I cringe every time I hear someone invoke "settled science." And when
a scientist does it, I smell a rat.
Gravity is settled science.
But how gravity works is not. Not much of science is all that settled.
Especially assertions that global warming is man-made. Claims of settled
science have such a tattered history of being wrong, you'd think global
warming partisans would be afraid to trot out that old canard.
Yet, they do. We got another dose of settled-science baloney a couple of
weeks ago when the National Research Council, an arm of the National
Academy of Sciences, said the science underlying the assertions of
man-made global warming is "sound," despite "Climategate" discoveries
that called into question global warming's basic conclusions. Even
worse, the council's panel went well beyond the reach of cautious
science by stepping into the political arena and calling for a carbon
tax or cap-and-trade legislation.
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