It's the climate, stupid

Ridicule becomes key strategy to silence global warming skeptics

Skeptical of climate change and global warming theories?

Oh, maybe you believe the Earth is flat, too.

That’s what Secretary of State John Kerry apparently thinks of you. He amped up the Obama Administration’s ongoing campaign to ridicule climate change skeptics during a recent speech in Indonesia, in which he likened global warming doubters to so-called “flat-earthers.”

“The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand,” Kerry said. “We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”

Kerry’s speech, in which he called climate change skeptics “a tiny minority of shoddy scientists” and “extreme ideologues,” reminds us of comments made last year by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who summed up the administration’s mockery strategy more succinctly.

“These people have to be ridiculed,” Schatz said. “They have to be run out of town rhetorically.”

The Democratic message is clear: Disagreeing with climate change legislation is the same as disagreeing with science, which means you are a knuckle-dragging troglodyte, your opinion doesn’t count and you should just shut up and step aside before you embarrass yourself any further.

Well, excuse us, but there is plenty of scientific evidence to the contrary, and shouldn’t that research receive some credence instead of summary dismissal as the work of “shoddy scientists”? How scientific is that?

Shouldn’t there be more discussion before enacting economy-strangling measures such as cap-and-trade schemes and carbon taxes? Or before pouring more money into windmills and solar arrays that look impressive but produce little energy?

Kerry says climate change science is “unequivocal.” You would be hard-pressed to find a scientist who would use that word, especially when we’ve been told climate change is responsible for everything from drought and wildfires to rising sea levels and melting ice caps to animal extinctions.

The laws of gravity are unequivocal. Global warming is not.

Political commentator George Will summed up Kerry’s rant best: “When a politician on a subject implicating science, hard science, economic science, social science says ‘the debate is over,’ you may be sure of two things. The debate is raging and he’s losing it.”

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