The #COP21 Deal, December 12, 2015: The Day Science Died

By William M Briggs Published on December 12, 2015

President Hollande of France slid to the microphone, and, with great Gallic aplomb, announced December 12th, 2015 will be a day that lives in “infamy.” Or maybe it was “history.” It’s hard to tell since that gentleman was rather excited when he spoke, seeing that the world had just entered into a momentous agreement to spend as much of your money as humanly possible to prevent the unpreventable.

So take your pick: infamy or history. Either way, this fateful date will be remembered as the Day Science Died.

Did you ever know her? Science used to work hand in hand with Government, discovering new things, telling us how stuff worked and easing our lives, saying what was true about the world and what was false. She was uncompromising and did not suffer fools. But now she’s gone.

Close watchers of that once robust being had seen it coming for years. Oh, sure, Science maintained a brave public face, making appearances here and there in an effort to reassure us that things were not as bad as feared. It turned up at odd venues chatting amiably about the mating habit of Mongolian muskrats and of how the leaves of a rare Peruvian plant might be made into a terrific balm. But it was clear to those who knew her best that the disease had made its way to the bone, that it was only a matter of time.

The end wasn’t pretty, either. Instead of letting her pass away quietly in private, Science was wheeled into COP21’s hall and was humiliated and made to suffer to the last. Scores of our planet’s leaders gathered round her and chanted, “We can stop climate change!”, “We must hold the earth’s temperature to a 2 degree increase!”, “The globe is warming out of control!”, “People are being inconvenienced by climate change!”

On and on it went, with each nonsensical pseudo-scientific taunt piercing the flesh of Science. The wounds were mortal, but still she struggled for life, that last spark of Truth giving what strength it could. It was a pitiful thing to see! In the end she had shrunk to a fraction of her former size, her breath all but extinguished; when at last, during a lull, a lone delegate made his way to Science’s broken body and said, “Have no fear! I have here an enormous grant to study the effects of devastating climate change. Take it, and you will live.”

And so, in that quiet moment, when she had one last chance at dignity, Science hesitated for a moment, but then reached out her feeble hand toward the very drug that caused her sickness and was to be her demise.

As soon as she touched the cash, she croaked.

Money! The only blind spot Science had, its only true weakness. Money is like many another drug. Taken in small, controlled doses, its effects are beneficial and enlivening. But accept too much and a dreadful, enervating dependence sets in. Like alcohol, it takes ever increasing amounts to produce the same effects. The addict is never sated. She will say and do anything to keep the money flowing.

President Eisenhower, our once Pharmacist in Chief, knew of money’s toxic potency. He said,

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

Alas, this warning went unheeded. Science thought she could handle it. But she always asked for more, more, more. She never admitted she had a problem.

The outlook is grim now that she’s gone. The Paris Climate Conference has sworn it will spend $100 billion — or more! — a year to solve a problem that can’t be solved. The climate on earth has always changed, always will change, and can not stop changing. It is therefore impossible to “fight” against the impossible.

Science isn’t around to tell us that the earth’s climate stopped warming some twenty years ago. And she can no longer verify that since our climate models made such lousy forecasts for decades that the theory of carbon-dioxide-driven global warming is surely false. She won’t be there to reassure us that all the other predictions of climate doom failed to materialize.

No, Science is dead and what’s left is raw power. We should hope that real science may emerge from the ashes, stiff-spined and dedicated to discovering the truth about the natural world. But that hope should not prevent us from pausing to note the death of Science.

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  • TruthBeTold

    Yes, science has inflicted a terrible wound on itself.

    The upshot of this agreement will be more control over individuals.

    It won’t be all at once or extreme at first.

    For the sake of combating man-made global warming, they’ll tell us what foods we should eat (vegetarian), where we should live (in cities so we can do away with commuting and cars), how much water the average household should use, how we should heat and cool our homes, etc.

    At first these will only be suggestions. But as people ignore them governments will be forced to take action.

    All the time they’ll be telling us ‘we need more money to combat the threat’.

    Older people will only see the beginnings of this movement but our children and grand children will be indoctrinated in schools to conform.

