Who says alarmism can’t be tested?
Steve Rissing writes in the Columbus Dispatch:
…An explanation that can’t be tested isn’t an explanation — it’s a dream, a belief, a political position. It might make for good campaign rhetoric, but it makes for poor public planning.
The skeptics demand more science. Bring it on. What’s the red line for their “no effect” hypothesis? What has to happen for them to say: “We were wrong; there is an effect. You better do something about this.”Thomas Kuhn, a philosopher of science, noted in the middle of the last century that the ability and willingness to submit one’s hypothesis to testing and possible rejection formed a core component of effective science. Indeed, without it, one really isn’t practicing science; he or she is practicing advocacy at best, or maybe self-promotion.
The hold-out skeptics say they only want good science when it comes to climate change and planning for it. We all do.
How will we know we’re there? What will it take for them to abandon their “no effect” hypothesis? If they can’t answer that, they’re just adding even more hot air to the atmosphere.
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Alarmism can be tested — but the burden is on the alarmists.
They should make a climatic prediction based on atmospheric greenhouse gas levels. Then we’ll see if it comes true — or even reasonably close.
Short of that, alarmism can go pound sand.