You have to wonder if they feel any shame writing headlines like Yahoo News published earlier today: “Global Warming may be driving the frigid temperatures the U.S. has been experiencing this winter.” But the truth is, they don’t.
And there’s a reason that they don’t: those who push global warming/climate change/climate disruption theory are not part of a scientific movement. This is a religion, or if it seems more palatable to those who will recoil violently from being associated with something they see as scurrilous as organized religion, this is a philosophical movement and has been for some time.
It was scientific philosopher Karl Popper who popularized the term falsification as a line of demarcation separating scientific things from unscientific things. For instance, the question about the existence of God is unscientific since it is not falsifiable. The very nature of God makes Him a supernatural being, meaning He would exist outside the scope of our scientific laws and means of testing. You can’t prove God using science, but you also can’t disprove God using science. This makes the question of God one for philosophical reasoning and logic, not scientific hypothesis and experiment.
Meanwhile, a hypothesis that “it is always over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the tropics” is falsifiable. It can be tested and disproved. Thus, it is a scientific concept.
And while the question of whether or not our globe is warming would seem to be scientifically testable, those whose entire careers and reputations are predicated upon the multi-million-dollar global warming complex, have made sure it’s not.
- Long-term cooling trends? A mere “pause” in the warming.
- Violent hurricanes ravaging sea coasts? Global warming.
- A prolonged absence of violent hurricanes ravaging sea coasts? Global warming.
- Oppressive summer heat? Global warming.
- Brutal stretches of bitter deep freezes in ordinarily temperate climate zones? Global warming.
- Shrinking Antarctic ice sheets? Global warming.
- Growing and thickening Antarctic ice sheets? Global warming.
This is why it’s silly to continue having public debates about the “science of global warming.” Those advocating it have rendered it scientifically unfalsifiable, which means they themselves have rendered it an unscientific philosophical theory.
And that’s fine. People can believe it, tout it, worry about it, fear it, write about it, and tell others about it all they want. But those of us who are skeptical don’t question science – we question their unfalsifiable religious claim.