The Mikado and the Climate Scientologists

”I’ve got a little list, I’ve got a little list, of society offenders who might well be underground,” – W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado (HT: Zfiles.com)

Global Warming Pimp and National Academy of Sciences Member Stephen H Schneider has become the prophet of a new American Dark Age. He has officially quit trying to defend the scientific merits of the IPCC mandated belief that Anthropogenic Global Warming is the cause of recent changes in the Earth’s surface level atmospheric temperatures. Instead, he answers critics of this theory in a manner reminiscent of how The Catholic Church answered Galileo. His newest “contribution” to scientific knowledge, entitled “Expert credibility in climate change” is an exercise in peer-reviewed, enlightened polemic.

Schindler’s, oops, I mean Schneider’s list of infidels issues the following fatwa against the damn, dirty Denialists.

Here, we use an extensive dataset of 1,372 climate researchers and their publication and citation data to show that (i) 97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field support the tenets of ACC outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and (ii) the relative climate expertise and scientific prominence of the researchers unconvinced of ACC are substantially below that of the convinced researchers.

The Liberal Skeptic (AKA Thomas Fuller) does both the credibility of the American Left and The United States of America a big favor by properly taking this professional hatemongering out to the garbage where it belongs. In a column entitled “Global warming: Black list a black day for science” he offers the following opinion.

It is a blacklist. It’s also hilariously wrong. As Roger Pielke Jr. notes on his weblog, his father, who firmly believes in man’s impact on the climate, is rated as a skeptic, while James Hansen, who has repeatedly criticized the IPCC consensus (albeit for being too conservative) is mentioned as a supporter of the IPCC. This will contribute to the feeding frenzy on climate change and distract (as it is meant to do) from real discussion of climate change issues. It is a black day for science and shows that there are people more stupid than Ken Cuccinelli.

While perhaps unjust in the castigation of Ken Cuccinelli, I commend Mr. Fuller for remaining open-minded without letting his brain fall out. He has correctly identified that Schneider’s intent here is to bully and intimidate. Dr. Schneider has leant his own credibility and the once-good name of American Science to a document that does absolutely nothing to further the commonweal through the ruthless pursuit of knowledge.

In fact, this is anti-science. It shuts down the necessary robust debate by criminalizing competing theory. Everyone knew that the Geo-Centric Theory was settled science before The Renaissance. The Bible even said so, if you distorted the appropriate scripture in just the right manner. Any theological spin-doctor could have told you that. And like the Good Germans earning the seal of scientific political correctness from Stephen Schneider, they were credible experts in the field. They all had way more peer-reviewed articles published than that jerk-off Copernicus.

Thus, given the Inquisition-like ignorance regnant over the American Scientific profession, that the new Boeing aircraft, The 787 Dreamliner, was built primarily of foreign technology should come as no surprise. The wing, the key technological concept on any aircraft is built in Japan, where no scientist has to pretend to believe anything to stay off some nut-job’s blacklist.

Other parts of The Dreamliner are built in Sweden, Australia, Canada, France, Italy and Russia. The convenient thing to do here is to castigate Boeing for being a “Benedict Arnold Corporation” and “shipping good, high-paying American jobs” abroad to make illicit profits off of cheap, foreign labor. Except, when you want cheap, productive labor, you don’t go to France, Japan or Sweden. You go to those places to get something else America no longer offers – free, unfettered intellectual inquiry.

So, like the creepy bureaucratic mediocrities in a Gilbert and Sullivan comedy, our scientists devolve to the point where instead of having original ideas, they “have a little list.” Like the poor, benighted fool in The Rush album, “2112,” who brought music to The Temples of Syrinx, all dissenters must be crushed. This is just great, we’ll have credible experts.

However, the next time those “scientists” board an American aircraft, the hull and wings will be made in Japan, the floor boards in Sweden and the software will be coded in Bangalore. These things, like anything else involving creative thought or innovation, are increasingly becoming jobs Americans just won’t do. They are jobs Americans will no longer be allowed to do. New ideas will get you blacklisted by Stephen Schneider and the National Academy of Science. It’s way better to be a credible expert instead of a legitimate intellectual.