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The myth of ‘settled science’
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 2/20/2014 10:29:14 PM

I repeat: I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists. “The debate is settled,” asserted propagandist in chief Barack Obama in his latest State of the Union address. “Climate change is a fact.” Really? There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static, impervious to challenge. Take

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: plex, 2/20/2014 10:40:16 PM     (No. 9740588)

What a lovely piece!!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 2/20/2014 10:43:42 PM     (No. 9740594)

I´ve said this before. "Climate Change" is nothing more than an attempt to tax and/or regulate the very air we breath.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dvc, 2/20/2014 10:46:19 PM     (No. 9740598)

Well said, Charles, well said! Bravo!



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Reply 4 - Posted by: steph_gray, 2/20/2014 10:47:40 PM     (No. 9740599)

The High Church of Climate Change seems to be showing some foundational crumbling.

Two very serious take-downs in one day - WSJ and this one.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ruready?, 2/20/2014 11:08:12 PM     (No. 9740617)

Climate change is a platform for introducing communism.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: justavoter, 2/20/2014 11:20:23 PM     (No. 9740624)

#2, that would be tax the air we exhale.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mr smart, 2/21/2014 12:09:08 AM     (No. 9740654)

I have said this before that this cold weather has caused so much more Co2 from heating and even warming up cars but nobody is saying anything about that. If Co2 is bad
and I say if then things need to be warmer
so we burn less to stay alive.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 2/21/2014 12:24:01 AM     (No. 9740662)

The good Doctor sure is right in his assessment of California. Our “betters” have abandoned God and embraced madness. California’s rain/drought cycle is well established and no surprise to anyone. Moonbeam’s dad, Governor Pat Brown, built freeways to move goods and people, built dams and reservoirs to store water in abundant rain years, and aqueducts to move water into the Central Valley making it into the nation’s salad bowl.

His son, Jerry, presides over the decay and dismantlement of everything Pat accomplished. Our freeways and bridges are in disrepair and inadequate, it has been decades since a new dam has been built while existing dams are being removed, and the water has been shut off to the richest farmland in America turning it into a man-made dust bowl. Without water what’s this land worth now? (Side Bar: The proposed route for the “bullet train” is straight up the Central Valley. Once the farms are ruined the land prices will plummet. This boondoggle project will only benefit the communist cartel and their cronies.)

The high priests of climate change tell the peasants they are sacrificing our God-given natural resources because settled science demands it to save us from ourselves, while they cynically line their pockets. I don’t see much difference between these educated mandarins and primitive pagans throwing virgins into volcanoes to appease their rain god.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NotaBene, 2/21/2014 3:17:38 AM     (No. 9740707)

Global Warming is not supported by any data. It is a hoax. Earth temperature has not risen for 15 years. The last ice age was 10,000 years ago and carved the Great Lakes and Minnesota lakes. We warmed up without any cars. 500,000,000 years ago a condition called Snowball Earth ( Google it) existed in which most, or all, the oceans were frozen over. We warmed up thanks to volcanic eruptions that released masses of CO2. This is what allowed modern animal body forms to evolve without any cars or industrial revolution.

Use reason: glaciers generated the Mississippi valley not that long ago and now, thankfully, are gone.

Global Warming is a huge lie propagated by Marxists such as Gore-Clinton and Obama-Hussein to slow down the progression of the US job creation machinery. They detest our country.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Really?, 2/21/2014 4:50:06 AM     (No. 9740733)

Seems funny that the possibility of "climate change" means that we should take drastic steps to "make sure" it doesn´t happen.

Yet, to these same people, the possibility of going totally bankrupt (with no chance to do anything about the environment or anything else) is of no concern at all.

Raise the debt ceiling, spend trillions on "stimulus" and oh, my favorite, "light rail" systems, and make promises of healthcare and retirement benefits without any reasonable funding assumptions at all.

Which is more settled, the idea that making environmental laws and taxing the citizens of the USA while other countries continue to pollute without restriction will stop or slow down "climate change", or........the idea that spending far beyond what your actual revenues are,year after year, will cause bankruptcy ?

One is a theory, never before seen through, while the other has been witnessed over and over since the beginning of time.

How do we EVER listen to these people about ANYTHING ?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: M2, 2/21/2014 8:29:17 AM     (No. 9740903)

One of his best. Way to go, Doc.

Like the Doc, I bristle at "settled science", too. For example, the "settled science" of Darwinian macro-evolution, which (contrary to Darwinian micro-evolution) has never been proved and cannot be. Talk about faith.

I hope Doc´s comments last night on Fox News´ roundtable re: the FCC intrusion are widely disseminated. I thought he was going to come out of his skin.

Viz man-made global warming, how come the IPCC fraud hasn´t reached the White House and how come the other fraudulent AGW hoaxes never get mentioned in the media?

(I can´t believe I asked that question.)

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jackburton, 2/21/2014 8:48:18 AM     (No. 9740935)

You know there are two types of people out there: The regular indoctrinated warmists and the Climate Parasites like Michael Mann or Al Gore who make money selling us carbon indulgences.

The first should be reasoned with.

The second should be indicted and tried.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Clinger, 2/21/2014 8:54:14 AM     (No. 9740945)

Anyone with a functioning BS alarm will see this for what it is. Ever have someone try to sell you stock or a car or anything based on their superior or exclusive knowledge but you must move now with no means of vetting the veracity of their claims? Has that feel doesn´t it.

