Powell’s use of the term “inquisition” is deliberate. “Just as the Roman Inquisition rejected outright the evidence that Copernicus and Galileo had assembled to show that Earth moves around the Sun,” he writes, “the modern inquisitors deny the overwhelming evidence of global warming.” Among the many myths that Powell says climate change deniers have spread, two real doozies stand out:
- There is no scientific consensus that global warming is real/man-made
- Scientists who support climate change must have financial motives at stake
In his book, Powell demolishes both of these myths. Is there a lack of scientific consensus on climate change? As Powell demonstrates, there isn’t even a debate. Climate change deniers used to be able to claim at least one lone wolf (real scientist) among their ranks, the Berkley physicist Richard Muller. However, Muller recently completed a David and Charles Koch-funded study that found (Powell assumes, to the brothers’ chagrin) that the earth is in fact warming and that previous studies were right on the money. Climate change deniers like Anthony Watts said they would accept Muller’s findings, whatever they might bring. So what was Watts’s reaction? (Drum roll please)…Still in denial.