So what is it? Science or something else.

The Australian tells us, on its home page today:

SCIENTISTS: Climate change deniers blasted

Inside The Oz elaborates–without evidence:

SCIENTISTS have warned federal parliamentarians a misinformation campaign about the evidence of human-induced climate change is undermining the value of other research.

More than 200 scientists will take part in the the annual Science Meets Parliament today.

They will ask MPs and senators to make sure the climate change debate does not harm the vital contribution research is making to the nation’s future.

The Federation of Australian Science and Technological Societies says misleading claims about climate science are spilling over into attacks on the credibility of scientific research in general.

“The valuable and credible work of all scientists is under attack as a result of a noisy misinformation campaign by climate denialists,” CEO Anna Maria Arabia said.

“It’s in the nation’s interests that our political leaders now lead the community forward on this critical issue.”

I wonder how many of these self-described scientists have a coherent response to this headline from Watts Up With That?:

On The Hijacking of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)

The author is Bill Gray, Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University. His point is:

I am very disappointed at the downward path the AMS has been following for the last 10-15 years in its advocacy of the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) hypothesis. The society has officially taken a position many of us AMS members do not agree with. We believe that humans are having little or no significant influence on the global climate and that the many Global Circulation Climate Model (GCMs) results and the four IPCC reports do not realistically give accurate future projections. To take this position which so many of its members do not necessarily agree with shows that the AMS is following more of a political than a scientific agenda.

One of his very specific points of criticism is the quality of contemporary climate modelling, not least given the vast sums of money poured in to climate research.

Which led to this reasonable response at Powerline:

To put it less delicately, an enormous amount of money has flowed into the global warming movement. It is lavishly funded, mostly by governments. For an AGW enthusiast to admit that his models are patently wrong would mean an end to the gravy train. Hence the ongoing frauds that are perpetrated in the name of climate change.

Australian scientists seem to assume they have a right to taxpayer-funded (or rather funds courtesy of government borrowings) research without question. I think not. Given the less than rosy outlook for prosperity the assumptions of their importance may encounter severe questioning, perhaps of the sort that they themselves should direct towards the data and claims that underpin the ideology and false science of climate change (as presently defined).




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