The public’s opinion of the accuracy of climate change science is, frankly, irrelevant



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  1. Avatar Trumwill says:

    It’s irrelevant as it pertains to the question of whether or how the science is accurate, but it’s not irrelevant when it comes to being able to take action. Particularly action that is going to require sacrifice on the part of the American people.Report

  2. Avatar Ryan says:

    Be careful. You’re starting to sound like one of those liberals who thinks people who actually know what they’re talking about should be in charge of making policy. You know, “experts”.Report

  3. Avatar Chris Dierkes says:

    Dear Elitist,

    How come you hate America?Report

  4. Avatar A. C. McKinnon says:

    Yes, if only that pesky democracy weren’t standing in your way, Utopia could proceed on schedule.

    This has been the argument of elitists for centuries. There’s always some pressing reason to abrogate freedom for the greater good. Thirty years ago it was overpopulation; today it’s climate change. The common thread is always: you people don’t know what’s good for you.

    Your post suggests that, had you the power, you’d implement whatever policies you deem best even if a majority disagreed with you. If that’s true, you have publicly outed yourself an authoritarian and an autocrat. A more modern term might be “statist.” It’s antithetical to democracy and you ought to be ashamed of yourself, but I don’t suppose you will be.Report

    • Avatar Will says:

      I’m happy to debate our policy response to global warming; I think it’s absurd, however, to suggest that the public is equipped to assess the relevant scientific data.Report

      • Avatar Paul says:

        In a democracy, it is incumbent on people to acutally make the scientific case. You just cannot decide that people are too stupid to understand it when they don’t buy your arguments.Report