The most harmful aspect of “climate change” is the extent to which a cabal of dishonest, disingenuous “scientists” are destroying true science.  Science is never “settled,” such as what we’re told by the climate change alarmists.

True science relies on the method known as “the method of multiple competing hypotheses.”  I heard this throughout my lifetime from my father, who was a research scientist himself.

So when the politicians and unscrupulous scientists say “there’s only one hypothesis were going to consider,” you shut down the evaluation of all the others.  And that evaluation is inherently vital to the scientific method.

Consider a recent statement by British professor Stephen Hawking about President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.

“We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible.  Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees, and raining sulphuric acid,” Hawking said.

Really?  Now, I admire Professor Hawking’s courage in life (being a quadriplegic), but his intellectual honesty is simply appalling.

Venus is 250 degrees because it is 67 million miles from the sun.  The Earth is 93 million miles from the sun; hence, the 26 million mile differential accounts for the two planets’ temperature differential.  And a huge cloud of sulphuric acid has hovered over Venus for eons, based on the best available scientific information.

Also consider a pop-culture figure that may have some influence over our children’s scientific belief system about climate change and the environment.

Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” said earlier this summer that persons who deny the existence of climate change should face jail time.  Nye also believes that when couples have more than one child, it is a threat to the environment, and those doing so should be punished under the law.

Bill Nye and Stephen Hawking are dangerous, irresponsible demagogues.  Their dogmatism should be considered for what it is – Junk Science.

-Mark Pope