The American Meteorological Society @ametsoc falls into the consensus trap in a letter to Rick Perry

Yesterday, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) published a letter yesterday to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, admonishing him for having the temerity to doubt that carbon dioxide is the “primary driver” of global warming. Here is the text of the letter. Source: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/about-ams/ams-position-letters/letter-to-doe-secretary-perry-on-climate-change/ (PDF) Here are a few of my thoughts. The AMS, in their…

The Perils of Consensus

Victor Grauer writes: The film, “The Big Short,” and the book, “No One Would Listen,” offer instructive object lessons on the dangers of blindly accepting a consensus, no matter how convincing it might sound. The following is lightly edited version of a comment originally submitted to the RealClimate blog, but predictably it wound up in…

Attempt by AAAS at climate consensus underscores the fact the ‘science is not a democracy’

From the “so what?” department and the American Association for the Advancement of Science via Eurekalert: Thirty-one top scientific societies speak with one voice on global climate change In a consensus letter to U.S. policymakers, a partnership of 31 leading nonpartisan scientific societies today reaffirmed the reality of human-caused climate change, noting that greenhouse gas…