Could we be about to have our very own Scopes trial? In that famous Tennessee Court Case, the State prosecuted a teacher for teaching evolution. He walked free (on a technicality) and it was a decisive moment in mainstreaming evolution and making the creationists the crackpots – it is remembered as the victory of evolutionary science over dumbarse mystics in the US. Now, the climate change deniers are suing NIWA (just to clarify data quality, you understand) and their loss will be a dagger through the heart of denialism.
As in the Scopes trial, the victory likely won’t be an actual court decision that the climate science is right and the deniers are wrong.
Far more likely, the court will say ‘what the fuck is this? You want us to rule on whether NIWAs’ temperature numbers are right? How is this a matter of law? Fuck off. If you want to challenge scientific methods, the avenue to do it is through peer-reviewed scientific journals … Oh, they won’t publish your bullshit? What a wonder.’
But that’ll do, I reckon.
Meanwhile, ImperatorFish has his own take:
Judge To Rule On The Fate Of Humanity
It would be awesome if we could all get behind the New Zealand Climate Education Trust in its legal battle against NIWA. The Trust is trying to use this case as a means of proving that man-made climate change isn’t occurring.
Just imagine if the judge turns around and slaps NIWA. We’ll be a step closer to proving climate change is a hoax perpetuated by scientists.
While a court ruling would hurt numerous scientific careers, spare a thought for the people of Tuvalu. Without the right ruling from the judge their entire nation’s likely to disappear!
If the judge abolishes climate change, we’ll all be able to breathe easier. And boy, will we celebrate! I’ve already got the car tyres stacked up in the back yard ready to ignite. I reckon they’ll burn real well if we throw a few
witches scientists on top.