For supposedly being shut out of the public and disciplinary debate, one sure does hear a lot about the research that says climate change isn’t man-made. Isn’t this the fundamental mark of an idea that has won the day — that it is publicly denied and/or ignored, but whose implications are in fact enacted? Orthodox climate science may have the support of the scientific community, but its effects on public policy throughout the world has been cosmetic at best. All the major endeavors to cut emissions, for example, have been negligible, and even the avowed aspirations to limit carbon levels fall dramatically short of what the science behind the aspirations says is helpful. In practice, if not in spoken principle, the economic power brokers of the world agree with the naysayers. All the derisive emails in the world, or even aggressive collusion in a disciplinary organ, won’t change this.
The soundtrack to a conservative’s declaration of defeat is a victory march.