Science Makes A Move Toward Omnipotence
Tony BeamDr. Tony Beam's Weblog
- 2007 Feb 10
The latest greatest UN sponsored panel of experts on “climate change” released their predictably dire predictions recently and the bad news is no matter what we do we are cooked for at least the next 100 years. This is truly amazing since other global warming extremists say we only have 10 years and we are toast. If you combine these two proclamations you come up with “drive your SUV till you drop” because it will take over 100 years to fix the planet and we only have 10 to years to go.
Junk science would be funny it if wasn’t trying to be omnipotent. But as it is, it’s just plain scary. Whatever your favorite leftist cause may be if you dig deep enough you will find “science” propping it up. From embryonic stem cell research to homosexuality to evolution to climate change, science is now the enabler of political correctness. Oh yes, and let’s not forget all those studies that prove that trans fat is worse than bubonic plague and exposing any living thing to second hand smoke is akin to chemical warfare. The United States military could save a lot of money on ordinance if we would just blow cigarette smoke at our enemies….but I digress.
Science has migrated from the examination of phenomenon through the scientific method of experimentation to the realm of metaphysics by claiming absolute knowledge about everything. And if you are a member of the scientific community who disagrees with the new politically correct official positions you will be considered worse than a Fundamentalist Christian. Just recently, The Weather Channel’s Heidi Cullen suggested the American Meteorological Society revoke its “Seal of Approval” for any TV weatherman who expresses skepticism that human activity is creating a climate catastrophe. Also, Scott Pelley, a “60 Minutes” correspondent compared skeptics of global warming to “holocaust deniers.” According to Marc Morano, communications director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, many skeptical university scientists have essentially been silenced over fears of loss of tenure and the withdrawal of research grant money.
Two new books, one released just before Christmas and one which will be released in March, present powerful, fact-based arguments that global warming is occurring but is not man made. In Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years by physicist Fred Singer and economist Dennis Avery, Singer points out that most of the recent warming of the earth occurred before 1940 and therefore could not have been caused by current levels of CO2 emissions. Singer also says the earth’s rising temperatures can be linked to periodic increased solar activity.
Climatologist Evelyn-Browning Garriss is the editor of the Browning Newsletter. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting about the social and economic impact of climate change for more than 30 years. She recently wrote a very controversial column touting the possible BENEFITS of global warming. Her list included overlooked benefits such as reduced deaths from the cold (20,000 fewer deaths in England alone compared to 2,000 heat related deaths), a reduction in heating bills by approximately $12.2 billion annually (if energy costs remain constant), the lengthening of the growing season which can increase the world’s food output, and the fact that CO2 gas, both natural and man made aides in photosynthesis and serves as a natural fertilizer which enhances plant growth. She goes on to say that according to the June 6 issue of Science magazine the earth is greener now than it has been in the past 100 years. The reason…..increased monsoon rains caused by increased global temperatures between 1980 and 2000. The Amazon jungle, an area that had been experiencing a loss of plant life accounted for 42% of the INCREASE in plant life due to the surprising level of monsoon rains. I wonder when the “Save the Rainforest” crowd is going to start marching in favor of global warming.
It isn’t just meteorologists who don’t toe the party line on global warming who are under attack. Two years ago, Steven Meyer who holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge and is a research fellow at the Discovery Institute presented a paper to a scientific journal associated with the Smithsonian Institutes National Museum of Natural History. The paper was entitled, “The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories.” It challenged the view by evolutionists that biological origins are random. The paper was peer reviewed by three other holders of Ph.D.’s in biology. At the end of the vetting process, Dr. Rick Steinberg, editor of the journal decided to publish Meyer’s paper. The “Evolutionist Nazi’s” responded with outrage, demanding Steinberg resign as editor and ostracizing Meyer. Critics of Steinberg’s decision to publish the article sited the American Association for the Advancement of Science which had recently declared Intelligent Design theory to be “unscientific by definition.” Imagine... two noted scientists had their careers nearly ruined by simply publishing a paper questioning the merits of one aspect of evolution.
I could go on with many other examples from a host of fields of scientific study. But these examples should be sufficient to demonstrate the hijacking of science by the Left in order to silence all who dare question the foundation of their agenda. The bottom line is science has become the theology of those who would deny the Truth of God.