Rejection Is An Acceptable Choice But Not Misinformation
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently issued a report entitled "What We Know: The Reality, Risks and Response to Climate Change":
The AAAS Climate Change Panel is co-chaired by Nobel Laureate Mario Molina, Harvard's Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography and former AAAS president James McCarthy, and Colorado State's University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall. The report has the following key messages:
Based on well-established evidence, about 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening.
Earth’s climate is on a path to warm beyond the range of what has been experienced over the past millions of years.
Waiting to take action will inevitably increase costs, escalate risk, and foreclose options to address the risk.
...As scientists, it is not our role to tell people what they should do or must believe about the rising threat of climate change. But we consider it to be our responsibility as professionals to ensure, to the best of our ability, that people understand what we know: human-caused climate change is happening, we face risks of abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes, and responding now will lower the risk and cost of taking action.The above paragraph expresses something of great importance. It is not an aim of science to change people's beliefs. Scientists provide data to inform. Scientists draw theories to explain. One can disagree with scientists. Scientists are supposedly not here to argue policies. However, scientists can not sit idle when their science is being misunderstood.
Days before the AAAS report was made public, the following was the headline from Wyoming's Star-Tribune: