A climate-change skeptic says some upcoming Earth Day marches are primarily political in nature, even though organizers claim the focus will be on the earth and climate.
For a variety of reasons, skeptics of all backgrounds downplay concerns about alleged "global warming." But individuals, think tanks and special-interest groups – most of them liberal – believe man's burning of fossil fuels is driving up temperatures and resulting in bigger, more powerful storms.
One organization that won't be attending this weekend's "March for Science" is the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.
"If there were a real march for science, we might very well be glad to participate in it," says Cornwall founder and national spokesman Cal Beisner. "A real march for science would tell us for instance that sound science can lead to good environmental stewardship, and it would tell us that there's a difference between rational, evidence-driven science and most of the science that lies behind environmentalism's scare-mongering."
Beisner also says a real march for science would explain that real science "doesn't work by consensus, intimidation, data manipulation or personal attack" – but instead "by painstakingly comparing theories and predictions with real-world observations."
What about the repeated statements that 97 percent of scientists agree on "climate change"?
"Scientific consensus gets overturned all the time," he responds, "but the reality is that the notion that 97 percent of scientists agree that global warming is real and dangerous and all of that, is built on terrible confusions, terrible equivocations."
Beisner adds that, beyond that, there's huge debate over whether man-made CO2 emissions have been the primary driver or a very small bit player in it; over whether the amount of warming coming from emissions of greenhouse gases is going to be dangerous or benign or perhaps even beneficial; and over whether even if it's dangerous enough to justify spending trillions of dollars to try to reduce that warming.
That's why on Saturday, April 22, a "March for Science" will take place in Washington, DC, and other parts of the country to coincide with the observance of Earth Day. One week later, the "People's Climate March" will occur in the District of Columbia and other cities. The website for the latter event states:
"Everything we have struggled to move forward in the United States is in peril. Our loved ones feel under siege, and those in power in Washington are advancing a dark and dangerous vision of America that we know is untrue."
Climate Depot's Marc Morano, a skeptic of catastrophic man-made global warming, says this isn't about science.
"The entire march is based on the premise that President Trump is destroying the earth, destroying the climate, and [that] this is going to be devastating," he tells OneNewsNow.
Calling the March 29 march a "mass mobilization," the national coordinator of the Peoples Climate Movement describes the Trump administration's repeal of Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan as "a dangerous step that puts people and the planet at grave risk."
Morano's not buying it. "This is a standard political march with a climate label," he states. "It's going to be the usual suspects showing up – [and] I can't imagine that they have anything new to add to this debate."
He also points out that the science and models promoted by many of those groups even admit that regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations treaties would have no impact on the climate.
4-20-2017 - Comments from Cal Beisner added.