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  • ironbar_may1 ironbar_may1 May 21, 2013 10:36 AM Flag

    How many times do climate scientists have to be wrong before people stop believing them?

     

    How many times do climate scientists have to be wrong before people stop believing them?

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    • Depends. Climate scientists -or to use the correct nomenclature, climatologists- are largely limited by the amount available of data. I consider climatology a 'hard science,' but it hasn't been defined as a specific scientific discipline until maybe a decade ago...and is dependent on statistical analyses of observed weather patterns averaged over a 'sufficient interval.'

      Meteorologists, however, are wrong a large part of the time (if not most of the time) in their forecasting; yet anyone who is concerned about the weather (pilots, sailors) doesn't stop believing in them.

      From a layman's perspective, I don't see how dumping billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per year while simultaneously cutting down trees and acidifying the world's oceans (70% of surface area) could have no atmospheric impact. Did you skip the chapters on metabolism, photosynthesis and basic chemistry??

      While I agree that some of the more specific climate models regarding current global warming are ill-defined and that many are probably wrong, the reality is that global temperatures are increasing. Ignoring it won't make it go away.

    • rodentologist@bellsouth.net rodentologist May 21, 2013 10:49 AM Flag

      Grapefruit again repeats himself: "How many times do climate scientists have to be wrong before people stop believing them?"

      Well, Grapefruit, they should at least have to be wrong *once*.

      Can you tell me something they have been wrong about?

    • How many times do climate scientists have to be wrong before people stop believing them?
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      Were you home schooled?

      Do you believe that 'creationism' is a 'science'?

      Do you believe that there is a legitimate scientific "controversy" between 'creationism' and the theory of evolution?

      Finally drooler, can you demonstrate 2 instances in which climatology has been wrong?

      Sentiment: Strong Sell

 
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