Source: TEDxNASA - Bruce Wielicki - Climate Change: Fact And Fiction, YouTube, February 28, 2011.
Notes: Dr. Bruce Wielicki is senior scientist for Earthscience at NASA's Langley Research Center. His research has focused on clouds and their role in Earth's radiative energy balance for more than 25 years.
“If you work within the science community, you would realize the last people on the planet capable of conspiracy are scientists. Their entire career is spent trying to prove the other guy is wrong. That is what we do for a living. We revel in it. You think we’re going to conspire together? Oh my God, we would not dream of it.
Yet, that’s what’s sold to the public to why climate is not real, ‘It is just some conspiracy.’
You should realize here is an entire book (and a documentary) written by science historians about something called Merchants of Doubt.
What do you mean by doubt? Well, doubt, we all have things sitting here on the internet that tell us ‘Is climate change fact?’ ‘Is it fiction?’ ‘What is really going on?’ ‘Is it a political agenda?’
There are groups out there you just have to realize who are making beautiful scientifically looking websites with the sole purpose of convincing you there’s more uncertainty about climate change than there really is. They are merchants of doubt.
You as consumers of information have to learn how to find accurate information on the internet.
This is just like the American Revolution when newspapers exploded on the world for more rapid, cheap information flow, and initially, there was no quality control. There was mostly garbage showing up with strong political agendas. We’re right back in that world.
It’s not bad. It’s just that we’re in a change and we have to learn better quality control of the information we have.”
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