Thursday, October 8, 2009

Climate change deniers: "the courage to do nothing"

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...

4 comments:

  1. It's good to be skeptical of skepticism.
    I think the crux of the argument for either side is that nobody really knows. There's plenty of hard data out there but it all comes back to causation vs correlation. Having said that, I still think it's good to lie on the enviro side and reduce our obvious pollutants and excessive lifestyle.

    Nice blog Sandy!
    -Andrew McMonagle

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  2. Ok ok Sandy fair enough. BUT!

    For the amount of scientist out there saying Global Warming is fact there are equally the same amount claiming the exact opposite.
    However it's hard for them to come out and say anything because then they'll be demonized and considered stupid.

    John Coleman the founder of The Weather Network has called global warming "The greatest scam in history" and I could not agree more.

    "Now their ridiculous manipulated science has been accepted as fact and become a cornerstone issue for CNN, CBS, NBC, the Democratic Political Party, the Governor of California, school teachers and, in many cases, well informed but very gullible environmental conscientious citizens."

    He then goes on to say
    There is no run away climate change. The impact of humans on climate is not catastrophic. Our planet is not in peril."

    This man has dealt with weather his entire life, he founded the most recognized weather news channel around.

    The plant and universe move in cycles, revolving, evolving and changing all the time. There have been Ice Ages before Human life even existed on this planet and there were no cars, factories or emissions then.

    There is a HUGE difference between weather and climate, to say that the "climate" changing is bad is insane, if was to stay the same all the time I think we would have a problem.

    Leonardo DiCaprio is a fool, Al Gore needs to give back his Nobel Peace Prize because he certainly doesn't deserve it seeing as he can't even live up to his own environmental standards, why the hell should we?

    We're still besties Sandy but our relationship will be forever divided :P

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  3. I sold all my Exxon shares years ago, before the Valdez.

    Now I'm a Tri-zillionaire!

    I love oil!

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  4. It's funny that Jeff doesn't believe in it, because the splintering and melting ice shelf that bears his name, "The Ward Hunt Ice Shelf" is the best proof that global warming does, indeed, exist.

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