The so-called global-warming debate isn’t really much of a debate
Seth B. Darling, a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, SAYS the notion of an ongoing debate over global warming is based on fundamental misconceptions:
Mainstream outlets such as ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet The Press” [have] opted to provide substantial airtime to climate skeptics in addition to the climate science experts, in the misguided model of providing a “balanced” perspective. The so-called climate debate presumes that there is, in fact, debate among the scientists who study our climate.
This is simply not the case.
The truth is that there is a strikingly strong consensus among climate scientists — above 97 percent — that our planet is warming and we are primarily to blame. It’s near impossible to get 97 percent of scientists to agree about much of anything beyond the basic laws of physics. The fact that the consensus is this broad tells us it is time to end the idea that there is any debate in the scientific community.
Because the mass media have propped up a false debate, the general public is understandably confused. There are things we are still learning about climate and our effect on it, but the basic concepts attacked by skeptics are those that the scientific community has established with considerable evidence. Most skeptic arguments are built on a common error: cherry-picking bits of data without seeing the big picture.