“But Politics”

Examples

Recipe for disaster: Thinking Politicians and Lawyers can “manage” complex natural systems such as the climate

(CatoTheYounger)

It is not climate change. It is the effect of decades of Democratic mis-management

(Torben)

Objections and Replies

Academia. Just looks like grand poobahs defending their poobah fiefs.
☞ Everywhere there’s a scientific field, there’s a poobah. If there are poobahs everywhere humans gather around to study something, chances are that asking that there be less poobahs amounts to an impossible demand.

Hockey Stick. That pesky little hockey stick that advertised the Charney
☞ The Charney Report was written in 1979; it contains no graph.

IPCC Mandate. The IPCC has no mandate to investigate anything else than—
☞ Have you checked? Here’s one old chapter on atmospheric chemistry.

Left/Right. AGW is obviously a left/right issue
☞ Nature bats is an ambidextrous hitter and it bats last.

Lysenko. Bad science is political —
☞ Science has always been political, including successful ones. It still is the best tool we got to tackle the AGW problem. Solutions will require political will.

Politizing. politicization interferes with addressing things—
☞ Hard not to politicize AGW when it requires a political solution.

Humans will remain political animals for a while.

Notes

{} Cheap. Advertizing one’s position is the cheapest form of political action.

{} Conservative. Many climate scientists are lifelong Rs. Scientific institutions tend to be conservative. Nothing really prevents anyone from promoting more conservative solutions.

Resources

Centrism.biz

2018-07; Science Has Always Been Political.

Further Readings

2018-04; We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists.

Climateball Episodes

2021-06; How to Reason by Analogy; because everything is like something else.