Paul Krugman, aided by more than 500 commenters, launched a hysterical rant about the Republican war on science, all of which is embodied in Perry’s skepticism about anthropogenic global warming. Krugman and his acolytes are unanimous in their opinion: Republicans are anti-scientific, book burning, people burning, Galileo hating, troglodytes. (Neither he nor his groupies are as elegant or eloquent as I in saying so.)
There’s only one little problem: in his rant, Krugman kind of forgot, just a little bit, er, science. Roger Simon explains it to him, using simple words that even Paulie could probably understand. Here’s a taste:
But wait a minute. I don’t want to be unfair to Paul. He may not be up to speed on the latest findings, but he knows how you prove things scientifically. He tell us “…the scientific consensus about man-made global warming — which includes 97 percent to 98 percent of researchers in the field, according to the National Academy of Sciences — is getting stronger, not weaker, as the evidence for climate change just keeps mounting.”
I get it. The more people that believe something, the more it is true…. Oh, no. Sorry, Paul. I have to tell you you just flunked seventh grade general science. Or you forgot it. The number of people who believe something is irrelevant. What proves something to be true is that it can be replicated by experiment.