2012 GOP Guide to the Climate Debate

steve_milloyCandidates need to be ready to blow away the arguments

By Steve Milloy

If you’re thinking of becoming a Republican presidential candidate – and who isn’t these days – you can plan on being pressed on the climate issue. In the wake of last week’s new report from a panel of the National Research Council (NRC) reiterating its old talking points on climate, The Washington Post editorialized that all (read “Republican”) candidates for political office should be quizzed about whether they agree with the “scientific consensus of America’s premier scientific advisory group.”

Although this threat is intended to intimidate Republicans who tend toward queasiness when confronted with environmental issues, the attack is easy to parry and then even to counterattack – that’s why Al Gore and his enviros duck debating so-called “climate skeptics.”

First, let’s dismiss a couple of faulty premises of The Post’s editorial.

While it is true that the NRC operates under the umbrella of the National Academy of Sciences, the NRC panel that authored the report has nothing to do with the prestigious individual scientists who make up the National Academy of Sciences membership. NRC panels are highly politicized and often stacked, and no climate skeptics were included in the panel that wrote last week’s report.

Next, science doesn’t work on a consensus basis. We don’t accept that the Earth revolves around the Sun because most scientists or a group of scientists have agreed to say so. Science is driven by data, not groupthink.

In actuality, the NRC report is more an exercise in political science than climate science.

Read the rest of this op-ed at the Washington Times.

Steve Milloy is the author of Green Hell.

71 Responses to 2012 GOP Guide to the Climate Debate

  1. Rob N. Hood June 26, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Yep, you got me. You see through everything like a razor.

  2. paul wenum June 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    In other words. No response. Typical.

  3. Rob N. Hood June 28, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    No response is typical for me? Really Paul?! Again, what planet are you living on…?

  4. paul wenum June 29, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Same as you, or I thought. Are you proving me wrong?

  5. Rob N. Hood July 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I cannot even pretend to try and communicate anything with you further.

  6. Joe July 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    We all see that. You cannot answer without a tele-prompter..

  7. Rob N. Hood July 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Cannot respond cannot respond cannot respond…. Damn tele-prompter!!

  8. Joe July 10, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    We assume so. Nothing changes.

  9. Rob N. Hood July 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Everything changes.

  10. Joe July 16, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    Not with you.

  11. Rob N. Hood July 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Oh snap! What a slam! I never heard that one before! Ouch, where’s my mommy?!

  12. Joe July 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Left wing liberals usually look for Mommies dress when times get tough. Need a band-aid????

  13. Rob N. Hood July 30, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    How insightful about the left wing. Wow. Impressive.

  14. Joe August 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    Have crying towel available. Never used by the way. Sense you may need it.

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