Myths die hard. “Global warming” became “climate change.” And when, in all of time, has climate not changed? Nevermind; Al Gore says it’s true, it must be true.
Jonah Goldberg has some cautionary words on the limits of applied science. Especially when the science is anything but proven.
Goldberg is quite right to be humble in the face of conflicting data and uncertain science. Would that the Cassandras who forecast global ruin due to man-made “global warming” had the same humility. Is it possible that the alarmists who claim that New York City will be submerged in a few short years have it wrong? No, not possible? Hmm.
From Goldberg’s piece, a note about that which we thought we knew so well. Well, some of us:
What does it say that the modeling that guaranteed disastrous increases in global temperatures never predicted the halt in planetary warming since the late 1990s? (MIT’s Richard Lindzen says that “there has been no warming since 1997 and no statistically significant warming since 1995.”) What does it say that the modelers have only just now discovered how sunspots make the Earth warmer?
I don’t know what it tells you, but it tells me that maybe we should study a bit more before we spend billions to “solve” a problem we don’t understand so well.
I would add that the “problem” may not be one at all.