COMMENTARY | Usually when one reads something in the newspaper that one finds irksome, one might curse or even write a strongly worded letter to the editor. A group of environmentalists have hit on something new, however, with Charles Krauthammer.
Krauthammer dared to write a column in the Washington Post suggesting that the doctrine of human caused climate change was not, after all, “settled science.” According to media critic Howard Kurtz, a group of environmentalists signed a petition to urge the Post to not publish the column. The Washington Post, to its credit, ignored the petition.
This is not how real scientists behave, but rather members of a cult. No self respecting lover of science would ever want anyone to be shut up, no matter how absurd they think the opinion being expressed is. If climate change is “settled science” then it would be self evident and people who disagree would be regarded much like creationists or flat Earthers.
But, contrary to pols like Al Gore, Secretary of State John Kerry, and, of course, the president, the causes of climate change are quite a bit more complex than just evil capitalist exploiters pumping CO2 into the atmosphere. Climate has always changed, from the Medieval Warming Period, to the Little Ice Age, to the time of confusion today during which computer models suggest the planet is warming while hard winter settles in as far south as Atlanta.
The members of the climate change church do not really think that their view is “settled science.” Otherwise they would not be so keen to shut people up and declare certain alternative points of view beyond the pale. Secretly they are afraid that their theories are not holding up to real world conditions. A lot of government grants and political fund raising depends on climate change hysteria. If that goes away, a lot of people will have to find more productive ways to make a living. And that can never be.