Scientist Truth-Tellers

by wanliss on July 3, 2017

in Environmental, Science and Technology

It is of course important to tell the truth and scientists are reputed to be truth-tellers. However, Steven Hawking let fly with an incredible series of statements seriously undermines the credibility of scientists. That is a shame.

In this video, Stephen Hawking claims that U.S. President Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Accord could lead to the Earth being pushed past a tipping point, with Venus-like 250 deg. C temperatures and sulfuric acid rain.

This is complete nonsense. It may manipulate poor, ignorant followers of Hawking into emotional catharsis and shedding of tears. It is not science. Hawking is indulging in apocalyptic science fiction.

Venus has over 105, closing in on 106, times as much carbon dioxide in its atmosphere than planet earth. Even though the Chinese are building thousands of coal fired plants around the world (they are exempt from the penalties and sanctions of the Paris Accord) there is next to zero likelihood for the occurrence of anything like Venusian fury.

Here on planet earth, where we hope cooler heads prevail, there has been no global warming for over 20 years.

Hawking’s comments are so beyond the pale that one has to wonder. He is not a stupid man, nor do I believe that he has lost his mind. He may be completely deluded. It is on the same level of the comments by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) who was concerned that Guam would tip over if too many people stood on one side of the Island.

In a discussion regarding a planned military buildup on the Pacific island, Johnson expressed some concerns about the plans to Adm. Robert Willard, head of the U.S. Pacific fleet.
“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,” Johnson said. Willard paused and replied, “We don’t anticipate that.”

Johnson’s brilliant statement – he seemed serious and genuinely concerned – suggests another possibility. Perhaps Hawking is just being funny to demonstrate the depths of stupidity to which people will go when deep in the grips of a false religion. They will believe anything. So to be charitable the best explanation I can think of is that Hawking was impatient with the vapid line of questions from the breathless BBC journalists that he decided to take the Mickey out of them, along the lines of ‘answer the fool according to his folly.’


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