It seems to be getting less socially acceptable to express views denying humans' hand global warming, but there are still plenty of climate change skeptics out there.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Christopher Monckton, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's former science advisor, spoke in Winnipeg this week on why he doesn't believe in human-caused climate change.
Here are some things, as quoted in the Free Press article, that ring in pretty high on my bull-shit meter for this particular skeptic:
1. The luncheon at which Monckton spoke at was sponsored in part by Friends of Science, previously revealed as an oil industry front group.
2. This quote by Monckton: "The best solution is to have the courage to do nothing."
Seriously? Is this a joke? Why on earth would you need courage to do nothing? There is nothing courageous about maintaining the status quo. Who does he think will actually buy that line?
Unfortunately, the correct choices are usually the hardest ones. So if an oil-industry backed scientist tells me to do nothing, while an impartial one tells me we need to make urgent and difficult change, I'm going to believe the latter.
I encourage people with alternate views to post -- I'm more than happy to be convinced that human-caused climate change is all in my head! Think of all the free time I'll have to worry about other things...
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