Wednesday, June 18, 2014

To the deniers


     Some of our readers appear to be climate change skeptics or deniers.
     Such persons should read a document recently produced by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society called “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes.” It was released on February 27 of this year:

Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

     This report—issued by two of the most respected scientific organizations in the world—makes a clear case against skepticism/denial (i.e., it explains the case for anthropogenic global climate change, etc.) and explains the nature and grounds of the scientific consensus thereof.
     A brief overview of the report can be found in a recent edition of Ethics and Climate:

Why the US Academy of Science and the Royal Academy’s Easy To Understand Report On Climate Change Science Has Ethical Significance

     Unfortunately, most skeptics/deniers have little understanding of science—or good reasoning—and thus they are not discouraged from pursuing unfalsifiable theses or theories. In particular, they seem attracted to conspiracy theories of an unfalsifiable kind. That is, it appears that, for many climate change skeptics, nothing can ever count as evidence that a "persuading the world that humanity is causing disastrous climate change" conspiracy among scientists and/or the media is not occurring.
     Insofar as this is true, their view is not scientific; it is profoundly unscientific and irrational.

A Discussion on Climate Change: Evidence and Causes from The National Academies on Vimeo.

Among the (video) presenters: Ralph John Cicerone, current Pres. of the NAS and a former chancellor of UC Irvine.

3 comments:

  1. Government's solution: make polluters pay. Please explain to us how making one of the biggest private offenders (and hypocrite), Al Gore, pay and continue to pollute at his same rate? How does that reduce pollution?

    The reason there are skeptics is because people are tired of governments that cry wolf to generate revenue. They seem to do it more frequently these days. Then there are all the scandals, coverups and lies.

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  2. That these two highly respected scientific groups--that are not part of the government--provide an overwhelming case for anthropogenic climate change means nothing to you? Why aren't you responding to their arguments?

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  3. I assume that our resident idiot contributor was fine with illegal invasions in the Middle East and will blame their abject failure on Al Gore.

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