Among the many virtues of aggressive litigation - in addition, of course, to the fundamental goal of obtaining justice for your clients - is the ability to gain knowledge. Through sworn testimony, compelled document disclosures, and other features of the discovery process, one can learn about institutions and attitudes at a level far deeper than can the typical pundit or journalist.
Such is the case when it comes to understanding the political process of "science."
As I've reported before, at the ACLJ we represent a UCLA scientist who was fired after exposing that the lead "scientist" advancing controversial and draconian new environmental regulations had a fake degree from a fictitious university and after exposing that key members of the state's "Scientific Review Panel" had overstayed term limits by decades. Moreover this UCLA scientist was fired after advancing his own research that contradicted the state (and university) approved apocalyptic warnings about diesel emissions. more >>
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" defended the recent White House climate change report calling for major action in a recent appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," while host S. E. Cupp accused scientists of "bullying" anyone who doesn't agree with them on climate change.
"How do you want to get public consensus? By saying that it is not happening? That is not serious? That shorelines aren't flooding?" Nye asked in response to Cupp saying that despite recent reports on the negative impact of climate change, polling numbers have shown that only 36 percent of Americans believe it is a serious threat.
The "Crossfire" host then accused scientists like Nye of "bullying" those who disagree with such reports, and the government of trying to use "scare tactics" on people. more >>
A few days ago I had an email exchange with the head of a leading evangelical environmental organization who was-as he has been for years-incredulous that I would question the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
He, like many evangelical leaders, believes the IPCC is an objective, scientific body producing reliable, even-handed reports on the state of climate science. Because they believe that, they are nearly impervious to evidence against catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW).
The IPCC does reflect some excellent scientific work. But that excellence (albeit mixed with some mediocre to poor work) is to be found in the thousands of pages of technical reviews rarely seen by any but the scholars who work on them-almost never by journalists who shape public opinion, or by legislators and regulators who shape public policy. more >>
While more than half of Americans are skeptical of the Big Bang theory, only a quarter question that there is a creator, according to an Associated Press poll.
The poll also found that a sizable minority question evolution, global warming and whether the earth is billions of years old.
The AP poll asked participants to rate their confidence on several statements relating to medicine and science. Fifty-one percent of surveyed Americans said they are "not too/not at all confident" that "the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang." Only 25 percent expressed skepticism that "the universe is so complex, there must be a supreme being guiding its creation." more >>
Pro-environment groups are calling on the faith community to come together and lead by example when it comes to taking action on climate change issues.
"The challenges our world faces in mitigating climate change now requires uniting with an unprecedented global-community mindset. Some soul-searching is in order for faith based organizations and houses of worship who are abdicating our moral responsibility to our most vulnerable neighbors in the developing world when we don't lead by example and refuse to tolerate any less from our business and government leaders on climate change," said Deborah Fikes, representative to the United Nations for World Evangelical Alliance and Clean Revolution Ambassador, in a statement Friday.
"Sustainability for the 'bottom billion' is not an option, it is a lifeline that we have the ability and obligation to provide if we really believe in "loving our neighbors as ourselves." more >>
With a major U.N. report warning that the effects of climate change are spreading to every corner of the world, a Christian environmental group says those who are being hit the hardest are the poor, the young and the elderly.
"[C]limate impacts have and will continue to hit the poor the hardest, those least able to cope with the consequences, especially children and the elderly. Pro-life Christians should be especially concerned about what these conclusions will mean for young children and the unborn. Pollution impacts young children and even developing children in utero," the Rev. Mitch Hescox, president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network, warned in a statement shared with The Christian Post on Monday.
"There will be whole peoples who will be unable to adapt to the way we are polluting God's creation. Especially those living on some Island nations and those in parts of the world where adaptation will be too expensive to implement," he added. "Christians have a responsibility to know the stories of those who are and will be impacted by climate change throughout the world and where possible intervene." more >>