By virtue of our debt we have handed the custodianship of the planet to the Chinese. Don´t like the way we have handled it great but forcing generations into servitude and delegating stewardship to the Chinese helps how?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/21/2014 8:57:30 AM     (No. 9740955)

10,000 years ago my office was under 100 feet of ice. So, climate does change. And, all the CFL bulbs in the world won´t stop it!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bpl40, 2/21/2014 8:57:46 AM     (No. 9740956)

Proof against ´global warming´ is high school physics and geography. That is why they heap abuse and derision on it to scare away the overly curious.
Some rough numbers without nit picking. The earth produces on an average 650 billion tons of CO2 every year. This number has naturally swung over 20% in either direction. This means a natural swing of 275 billion tons over the ages. This pendulum is balanced through natural feed back mechanisms. Human carbon dioxide production went up from 7 billion tons to 19 billion tons.
This is constantly trumpeted as an increase of 150%, which it is. But a 12 billion ton increase in a natural system that easily and routinely handles a number over twenty times that, is not an imminent global catastrophe.
That the Left will be robbed of a neat new excuse to levy more taxes and controls on wealth production is the only ´set back´.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: krause, 2/21/2014 9:24:14 AM     (No. 9741005)

The nice think about ´settled science´ is that you can then cancel all the research grants.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Tall Oak, 2/21/2014 9:25:14 AM     (No. 9741007)

To the best of my knowledge, the only times that there was no climate change was when the Earth was molten or, as #9 brought up, when it was frozen solid during the Snowball Earth period.

BTW, NASA has reported that the Moon´s orbit is slowly moving further away from Earth. Is that because of the increase of bovine flatulence is expanding the atmosphere or by the concentrated bovine excrement generated from all the lib lunatics howling at it?


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Reply 18 - Posted by: kayworthy, 2/21/2014 9:27:53 AM     (No. 9741010)

Welcome to the bitter clinger´s club Obie.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: velox, 2/21/2014 9:38:03 AM     (No. 9741033)

Without checking the numbers, I agree with Reply 15.
As an engineer with some advanced work in thermodynamics I know to solve a problem with 3 unknowns you must have 3 equations. To solve a problem with one thousand unknowns you must have one thousand equations. For the correct solution, all of the equations must be exactly modeled correctly. This is impossible when dealing with thousands of scientists. When I hear someone like Al Bore tell me, "the science is settled" the hair on my back goes up.
This guy flunked everything he ever tried.
We may have warming or we may have cooling, but the Science is certainly not settled!



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Reply 20 - Posted by: peterfleming, 2/21/2014 9:45:38 AM     (No. 9741046)

Obama´s conspiracy, Climate Control, just like Feinstein´s conspiracy, Gun Control, is no more than another form of dictatorial, Hitlerian people control for the UN supported New World Order. .... or, the American
Communist Party, whichever you prefer.

Taking the outrageous, mad man words of the boyishly
cute looking, local TV announcer face of Barack, and
saying his exact words, delivered by an actor playing the uniformed role of Adolph Hitler, would be quite a shock to all of America, not to mention endangering the life of the gutsy, daring actor.
Certain facial expressions, when the smile disappears, he looks like Benito Mussolini. So, we´re already halfway
there. Having all his words ferociously delivered out of the mouth of a good impersonator, would be a smashing eye opener.

Wait a minute, there is some YouTube film out there with a few Nazi actors listening to a Hitler actor. Maybe that would be the quickest way to bust the Obama-like Communist Charade.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: toddh, 2/21/2014 9:59:29 AM     (No. 9741064)

When it comes to the climate and pollution, the science is settled: nuclear energy is the way to go.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 2/21/2014 10:31:05 AM     (No. 9741102)

CO2 is not a pollutant.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: cake crumb, 2/21/2014 11:30:02 AM     (No. 9741197)

Ah, he has such a way with words.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Hobbitmom, 2/21/2014 12:00:03 PM     (No. 9741242)

FTA - "The debate is settled,” asserted propagandist in chief Barack Obama in his latest State of the Union address. “Climate change is a fact.”

Is this as factually correct as Barack Hussein´s insistence that, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period."

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Reply 25 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 2/21/2014 12:13:10 PM     (No. 9741262)

Galileo would argue that no science is ´settled´...we saw what happened to him when the ´world´ decided that the earth was the center of the universe and that science was ´settled´...Fools.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Butch59, 2/21/2014 12:33:16 PM     (No. 9741292)

Anyone with a brain knows that there are many sciences that are NOT settled. Is the big bang theory settled? Then why is it a theory. Is the practice of medicine settled? Then why do doctors "practice" it. You can go on with just about any field of science. Even physics isn´t settled. When we all learned about Newtonian physics is turned on it´s head by quantum physics. All of these people that chant about "climate change" should take a good look at that great big light in the sky. That´s where "climate change" begins and ends. Whatever the sun does is going to be felt here on planet earth. And we have know that for a long time. We just do know when the sun is going to do something.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 2/21/2014 12:39:57 PM     (No. 9741305)

Greenies demand that we plant more trees.

Trees eat carbon dioxide.

How are we going to feed the trees if we dont have carbon dioxide?????

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Shucky, 2/21/2014 3:01:25 PM     (No. 9741509)

Whether our species dies out, or makes every effort to put as much carbon dioxide as possible into the atmosphere, the next ice age will come. Many alarmists believe that such major calamities can be prevented, the elite among them push the cause for personal gain.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: knarfski, 2/21/2014 3:44:58 PM     (No. 9741548)

My impression is that Mr. Obama knows very little about science and scientific evidence, and even less about what this country needs right now.

He mentions "science" to enhance his ideological messages..and fails to see that science helps clarify thinking about important, complex matters.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Tianne, 2/21/2014 7:41:11 PM     (No. 9741724)

President Obama doesn´t know what he´s talking about.

Dr. Krauthammer does know what he´s talking about.

There - it´s settled.

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Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of


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