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Most of the Alliance of World Scientists 23,000 members DID NOT sign the climate emergency petition. But professional journalists didn’t notice.
Many scientists are now activists. They’re just another flavour of politician. Armed with a particular worldview, they’re willing to do questionable things to advance that worldview – including dragging the good name of science through the mud.
Phenomenon - 1970s - History - Scientists - Time
As I’ve explained recently, this isn’t a new phenomenon. It was well underway by the 1970s. Those of us who are aware of this history aren’t likely to get overly excited by the latest 11,000 scientists say it’s time to panic headlines (see here, here, here, and here).
The typical journalist, on the other hand, is a babe in the woods, totally lacking in historical perspective. Every iteration of this very old song gets treated like something fresh and new.
Statement/petition - BioScience - Journal - American - Institute
2019’s statement/petition is published in BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Down in the ‘Conclusions’ section we read the following. The bolding has been added by me:
Nope, these people don’t have a messiah complex. If all of humanity drops whatever it’s doing and follows their advice, they won’t just save us from the climate emergency. They promise to toss in universal justice and equity, as well.
Alliance - World - Scientists - Petition - Hyperlink
They call themselves the Alliance of World Scientists. Signing onto their petition is as easy as clicking a hyperlink that takes you to the Oregon State University website. But Australian commentator Joanne Nova has noticed that two years ago the same Alliance of World Scientists on the same Oregon State website was boasting that more than 15,000 scientists had signed a similar document. That one was pompously titled World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice.
These are people who make a habit of scaring the kiddies and scolding us...
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