Why do man-made Global Warming alarmists frequently use the fallacious appeal to authority?

The defenders of the increasingly discredited theory of man-made Global Warming constantly use appeals to authority as if they are valid arguments. Typically, this argument takes the form of arguing that only "peer-reviewed" articles are valid and discounting any evidence to the contrary that is not peer... show more The defenders of the increasingly discredited theory of man-made Global Warming constantly use appeals to authority as if they are valid arguments. Typically, this argument takes the form of arguing that only "peer-reviewed" articles are valid and discounting any evidence to the contrary that is not peer reviewed. This argument was recently made by Ed Begley Jr. on Neal Cabuto's program (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGljWhOeC... ).

Putting aside the fact that Climategate has exposed "peer review" (especially "peer reviewed" climate "science") as a fraud, this argument is a classic logical fallacy. Just because something is published in a "peer-reviewed" journal does not mean that it is true. Furthermore, just because something is not published in a "peer-reviewed" journal does not mean that it is false. Furthermore, whether or not there is a "consensus" among scientists that the man-made Global Warming theory is true (this seems dubious at best) is irrelevant, as the "consensus" of scientists may be wrong (and has usually been in the past; the "consensus" of climate scientists in the 1970s was that we were headed toward an Ice Age; back then, Obama's science adviser Holdren believed this; see: http://www.masterresource.org/2009/09/th... ).

Why does it always seem that the man-made Global Warming alarmists seem to rely upon logical fallacies such as the appeal to authority?

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