In remarks that could come direct from the dogmatists in the Curia, Prof. Holdren shows that he prefers the “public discourse” that is science (and democracy, for that matter) to be a chorus.
“The few climate-change ‘skeptics’ with any sort of scientific credentials continue to receive attention in the media out of all proportion to their numbers, their qualifications, or the merit of their arguments. And this muddying of the waters of public discourse is being magnified by the parroting of these arguments by a larger population of amateur skeptics with no scientific credentials at all… It has delayed – and continues to delay – the development of the political consensus that will be needed if society is to embrace remedies commensurate with the challenge.” extract from: John HoldrenHis claims about the lack of an evidentiary basis for ‘skepticism’ are simply wrong. See this summary from climate researcher Prof. Robert Carter, in the Journal of the Ecomnomic Society of Australia (.pdf, about 1.8mb)
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