Jane Fox in her letter to the editor on Sunday, May 24, appeals to scientific consensus to convince us that humans are the primary contributor to climate change. I will not here make an argument for or against human-induced climate change. I argue that I have never read anything or heard anything that includes voting as a part of the scientific method.
Scientific advances are made by people who reject the consensus in favor of finding the truth. Bretz would never have proposed his ideas on the Lake Missoula floods if he would have accepted the consensus geological opinion of his day. Copernicus would not have proposed that the earth revolved about the sun if he would have accepted the majority opinion of his day.
It is quite possible that human-induced global warming will be proven false because one scientist chose not to accept the majority opinion and tests her ideas using the scientific method. Maybe not, but I will be glad that she continued her work even after the vote was tallied.