    It will start out as a soft-tyranny then gradually moving to concrete restrictions.

    ‘Progressive’ liberals are celebrating because they’re about to have their dream of control of human populations.

    The future is going to be restrictive and bleak.

    • Joseph Procopio

      All part of UN AGENDA 21 and The NWO.

  • DrBobNM

    get ready for the big flush.

  • Joe McCarthy

    An absolutely perfect requiem for a grand old lady. The farces of evil have been aching for totalitarian control for eons, but Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Joe Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Benito Mussolini were unable to defeat Liberty and the human spirit. It took the dogma of a Pagan religion in the form of the Church of Gaia and Meaningless Nonsense to mesmerise the gullible souls of Planet Earth.

    • tkondaks

      A few of the “faces of evil” you mention even politicized science, just as it is being done today with climate “science”.
      Joe Stalin had his own pet politicized science project — Lysenkoism — and Hitler had his: Eugenics (which wasn’t his regime’s exclusive domain; the United States used it to form immigration policy, amongst other things).
      Mao’s politicized science, of course, reaped the most terrible results: his Great Leap Forward politicized his insane agricultural “science” and managed to starve to death between 30-80 million Chinese peasants…all while the grain silos were full to overflowing.

  • aalberti

    Beautiful and sadly real.

  • PhD

    Science never dies in the hands of honest practitioners. But science as practiced by the government often heads off into political benefit. Government was distrusted by our founders for a very good reason…… whenever large numbers of people gather and form cliques, there will always be corruption and fraud for personal gain of money and/or power. Eventually truth will win out again in the public eye. Meanwhile the soft corruption of Obama and his Democrooks tries to undo the US Constitution and push the country to the left and collectivist Marxism. Climate nonsense is only one area of their power grab (taxes).

    • Joseph Procopio

      Soft corruption?

  • tkondaks

    The 2 degrees cap that forms the goal of the agreement: too bad they didn’t set the starting point 18 years ago. That way, we could have already reached the goal!

    • Information_overload

      Huh? Don’t you mean 218 years ago?

  • Duke Silver

    Only climate science.

    It’s like Mark Twain…. rumors of it’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

    Science is only taking a breather while the politicians play. It’s kinda like when the CO2 curve and warming temps matched up well from 78 to 98 and it really looked like there was a great relationship. The 2 were best pals there for a while. But now CO2 sees it can run the show without the temps participating. With the renaming to CC, CO2 can now look to nearly anything it wants for support. The politicians don’t particularly need science anymore. There are always willing rubes willing to carry the torch.

    When science realizes it’s been used, abused and thrown to the side I suspect (and hope) you’ll see a revival of the “scientific method”.

    • aalberti

      Much much wider problem than just clime science (by large the worst offender).

      Look for “Editor In Chief Of World’s Best Known Medical Journal: Half Of All The Literature Is False”

      • Duke Silver

        Ya, I’m well aware of the Big Pharma problem we have going. I’m a doctor so few things are more irritating.

        The big problem there is much more than science…. the FDA is complicit….. the media runs advertising as if it’s research….. independent testers are anything but independent….AMA looks the other way……. alternatives are never given a fair playing field……

        Still lots of good things happening in science though.

  • Nick

    overly dramatic much?

    • Redbird

      overly dumb much?

      • Nick

        my field of science is unaffected by the conference. so no, science is not dead. In fact it will probably self-correct.

  • Redbird

    Here’s the scary part of the metaphoric article:

    “The Paris Climate Conference has sworn it will spend $100 billion — or more! — a year to solve a problem that can’t be solved. The climate on earth has always changed, always will change, and can not stop changing. It is therefore impossible to “fight” against the impossible.”
    And so true. RIP Science AND common sense

    • Goldminer

      And the SUN will keep on shining and driving our climate for another billion years after the weak minded humans let fraudsters rule their lives, Time for another French revolution.

  • kirkpatrick

    Sure, we have to worry about CO2, not Fukushima or the fact Obama is provoking World War 3.

  • MikeW

    Climate studies have always been nebulous enough to be susceptible to pseudo-science and politics. That’s why many people have never considered it to be true science.

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