by Wesley J. Smith
A man carries an inflatable Earth balloon
the People's Climate March
York City, September 21, 2014.
If you are not a climate/global warming alarmist,
you probably don't care about
global warming that
much, but that doesn't dissuade the alarmists from
In the meantime, the media is constantly pressured
to stop publishing any dissent by 'deniers' because
it blasts holes in their corrupted and faulty
Advocates Pressure Media to Silence Skeptics
A bit ago, I wrote
here that it is a huge advocacy
mistake for global-warming alarmists to refuse debating their
opponents. After all, if global catastrophe is really coming, one
should accept any and every opportunity to persuade doubters.
Now, global-warming public intellectuals have warned the media that
if they allow skeptics to have a voice in stories, they will boycott
open letter appearing in the
Balance implies equal
But this then creates
a false equivalence between an overwhelming scientific consensus
and a lobby, heavily funded by vested interests, that exists
simply to sow doubt to serve those interests.
Yes, of course
scientific consensus should be open to challenge - but with
better science, not with spin and nonsense.
We urgently need to
move the debate on to how we address the causes and effects of
climate change - because that's
where common sense demands our attention and efforts should be.
Fringe voices will protest about "free speech". No one should
prevent them from expressing their views, whether held cynically
However, no one is
obliged to provide them with a platform, much less to appear
alongside them to give the misleading impression that there is
something substantive to debate.
This "We are too right to
debate" variation is also folly.
media to only present the
alarmists' side of the case - which already happens much if not most
of the time anyway - will not change minds.
To the contrary, it will
raise the acute suspicion that they are silencing dissenters because
their their hypotheses are actually very debatable and they can't
stand the contest.
And it isn't as if dissenters' voices won't be heard anyway.
Their views will still be
voiced through the Internet, social media, and skeptical
There is no shortage of polar bears,
polar ice is growing
is not a top political priority
for vast numbers of people.
This kind of presumption
and arrogance won't increase their urgency. Insularity does not
serve the global-warming alarmist side well. Engagement with all
The "experts" don't get to decide when "the debate is over."
The people do...