[quote=“DHLiberal, post:14, topic:48728”]
Except for billions at stake with next-generation and space-based telescopes, and interstellar missions.
But aside from all that money, yeah, no reason for NASA to lie.
[/quote]It doesn’t come with the same kind of draconian policy prescriptions that global warming does. No one’s been caught cooking the books for it. Doesn’t mean someone hasn’t, but it also doesn’t create an excuse for the authoritarians in power to increase and exercise their power directly in the lives of everyone.
There is no substantive debate over the “cause” of exoplanets. Regardless of whether you are a Creationist or an evolutionist, no one is proposing anthropoegenic exoplanets that require everyone to alter their lifestyles drastically. It’s not so clear with global warming. The earth has had many climate changes – long before man could cause them. Maybe man can do nothing or merely little to change the climate for good or bad. Even if man is causing it today, the debate about what to do with it is far from settled. Maybe we just need to adapt to new circumstances, higher sea levels and such, so we can continue to enjoy our prosperity.
I know you think you have a real good gotcha here, but it’s just not the same. The stakes really are much lower. If a scientist cooks the books on an exoplanet, no one’s going to care, not the same way they do when climate data is corrupted. If scientists are wrong about it, we waste a “little” public money. With global warming, our public policy response may lay waste to entire economies. Being wrong there has a lot of consequences. It stands to reason that the folks liberals intend to throw under the bus question the authorities.
This should be obvious to you, but you had to try right? Take it to a climate change thread now, please, and leave this thread uncontroversial.