Stop the climate change juggernaut! I want to get off!

Climate Change: When new facts emerge, the open-minded tend to alter their views. This is what has happened to a Hungarian environmental scholar whose position on global warming has been transformed.

Until his Damascus moment, Miklos Zagoni, a physicist and environmental researcher, had been touted as his nation’s “most outspoken supporter of the Kyoto Protocol.” But then this activist saw the work of a fellow Hungarian scientist. His world was rocked. “I fell in love” with the theory, he told DailyTech.com.

Ferenc Miskolczi, an atmospheric physicist at NASA’s Langley Research Center with three decades of experience, had found that researchers have been repeating a mistake when calculating the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on temperatures. We’re not scientists, but it looks to us like Miskolczi found that the Earth does a good job of adapting and self-regulating.

As has been noted elsewhere, Miskolczi’s theory could explain why the warming that models have been predicting for decades has never materialized.

NASA’s response to the new results? It refused to publish them, reports DailyTech.com. Miskolczi quit, citing in his resignation letter a clash between his “idea of the freedom of science” and NASA’s “practice of handling new climate change related scientific results.”  (Emphasis mine.)

Read the rest here.

God forbid, of course, that scientists should keep their minds open and examine actual facts, whether to refute or to affirm them, as well as the conclusions to be derived from them.  This is the scientific version of the pernicious liberal mindset that reaches a conclusion and then rebuts all factual challenges and discussion through the age-old tactic of stuffing fingers in the ears and shouting out “Nyah, nyah, nyah!  I can’t hear you.”  It was effective and dangerous on the kindergarten playground, and is just as effective, only more dangerous, when used in the real world.  For another example of this tactic, check out Jonah Goldberg’s take-down of The New Republic book reviewer.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Whatever happened to that one “I am a scientist” poster on this blog whom we used to torment so much that he eventually threw down his marbles and left? You know, the one that maintained that no “credible” scientist had ever refuted global warming. I think that he decided we were right-wing nincompoops for challenging his “scientific” assertions.

  • Ymarsakar

    He got tired of the cognitive dissonance that he experienced as a result of commenting here. I don’t blame him. Being smart and scientific just lets him hold even more inconsistent thoughts and beliefs in his head at once. That can’t be pleasant after awhile.

  • jj

    He was a big supporter of the IPCC, which it is increasingly becoming apparent is a political, not scientific, animal. The IPCC report he constantly referenced is reported in the media as reflecting the consensus of thousands of scientists, when, as Dr. Richard Lindzen (Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at MIT) said on CNN: “The summary for policymakers has the input of about 13 of the scientists.”

    And it should of course be never forgotten that science does not have “consensus.” Science does not look for “settled”: ideas. Science is a self-correcting process that constantly puts its tested hypotheses forward for others to test, criticize – and either confirm or deny.

    Note further, on December 20, 2007 the Senate Commitee on the Environment and Public Works issued a report that 400 scientists (400 – that’d be pretty much all of the ones at the top in the field in this country) now believe the evidence doesn’t support that “consensus.” Two questions: why has that Senate report gone largely unreported? Why did that Senate committee’s Web site – which is very critical of the climate change “consensus” – win the National Science Foundation’s 2007 Gold Mouse Award?

    Why, if the debate is over, did 100 scientists argue against the “consensus” just week before last (March 2 – 4) at the International Climate Science Coalition? (And – have you heatrd any reporting about it?)

    And the Copenhagen Consensus, a group of 36 experts including four Nobel Prize winners, just recently concluded that of 17 challenges facing the world, efforts to stop global warming should receive priority #17. Dead last. (And – did you hear any reporting about it?)

    What a load of %^$#@$%.