Posted by Jeff Id on April 23, 2009
From Miriam Webster
1ad·vo·cate Listen to the pronunciation of 1advocate
Function: noun Etymology: Middle English advocat, from Anglo-French, from Latin advocatus, from past participle of advocare to summon, from ad- + vocare to call, from voc-, vox voice – more at voice
Date: 14th century
1: one that pleads the cause of another ; specifically : one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court
2: one that defends or maintains a cause or proposal
3: one that supports or promotes the interests of another
It’s an ever stranger world, where the most outrageous claims by people are accepted as fact while simple common sense is treated as heresy. News reports regularly mix up the killers with the victims, DHS targets conservative veterans without mention of gangs or extremist muslims in the US. The examples are endless.
Media advocates have polluted every aspect of reasoned discussion on political topics. The political views are sold from a very early age, starting with children in school celebrating earth day through college where liberal professors treat art and feeling as equals to science.
Since we who discuss Anthropogenic Global Warming with even a skeptical view are labled Deniers and Contrarians by ‘scientists’ who support AGW even in the face of evidence to the contrary, we are in need of a new lable. After all what do you say when you’re called a denier yet you’re actually a questioner. “Denier!”…. “Am not!” “Contrarian!” … “nuh uh!”
The very premise of the common accusation by scientists and bloggers is to place the questioner on the bottom of the slope.
Another commonality in today’s news and politics is to say the opposite of reality straight faced and with confidence. Accellerated global warming in recent years is leading to massive droughts, heat waves, more powerful hurricanes and melting ice caps.
We know the data doesn’t even consider supporting these conclusions, yet they are regularly made and exaggerated by scientists intentionally leaving out key words which would correct the meaning. For instance we know hurricanes are not increasing in intensity, they’re not!. We also know the earth is in a cooling spell for the last decade, yet scientists are continually selling increased, accelerated warming.
Advocates are everywhere,where skeptics often fail is using the correct terms. Advocates needs to be described as what they are.
1. When someone claims the science of global warming is settled (implying all discussion must assume this fact) – They are an advocate.
2. When accelerated global warming is claimed. – They are an advocate
3. When a scientist refers to tree ring temperature reconstructions to claim we are warmer than any time in recent years. – They are an advocate.
4. When ice caps are going to melt and sea levels are going to rise 5 meters in 100 years – Guess what – Advocate.
5. When faulty and highly politicized solutions are given to solve problems that haven’t been demonstrated – Advocate.
6. When over-complex math is used to distort temperature trends resulting in exaggerated warming. – Advocate.
7. When temperatures measured by thermometers are corrected with loose math to a degree nearly as high as the alleged signal and those corrections are not verified. — Advocate
I’ll stop here to leave a few for the rest of you.
If you’ll note, all of the above leave plenty of room for some warming caused by man’s activities, none of it is denial or contrarian but it does point out the current false tone of the discussion. There is a great deal of good science on the topic supporting AGW as well, however the bad stuff is what is far too often rising to the top. Driven by politics, media and peer pressure. It’s high time skeptics started using the correct terminology to describe certain AGW scientists/clerics who have falsely taken the high ground.
So then the happy argument and refrain becomes — “Denier!” … “Advocate!” It’s a lot better I think.