Why The Left Has Reacted So Aggressively to Dr. Wei Hock-Soon’s Anti-Climate Change Paper
“Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.” – Gustav Flaubert
When someone preaches falsity, that falsity is always smothered under the weight of the truth over time. That notion has been proven over, and over again. It may take years, or even decades, but truth, under the sheer power of time, presses down upon lies until those lies have been completely snuffed out.
If one sees obvious falsity in the face of what they know to be true, they need not rush to destroy it with excessive aggression, but merely demonstrate why it is false by displaying it squarely next to reality. That is why, when an individual, or a group, decides to aggressively attack, and smear another because of a perceived untruth, I question their motives. In other words, they doth protest too much.
Solar Astrophysicist Dr. Wei Hock-Soon recently released a paper which was critical of the idea of anthropogenic global climate change. You know where this is going.
According to Breitbart:
“The article reveals what appears to be an error in the computer models used to predict global warming that leads models to over-estimate future warming by a factor of three.”
Environmentalists, rather than celebrate a work of scientific achievement, have since attempted to destroy Dr. Wei Hock-Soon. Rather than simply debate him openly, they have resorted to underhanded smears. Their aggression has been unprecedented–so much so, that Hock-Soon has issued an open letter, in which he defends himself, and shames those who would smear him for questioning climate change. It reads in part:
“This effort should be seen for what it is: a shameless attempt to silence my scientific research and writings, and to make an example out of me as a warning to any other researcher who may dare question in the slightest their fervently held orthodoxy of anthropogenic global warming…I am willing to debate the substance of my research and competing views of climate change with anyone, anytime, anywhere. It is a shame that those who disagree with me resolutely decline all public debate and stoop instead to underhanded and unscientific ad hominem tactics.”
After the barrage of attacks on the scientists, Christopher Monckton, a co-author of the paper with Hock-Soon, took to task every single one of the arguments made agains them, and their work, saying:
“What happened [after publication] demonstrates the sorry state to which climatology has sunk. Within hours a blog funded by the wealthy but mysterious ‘European Climate Foundation’ had gathered instant rent-a-quotes from half a dozen soi-disant climate ‘scientists’ savagely but anti-scientifically attacking our paper.”
The extraordinary aggression with which the climate science community has attacked these men, and their work leads me to one simple conclusion: they are afraid.
Human nature tells us that overreactions—specifically aggressive ones—tend to be triggered by fear. No one overreacts unless they are protecting something–reputation, money, friends, family, etc. Overreaction is—more specifically—triggered by the possibility of a threat. In this case, that threat is to the “settled science” of anthropogenic climate change.
These scientists are terrified that what has been revealed in this paper (as well as numerous recent findings by others) could bring their entire belief eco-system to the ground. This would destroy their careers, as well as their livelihoods, and reputations. If it is revealed that what has been sold to us for years as “settled science” is nothing more than junk, the domino effect will be extraordinary. Following scientists, the fallout would bring down the entire green movement economy. It will then move on to politicians (who have used global warming/climate change as a vote-getter for years). This is unacceptable, and therefore, Dr. Hock-Soon, and his colleagues must be destroyed.
Why else would there be such unmitigated aggression? If Hock-Soon was just some wacko, he would be dismissed out of hand. But the protestations reveal a deep fear among climate scientists, and politicians.
This is war.