Source: CO2 Science
In a front-page article in the 20 December 2011 issue of EOS, entitled “What Do U.S. Students Know About Climate Change,” Kevin M. Theissen makes some egregious statements that are not in harmony with basic principles that should be embraced by true practitioners of science.
First Example: “Relative to climate experts, the skeptics have an unreasonably large platform in the media and on Web sites.” Irrespective of whether that claim is true or false, the suggestion that there are “experts” on one side of the debate and “skeptics” on the other side is degrading to the people that Theissen considers to be skeptics, for it implies that none of them are “experts.” In reality, there are experts on both sides of the climate change debate. There are those who are truly alarmed about what they think is happening to earth’s climate as a result of anthropogenic CO2 emissions – who for that reason are often referred to as climate alarmists – and there are those who are skeptical of the contentions of those scientists, and who for that reason are often referred to as climate skeptics. Neither of these last two appellations are degrading when they are used together; but when one group claims to be the “experts” on the issue, it degrades the other group unjustifiably. (more…)