In her latest rant, Miranda Devine warns about the imminent threat of a take over by scientists:
It used to be men in purple robes who controlled us. Soon it will be men in white lab coats. The geeks shall inherit the earth.
I suppose you are wondering how they are going to take over. Could it be giant robots? Or tiny tiny robots? Or genetically engineered cephalopods? Nope. Devine reckons they’re going to use Kyoto to take over the world:
Environmentalism is the powerful new secular religion and politically correct scientists are its high priests, rescuing the planet from the apocalypse of climate change, as the Doomsday clock ticks down. Kyoto is the Promised Land and Bush/Howard/capitalism/industry/farmers are Satan.
When I created Global Warming Skeptic Bingo I made a box for “Belief in global warming is a religion”, but didn’t include a refutation because the argument was too stupid to bother with. But hey, let’s spell it out. Belief in religion is based on faith, while belief in global warming is based on empirical evidence. See, for example, the thousands of papers cited in the IPCC Third Assessment Report.
Devine cites an Authority to support her claim:
Perth exploration geologist Louis Hissink suspects “politicised science has replaced religion as the arbiter of human affairs … priesthoods of both organisations are concerned with what happens in the future and that current behaviour is thought to affect that future, hence it needs to be proscribed and prescribed”.
In terms of the gas phase, air is 0.0378% by volume chemically CO2. At this concentration no two CO2 molecules are in physical contact with other CO2 molecules. This means that as a coherent phase, CO2 as a gas is physically absent in air. Hence its physical properties are also irrelevant and all opinions on its efficacy as a Greenhouse Gas vacuous rhetoric.
This situation arises from the confusion between chemical composition and physical composition. CO2’s greenhouse properties are physical properties, not chemical, and physically as a discrete gas, CO2 is absent in air. It does exist as a minor impurity in the mixture of air, essentially N2 and O2.
No, I have no idea what he means by coherent phase, either. CO2 molecules do not have to be in physical contact to absorb radiation, which is just as well because otherwise the natural greenhouse effect would not exist. Maybe we’ll be seeing Hissink’s argument presented in a future anti-science Devine column.
Flashman has more on Devine’s rant.