American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is 'the lobby for Big Science that behaves as all good DC lobbies do, which means kissing up to the Administration in return for taxpayer largesse...AAAS has just released an awful report on climate, “What We Know: The Reality, Risks, and Response to Climate Change.” Bad grammar, even worse science. AAAS and Big Science have been in the Washington tank since the end of World War II, when President Roosevelt recognized the utility of addicting scientists, via their academic institutions, to federal money...Addiction often causes co-dependence, and so the Universities, which rake off 50% of the research money as “overhead,” became politically correct, espousing everything believed in Big Washington and punishing those who deviate.'
Being somewhat bereft of pertinent facts, AAAS instead resorts to pounding the table, in this case with the good old appeal to (self appointed) authority: “We’re the largest general scientific society in the world, and therefore we believe we have an obligation to inform the public and policymakers about what science is showing about any issue in modern life, and climate is a particularly pressing one,” said Dr. Alan Leshner, CEO of AAAS
New York Times environmental reporter Justin Gillis declared yet another "global warming" emergency in his latest monthly "By Degrees" column, "Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate," on the front of Tuesday's Science Times section. The text box read: "A stark new report is intended to awaken the public to the urgency of the threat to the planet."
Pielke Sr.: 'The AAAS report is even worse than the AGU and AMS Statements (and I thought that would be hard to do)' -- 'They also ignore the recent recognition of the heightened importance of natural climate forcings and feedbacks.'
Rips AAAS for linking Tobacco to CO2: 'The science linking human activities to climate change is analogous to the science linking smoking to lung and cardiovascular diseases.' show that this report is just political theater. There are no health benefits from smoking, only health risks. CO2 is required for life on Earth including plant growth and function...to directly COMPARE to the health risks of tobacco demeans the scientific stature of this who make such wild claims.'