Class Warfare Blog

August 12, 2013

Climate Change, A Scientific Conspiracy?

According to conservatives who get their information from Fox (sic) News, Climate Change is a global conspiracy of scientists, apparently to ensure they get a continuous flow of grant funds to study something that doesn’t exist. If that sounds incredibly stupid, let me explain why.

Let’s start with a small test. Question 1: Name a global scientific conspiracy or a continental one, or even one confined to a single country for that matter. All you need is one.

Okay, time is up. What did you come up with? Nada, zip, zilch? I suspect so because such a thing has never happened and it never will. The reason is simple. Such a thing could not happen because of scientific arrogance. (Trust me on this, I am a scientist.) Most scientists think their competitors, that is the other people in their field, are mental midgets whose limited capacity to think scientifically has probably been further impaired by taking too many drugs. None of the others can hold a candle to this individual. And if a conspiracy were to be considered, it would have to me (no me, No, Me!) who puts it together as those others are obviously ill-equipped to do so. And they all think like that.

Such a thing as a global scientific conspiracy has never happened and it never will.
The reason is simple. Such a thing could not happen because of scientific arrogance.
(Trust me on this, I am a scientist.)”

Scientists can only agree when there are no alternatives left. Only when the data have become completely iron-clad will there be any consensus and, even then, a few scientists will nurse their pet (though wrong) theories over in a corner somewhere. (Think of the discussions (aka wars) surrounding Climate Change for the last 40 years.) Consider what happens when any scientist publishes anything novel (and publishing is required). In phase one the knives come out. The ideas are attacked. The scientist is attacked. The sanity of the funding agency behind the research is questioned.

These are people who don’t “like people” in the first place and like competitors to their own glory much, much less. Most of them, had they any people skills at all, would have gone into a field where they could have made some real money.

I once saw an open letter in the Journal Physics Today from one Nobel Prize winning physicist to another Nobel Prize winning physicist acknowledging that he had lost a $10 bet. The bet was that the second physicist wouldn’t hold a good position any time in the previous decade. And these guys were considered “friends.”

So, is Climate Change the first global scientific conspiracy, involving the cooperation and ego sublimation of thousands of scientists? Only an idiot who has never met a real scientist could believe this. And only the anti-scientific idiots at Fox (sic) News could come up with such a vacuous idea.


  1. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists has even come out an said climate change is happening and its man made. I think that just about ends all debate.


    Comment by john zande — August 12, 2013 @ 9:43 am | Reply

    • At least amongst the science types, but the Fox (sic) News crowd, they are data proof, and reason proof, and evidence proof. After all Trayvon Martin was a known criminal thug on a crack concaine run when struck down. The crack was disguised as Skittles. After that flight of fancy, a scientific conspiracy makes sense; those danged scientist are sooo smart.


      Comment by stephenpruis — August 12, 2013 @ 10:44 am | Reply

      • Ha! I wish humans were smart enough to orchestrate even a minor conspiracy. sadly, i know we’re not. Sure, we can dream one up, but actually pull it off? No chance.


        Comment by john zande — August 12, 2013 @ 11:04 am | Reply

        • The conservatives here are doing pretty well with theirs, right out in the open. Have you read the Powell memo?


          Comment by stephenpruis — August 12, 2013 @ 11:08 am | Reply

          • I had to Google it. Damn, is all i can say after a quick read. These people really are their own Don Quixote’s, aren’t they?


            Comment by john zande — August 12, 2013 @ 11:23 am | Reply

            • As far as living in a fantasy world, yes, as far as being bumblers and ineffective, no.

              And Lewis Powell, a corporate lawyer if the first stripe was rewarded with a Supreme Court seat for his efforts!


              Comment by stephenpruis — August 12, 2013 @ 11:26 am | Reply

  2. Great explanation, but not very believable to the people who only saw scientists portrayed in Hollywood movie as mad villains eager to take over or destroy the world.
    By the way, there was Climategate in 2009. It turned out to be a bogus scandal, but that’s all the people ever need to think there was an actual conspiracy. Remember Fast and Furious, Obama birth certificate, Benghazi, IRS targeting conservatives?


    Comment by List of X — August 12, 2013 @ 9:44 am | Reply

    • Political conspiracies abound and some are actually real! But scientific, nope. And the movie villain scientists never worked with a community of scientists, so there was no conspiracy, just megalomania.


      Comment by stephenpruis — August 12, 2013 @ 10:41 am | Reply

      • Some are probably real, but not any of those I mentioned.


        Comment by List of X — August 12, 2013 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

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