COMMENTARY | One of the many aspects of the global warming canard has been the supposition that as the polar ice caps continue to melt, the population of polar bears have become endangered. Now that turns out to be not strictly true, according to Powerline.
Apparently the scientist who was responsible for sounding the alarm on polar bears has decided to recant, which is to say to admit that he made the whole thing up. No one has any idea how many polar bears there are, especially in remote regions. Therefore the figure given was a rough guesstiment.
Polar bears are magnificent animals, albeit to be admired from a distant. So the image of them drowning as global warming destroyed the polar ice cap was one designed to tug at the heart strings and force drastic change in the way we produce energy. Now it seems that the science that suggested this was not settled after all.
There is a crisis in the way science is being conducted. The generally understood way that science is done is that scientists measure phenomenon and derive hypothesis based on these observations and from experimentation. The hypothesis are tested and argued about, with alternate explanations offered. Eventually the frontiers of knowledge are pushed back based on evidence.
Climate science seems to be different, though. The theory of global warming has already been preemptively embraced as fact in order to service a political agenda. This requires some people to lie, just as the scientist who suggested that the phenomenon was killing polar bears. Anyone offering different ideas, based on observable phenomenon, have to be silenced by a kind of unofficial inquisition. 400 years ago Galileo was told to shut up about what he was seeing in his telescope. Now his modern equivalents are being told to shut up about skepticism that global warming is a problem or even exists. Fortunately they cannot be threatened by burning at the stake, just with having their grant money cut off and being vilified by being called “deniers.” In other words, career death rather than actual death.