Theoretical Consensus

It is about time:

An outpouring of skeptical scientists who are members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are revolting against the group’s editor-in-chief — with some demanding he be removed — after an editorial appeared claiming “the science of anthropogenic climate change is becoming increasingly well established.”

The editorial claimed the “consensus” view was growing “increasingly difficult to challenge, despite the efforts of diehard climate-change deniers.” The editor now admits he is “startled” by the negative reaction from the group’s scientific members. The American Chemical Society bills itself as the “world’s largest scientific society.”

I particularly enjoyed the comment from one of the scientists:

Theories are not proven by consensus—but by data from repeatable experimentation that leaves no doubt of interpretation.

The article is lengthy but worth a read. One important thing seems to be the number of scientists who were willing to go on the record with their disagreement on the “consensus” or simply that such an unscientific approach was being taken to the differences of opinion.