Now before you dismiss me as a ‘climate denier’, please, hear me out. I am an environmentalist and hope that we continue to work to manage our pollution better. But this entire issue really has nothing to do with the environment.
I have a few points to share that may upset the sensibilities of people who are convinced of the coming climate catastrophe:
1) Climate changes, life goes on
The climate of this planet has changed over the eons and will continue to do so in the future. Wishful (magical) thinking on the part of activists will not cause the climate to suddenly stop changing to suit their tastes. Human activity likely is contributing to that change, but how much and what to do about it remain topics of hot debate.
I hate to break it to you bleeding-hearts, but the planet will continue to do just fine for the foreseeable future. One hundred, five hundred, one thousand, or one million years from now there will be life in abundance on this planet, whether human or not. Whether we blow ourselves up with nuclear bombs or trash the planet with poly-cyclo-benzo-whatevers, life will find a way.
2) Species go extinct
Look at the fossil record and you will see countless species that have developed and then gone extinct over the ages. But now all of a sudden because some econutballs have ‘awareness’ of the environment, everything is supposed to remain static. If I understand the green fringe elements, any species that roams the earth at this moment is sacred and it would be a tragedy if we let any of them die out. This not only goes for the large mammals, but also for the left-handed-green-spotted-wharf-snail in Kalamazoo. I am all for preserving areas where wildlife can live, but I think the way to go about it should be for the environmental groups to buy land and then keep it natural. Bringing government into the equation is only a power play by the weak – they can’t get their way through persuasion so they must hire (elect) people with guns to enforce their way of view. And expecting all living species today to continue on in perpetuity is a pipe dream.
3) Science is messy
Science is never ‘settled’. In fact, the majority of scientific advancement is achieved by disproving previously known ‘truths’. Trying to predict the future is a fool’s errand. Just look at your local weather: models have gotten quite good at predicting the next few hours or even days of weather, but is it going to rain where you are one month from now? Who knows? There are just too many variables for us to be able to comprehend this system entirely.
I know what science is like – I have published a number of papers myself – and anyone else who has published a peer-reviewed scientific paper will know the magic of statistics. You can take raw data and analyze it by many various methods, you can fill in gaps in the data in many different ways, and you can drive the outcome of a study towards a desired goal in the process, if one were so inclined. Every scientist makes personal justifications for these manipulations, and every one will find their position on the spectrum of what is and is not allowable. The more manipulation of the data that takes place, the further from ‘pure’ science we go. And this brings us directly to the next point:
4) Many climate scientists have an agenda clouding their judgment
What are these agendas? They are different for each individual, whether it is a desire for tenure, status, and respect among peers; righteous indignation towards polluters; disdain for American capitalism; or some combination of these, the agendas of the individual may drive them away from ‘pure’ science and allow them to justify data manipulation to the point of a reversal of the true findings of the study.
So deeply ingrained is the ‘global warming’…err ‘climate change’ paradigm that many scientists cannot see their data objectively. They resist change fiercely, and will go to great lengths to defend their theory. As Thomas Kuhn puts it:
The source of resistance is the assurance that the older paradigm will ultimately solve all its problems, that nature can be shoved into the box the paradigm provides. Inevitably, at times of revolution, that assurance seems stubborn and pigheaded as indeed it sometimes becomes.
Kuhn goes on to say that the ‘assurance’ of scientists allows science to proceed, but the resistance to change is often so strong that it takes the dying out of an entire generation for new ideas to take the place of the old way of thinking.
5) It is all about money and power
Most of the powerful players in this game couldn’t care less what the temperature of the planet will be in fifty or one hundred years. What they do care about is money and power and how to manipulate people, governments, and corporations. The only proof you need: were climate activists and government officials so concerned about carbon they would set up internet tele-conferences instead of flying on their private jets to conferences in Paris, Geneva, and Davos. Everyone wants clean air and clean water, so this serves as a useful front for their bait-and-switch game.
that, ladies and gentlemen, is the Inconvenient Truth.