It seems Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein may not be as smart about climate science as she should be.
When it comes to Stein, we have already learned she doesn’t understand modern science. She claimed that GMOs can alter your DNA, she claimed that WiFi can damage the brains of school children, and she pandered to the anti-vaccine crowd on potential dangers of vaccines.
Yet, everyone seemed to assume when it comes to climate science, the leader of the Green Party would know a little something about climate science.
In a tweet sent out earlier this month, she seemingly made up a number, sounding like an alarmist, rather than someone who understands the science.
12.3M Americans could lose their homes due to a sea level rise of 9ft by 2050. 100% renewable energy by 2030 isn’t a choice, it’s a must.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) August 10, 2016
Though, where she got that number is a giant mystery.
Jacquelyn Gill, a researcher at the University of Maine, was left scratching her head trying to figure out where Stein got this number from.
@DrJillStein Where did you get this number? I’m a climate scientist and this exceeds even extreme estimates.
— Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill) August 11, 2016
There is simply no scientifically accepted source for Stein’s number.
The fact is, of course, this is because just like in all other areas of science, Stein is an alarmist, a conspiracy theorist, who panders to the extremists in the Green Party who worry about radio waves and chemtrails.At this point, no one would be surprised if she hired Alex Jones to manage her campaign.
Chris Moody at the Washington Post did find a paper that matched some of Stein’s findings but warned that they didn’t offer a strong enough argument to be such an alarmist. The paper, written by retired NASA climate scientist James Hansen, is considered controversial.
“Doubling times of 10, 20 or 40 years yield multi-meter sea level rise in about 50, 100 or 200 years,” the paper noted. “Recent ice melt doubling times are near the lower end of the 10–40-year range, but the record is too short to confirm the nature of the response.”
It also came to light that this was, in fact, the basis for Stein’s comment.
“James Hansen has said that we could see several meters of sea level rise as soon as the next 50 years,” said Stein’s press director, Meleiza Figueroa. “Considering that the effects of climate change we’ve seen in real life have consistently met, or even exceeded, what were previously considered worst case scenarios, we need to take Dr. Hansen’s alarming findings very seriously.”
Moody noted, however, that the Hansen study was based on an “if, then” argument and first needed to prove a central part of this theory was even correct in order to make his claim true, and that Hansen is not able to do so.
Moody did say we can’t dismiss Hansen outright, because of his wonderful reputation, but that scientific consensus is not on his side.
To sum up, Moody says, “the Hansen study suggests a possibility of multi-meter sea level rise this century, but certainly does not establish a firm prediction that this is actually going to happen — and does not represent a scientific consensus position right now.”
Whether or not Stein is a science-denier herself is irrelevant. Just as she says she is pro-vaccine, she uses language that gives weight to anti-vaccine arguments.
Now, with her alarmist climate language, she just lends to arguments for those like Donald Trump who claim climate change is a conspiracy theory, to begin with.
Stein should be basing her campaign on the solid scientific research, not fringe scientific arguments that just make her look as crazy as Trump.