It blows my mind how little it takes to be considered an expert these days.
Take for instance Christopher Monckton, who according to Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, is an expert in the area of climate science. Monckton is a journalist by training.
And Ian Plimer, another expert on climate change according to the UK's Spectator newspaper. Plimer is a retired geologist who has no research background in the area of climate change. He wrote a climate change book though and it was published by the Heartland Institute, a group that also thinks second-hand tobacco smoke is about as innocuous as the burning of coal.
Then there's Marlo Lewis, another expert on climate change, whose background is political science. Marlo has done no research climate change, yet Lewis made it on the Oprah Winfrey show and talked about the state of Arctic sea ice.
I could go on and on with more ridiculous examples of how the media continues to prop up self-proclaimed experts on climate science as actual experts, but I'm sure you get the picture. One argument I have heard is that people like Plimer are a modern day, but misunderstood Galileo. Problem is, while Galileo did actual research to prove his point, people like Plimer choose to forgo this important step and announce their beliefs as fact with no scientific evidence to back their claim.
Climate science is in the headlines again, and it is under attack. But there's no research at the basis of this attack. There is nobody in a lab coat with frizzy gray hair who has suddenly come to a Eureka moment and proven that the world isn't being messed up by our unrelenting burning of fossil fuels like oil and coal. There're just people like Monckton, Plimer and Horner getting another moment in the mainstream media sun to tout the same baseless arguments I have listened to them make for many years now.
It's a record that just keeps skipping and the media fall for it over and over and over.