Jayni Foley Hein is flummoxed:
Scientists are more confident than ever that climate change is happening and is largely caused by human activities. Yet, according to a recent poll, the American public is less likely to believe that climate change is caused by humans than they were even last year. When it comes to climate science, are we a misinformation nation?
The short answer is no.
The longer answer is this: Scientists have a long and storied history of being wrong. It used to be that scientists were extremely confident that the sun revolved around the earth. Scientists used to believe in phlogistons. Scientists used to believe a whole bunch of other since-disproven stupid crap.
Additionally, scientists keep changing what they believe. Aside from the aforementioned geo-centric model of the universe, scientists also keep changing the age of the universe. Of course, the reason for their ever-changing stance on a variety of laws, theories, and postulates is that their understanding is constantly changing. They keep becoming more enlightened and correcting past ignorance, or so they claim.
Now, the question for global warming apologists is this: Why will this time be any different? Why should people believe that the scientists finally have it right this time around, especially in light of their history of bad theories? And why should scientists be trusted on global climate change when they are now saying the exact opposite of what scientists were saying forty years ago?
Quite simply, scientists are not worthy of anyone’s trust because they are almost always wrong. They are constantly reversing and/or correcting themselves. No wonder people instinctively distrust them.