Two recent editorials in Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) are examples of why you don’t want to get your science from the editorial page. The paper touts its views as conservative, but these examples are either meant to mislead or are out of ignorance. They deserve to be put to rest once and for all. You can read them here and here.
The first editorial attacks the notion that there is no consensus on climate change. It uses a study published in November and can be read here. The first red flag in the editorial is that they never mention where the study is published. However, it did not take long for me to track down the paper.
It seems that the editorial originated with James Taylor, managing editor of The Heartland Institute’s Environment and Climate News, with a post he wrote on the Forbes website. The original post on Forbes and thus the editorial in IBD have been thoroughly debunked here, here, and here.
Brian Angliss of Scholars and Rogues writes:
“The reality is that, contrary to claims made by Taylor and others at Heartland, every serious attempt to measure the degree of consensus among scientists and climate experts has concluded that the overwhelming majority of experts agree that climate is changing rapidly, that humans are the dominant drivers of the changes, and that model projections indicate that the changes will be highly disruptive if they’re not planned for. And every attempt to disprove the reported consensus has been disproved or shown to be based on distortions. Just like this attempt by Taylor has been.”