Hans von Storch : “On the loss of credibility, climate science itself is to blame”

On the loss of credibility, climate science itself is to blame. The science has stirred up scientifically unfounded expectations, says von Storch. The demand that the public has to rapidly accept instructions on how to act in order to save the planet has blurred the boundaries between policy and science. As a result, science has not become something that has to do with “curiosity”, but rather gives the impression that it’s all about pushing a pre-conceived value-based agenda: “As scientists we have become political tools who are to deliver sought arguments to get citizens to do the right thing.

The problem is not ‘that the public is is too stupid, or uneducated’, but that science has failed to deliver answers to legitimate public questions. Instead they have said, “believe us – we are scientists’. There are many questions among individuals and they have only gotten a ‘stroppy reply,’ Storch finds.”

Professor Hans von Storch, Director of the Helmholtz Centre in Geesthacht and the Climate Campus of the University. Deutsche Welle


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4 Responses to Hans von Storch : “On the loss of credibility, climate science itself is to blame”

  1. Dizzy Ringo says:

    van Storch is echoing the prescient comments of President Eisenhower:

    “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.
    Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite. “

  2. Mike Davis says:

    They did it wrong but the science is right! Is the message I usually get from people like Von Storch. His credibility went down the drain during the Hockey Stick fiasco.

  3. chris y says:

    The IPCC’s guiding principle of policy-based evidence-making has mortally infected climate science.

  4. Cowpoke says:

    Climate Expert von Storch: Why Is Global Warming Stagnating?
    Climate experts have long predicted that temperatures would rise in parallel with greenhouse gas emissions. But, for 15 years, they haven’t. In a SPIEGEL interview, meteorologist Hans von Storch discusses how this “puzzle” might force scientists to alter what could be “fundamentally wrong” models.


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