Today’s post is at The Stream: California To Make Global Warming Skepticism Illegal.
“All right, Briggsy. We know you’re in there! Throw out your notes on improved cloud parameterizations in general circulation models and come out with your hands up!”
You’ll never get me, copper! You want me? Come and get me!
Says you! What’s the charge, copper?
“Disseminating publicity casting doubt on the scientific understanding of climate change which has delayed public understanding of the risks of continuing to emit high levels of greenhouse gases, and which confused and polarized the public.”
You EPA agents think you’re so tough with those automatic weapons in your hands. I come out now, and you’d gun me down in cold blood!
California has either three devious scheming duplicitous underhanded finagling conniving state senators, or it has three foolish stupid bug-witted imbecilic mouth-breathing scientifically illiterate state senators. (I’ll prove this contention below.) For only two explanations—malicious Machiavellian maneuvering or inexcusable ineducable ignorance—are possible to explain the introduction of the “California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016” by senators Ben Allen, Hannah-Beth Jackson, and Mark Leno (all Democrats)…
Now for the proof I promised. The Bill (as of 10 May 2016) states “There is broad scientific consensus that anthropogenic global warming is occurring and changing the world’s climate patterns, and that the primary cause is the emission of greenhouse gases from the production and combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.”
This is false. It is untrue. Worse, it is easily seen to be false by anybody taking even a moment’s effort…
“But, say, Briggs, isn’t this the same as cigarette smoking? The government rightly holds accountable those scientists who say smoking doesn’t cause ill health.”
No, it isn’t the same. Leaving aside the merits of whether the government has the right to ban scientists from saying anything in their competence, those scientists who say smoking causes ill health at least make good predictions. Smokers get sick.
This is another thing the senators knew of, or should have. Before government decided scientific “Truth” through legislative action, scientists used to say that when a theory made rotten predictions, the theory was surely false. That climate scientists (whether or not there is a consensus) can’t say with any reliability what day follows Wednesday means that their theory of global warming is almost certainly wrong.
Yet California tried to decree that no uncertainty in Climate “Truth” is allowed.
That isn’t science. It’s thuggery masking as politics.
Go there to read the rest—while it’s still legal.
Incidentally, the smoking bit was cut at Stream, but it’s here for completeness.