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Science drags us 'kicking and screaming' toward truth

Bite"Science is so powerful that it drags us kicking and screaming towards the truth, despite our best efforts to avoid it."
Galileo Gambit:  "They also laughed at Bozo the Clown."

Category:Who to Believe?
Bite"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."—Carl Sagan
BiteWhat do a banana and a piece of coal have in common? Both are made of carbon and both provide us with energy. Coal stores carbon that was in the atmosphere millions of years ago. A banana stores carbon that was in the atmosphere just a few months ago.
We're seeing today what John Tyndall predicted in 1859.

BiteThe basic science of climate change is more than 150 years old. Back in 1859, Irish physicist John Tyndall predicted that winters would warm faster than summers, and nights faster than days. Now we see it borne out.
Are models wrong? No, they're 'useful'.

Bite“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful” — George E. P. Box
An extra 2°C and you'd have a fever!

Bite"When we look at the last 4 decades, we've seen 0.5°C global warming. Some people say, 'well that's not much!' Then I tell them to think of their bodies: 2°C extra and you'd have a fever. An extra 4°C and you'd be dead!"—Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber.
Scientific theories are like ropes with many strands

BiteQuestion: "What is the single most important piece of evidence supporting global warming theory?" Answer: "What is the single strand that is most important in holding a rope together? Finding one single strand that can be cut to break the rope is very unlikely." — Dr. Richard Alley
Consensus?  97+% of climate researchers support IPCC

Category:Who to Believe?
Bite"...97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field support the tenets of ACC [anthropogenic climate change] outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change..." —Anderegg, Prall, Harold, & Schneider (PNAS, 2010).
Debate = contest of orators. Science = contest of evidence.

BiteDebate is a contest of orators; Science is a contest of evidence.
Every major national science academy in world...

Category:Who to Believe?
Bite"Every major national science academy in the world has reported that global warming is real, caused mostly by humans, and requires urgent action."—Dr. James Hansen, NASA
If common sense were enough, we wouldn't need science.

Bite"It may not be common sense, but if common sense were good enough, we wouldn't need science."
Natural cycle? Even the dinosaurs would disagree

Bite"The last time climate change happened this fast was the Cretaceous (time of the dinosaurs) and the oil was being made then." - Stephanie Carter, park ranger at Crater Lake National Park
Drastic climate change is a conservative's worst nightmare

Bite"Under pressure from climate stress even the most robust constitutional democracy may find its character threatened. Faced with more stressful or severe frequent floods, people will become more accustomed to looking to central authority for aid and direction." - Brent Ranalli, writer for Globalist....
Think climate change is a bunch of hooey?  The Chinese do not

Bite"To my free enterprise colleagues -- especially conservatives here -- (if) you think it's all a bunch of hooey, the Chinese don't." — conservative Republican Rep. Bob Inglis.
Our new moon shot: Restore a healthy climate by 2070

Bite“We can restore the climate of the 1980s by 2070. It won’t require a miracle or big sacrifices, just the will and policies to do it.” — Peter Fiekowsky, physicist, business owner, and volunteer for Citizens Climate Lobby.

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