More sense on climate change

I’m a scientific ignoramus.  Although I’ve been skeptical of global warming from the start, my skepticism hasn’t been rooted in a sound grasp of facts and scientific principles.  Instead, it arises because of my source problems:  I deeply distrust the people touting climate change.

From the moment Al Gore started mouthing off about it, and triggered massive hysteria in the MSM, Hollywood, and the Leftosphere, I backed off.  To me, these people’s embrace of the issue lacked any coherent thought or rigorous analysis.  For them, it was simply another nail in the Bush Derangement Syndrome coffin, and a convenient way to do indirectly what they’ve been trying to do directly : handicap America’s ability to compete in world markets.  That’s why, even though I agree with some of the goals — most notably getting the whole world off Arab Oil so that we’re not funding the Islamist instruments of our own destruction — I’ve absolutely refused to buy into the whole Global Warming mantra.

Others, fortunately, have more knowledge than I do, and they’re not buying into it either.  The latest knowledgeable person to speak out is Brian Sussman, a metereologist, who explains that the Global Warming crowd has made its case by ignoring some facts and exaggerating other facts completely out of recognition.  And he does it all in lucid prose, easy for the lay man to understand.

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  • expat

    I’m much like you with regard to sources, but what really got to me were all the consequence studies. One of my favorites was a study saying that global warming COULD produce a plague of flies in northern England. I lost sleep for about 10 seconds over that one.

  • Gringo

    Courtesy of parents who got graduate degrees from one of the founding fathers of the science of Ecology, I was an eco-freak practically from birth. I spent a year as an eco-activist. I recycle, have wind energy as my electrical energy source,and have minimal use of AC in the hot Texas summer. Now 80 inside- no AC so far this year. So, in many ways I act in accordance with the global warming people.

    False predictions from the 1970s, such as Paul Erlich’s famine and resource exhaustion scenarios, those from the Club of Rome, and various global cooling predictions, gave me a wait-and-see attitude when global warming predictions began ten years back. What further put me off was that while there was evident progress in environmental amelioration in the US since 1970, many of the environmental activists in later years were unwilling to acknowledge it.

    What later increased my skepticism was the messenger: Al Gore. Al’s bloviating on other subjects, such as his equating fundamentalist Christians with Wahabis, made him lose credibility with me. ( I an an agnostic.) I have forgotten more science than Al ever learned. As far as Al knows, the Law of large numbers was passed by the 75th Congress. Or was it the 80th Congress? That is the extent of his scientific knowledge.

    The fanaticism of many of the global warming people further put me off.

    That being said, we are one earth, and consequences can be felt thousands of miles away. In 1998 those in Texas could smell the smoke from fires in Mexico a thousand miles away.
    The jury is still out on global warming. Peak oil, and not global warming , will draw us towards “green” nuclear energy and wind energy and such renewable sources.

  • suek

    Personally, I’m of the opinion that any global warming which we may or may not be observing is due to solar activity. I’ve been bothered by Bush and McCain giving it any support at all. However….of late, I’ve become aware of the “peak oil” phenomenon, which basically says “Hey folks…we’re going to run out of oil one day!” That day is unknown – it’s been postulated that it might be in 50 years, but it’s granted that it could be much further down the road than that – but if we keep pumping it out of the earth, there _will_ be an end. Now considering the “no blood for oil” fracas, I can certainly understand why Republicans don’t particularly want to bring up this particular issue at this particular time…especially when the net result of global warming counter-efforts will achieve the same end – alternate sources of energy. The technology needed to shift our energy requirements from oil to something else is going to take time – best we get started!

  • Gringo

    Courtesy of parents who got graduate degrees from one of the founding fathers of the science of Ecology, I was an eco-freak practically from birth. I spent a year as an eco-activist. I recycle, have wind energy as my electrical energy source, and have minimal use of AC in the hot Texas summer. Now 81 inside- no AC so far this year. So, in many ways I act in accordance with the global warming people.

    False predictions from the 1970s, such as Paul Erlich’s famine and resource exhaustion scenarios, those from the Club of Rome, and various global cooling predictions, gave me a wait-and-see attitude when global warming predictions began ten years back. What further put me off was that while there was evident progress in environmental amelioration in the US since 1970, many of the environmental activists in later years were unwilling to acknowledge it.

    What later increased my skepticism was the messenger: Al Gore. Al’s bloviating on other subjects, such as his equating fundamentalist Christians with Wahabis, made him lose credibility with me. ( I an an agnostic.) I have forgotten more science than Al ever learned. As far as Al knows, the Law of large numbers was passed by the 75th Congress. Or was it the 80th Congress? That is the extent of his scientific knowledge.

    The fanaticism of many of the global warming people further put me off.

    That being said, we are one earth, and consequences can be felt thousands of miles away. In 1998 those in Texas could smell the smoke from fires in Mexico a thousand miles away.
    The jury is still out on global warming. Peak oil, and not global warming , will draw us towards “green” nuclear energy and wind energy and such renewable sources.

  • Gringo

    Book : Twice I sent a post with one link ( link in boldface so that it would show: that is a design fault of your site. You should make links of a more visible color/font) which didn’t even make it to the “moderation” stage.