Or when the leftists in science decide to scientifically blacklist everyone that disagrees with them, especially the most credible dissenters.
Second: The list
Abstract of the paper.
Although preliminary estimates from published literature and expert surveys suggest striking agreement among climate scientists on the tenets of anthropogenic climate change (ACC), the American public expresses substantial doubt about both the anthropogenic cause and the level of scientific agreement underpinning ACC. A broad analysis of the climate scientist community itself, the distribution of credibility of dissenting researchers relative to agreeing researchers, and the level of agreement among top climate experts has not been conducted and would inform future ACC discussions. Here, we use an extensive dataset of 1,372 climate researchers and their publication and citation data to show that (i) 97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field support the tenets of ACC outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and (ii) the relative climate expertise and scientific prominence of the researchers unconvinced of ACC are substantially below that of the convinced researchers.
Lets look at what we are talking about here. The National academy of sciences decided to publish in its proceedings a list of researchers that should not be considered credible and whats more the basis for inclusion in this blacklist was the fact that they don’t agree with the “consensus” and their research disputes it.
This is astonishing, and by astonishing I mean I am still trying to put my eyes back in my sockets from when I saw this. This concept not only throws away every ideal of how science is supposed to work, it replaces it with an instant list for character assassination. There is no consideration for strength of argument validity of data its all these people don’t agree with us ignore them. Its what you might expect from a political site like the democratic underground or the daily kos, not the National Academy.
Now Lets look at some of the names on the list
If you don’t recognize the names well Freeman Dyson is probably one of the most respected living physicists, Frank Tipler is amongst the foremost cosmologists in the world, Roy Spencer is a leading expert in the use of satellites to measure the temperature of the earth, Willie Sooon is a leading expert on the effect of changes in solar radiation on the global temperature, whats even more incredible is that as you go down this list you find renowned experts in just about every scientific and technical field listed, and listed on the basis of the fact that they disagreed with the consensus on man made global warming.
Now you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what is happening here. The AGW proponents haven’t been able to make their case on the facts, they have been rocked back on their heels by the revelation that the scientists tasked with finding the truth about climate change actively hid data, and skewed results to reach a preconceived conclusion so they have decided to hit back at the people they think are the cause of their pain. Their problem isn’t the scientists on that list with the courage to say “I call B.S.”, their problem is that they are no longer scientists but advocates and politicians.