Based in the number of times climate change scientists have been caught with their pants down lately, it is tempting to think they were the inspiration for the ephemeral ditty “Pants on the ground”. A brief listing of their recent high jinks:
Top it all off with a climate change leader who apparently spends his spare time writing racy, semi-autobiographical fiction, and you have all the makings of the script of a Cohen brother film. What you don’t have is the kind of solid research necessary to warrant sweeping authoritarian legislation and the development of international governing bodies to regulate and oversee the American economy.
Personally I never had a qualm with the idea that the climate is changing, or that humans might play a role in that change. But I was (and still am) skeptical that this reality demanded the solutions suggested by global warming advocates. Now I’m not only deeply skeptical of the proposed solutions, but I question whether there is any reason to believe the problem exists at all.
Over the course of the last several years those who questioned the research were berated as ‘deniers’ and the claim was made that the science was no longer debatable. One lesson we need to learn going forward is that if it is truly a matter of science, then the findings should always be debatable – and those unwilling to debate the issue aren’t practicing science at all.