We don’t know enough?

I can’t stand anyone who employs a double standard to attack and deny an idea he hates. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the debate over global warming.

One of the arguments used by denialists on the issue is, “We don’t know enough about this issue to make changes to our economies that will affect the lives of millions.” There are two problems with that claim. First, the emissions of greenhouse gases we made in the past were done in total ignorance of how they would affect the global climate. Only in the past few decades have we gained enough knowledge to understand how the various factors work together over time to change the climate. Second, the denialists NEVER define when we WOULD have enough knowledge to conclude that man’s pollution must be curbed to stop global warming. Since they haven’t done this, how can their claim that we don’t know enough be justified?

Another claim made by the denialists is that “The movement to stop global warming is a scam to destroy capitalism.” Well, how can anyone know that, since there is no proof that anyone can read the minds of Al Gore and others on his side of the debate? Nor has there been any documentation produced to prove that claim.

Seriously, how can one claim that we don’t know enough about the science of climate change to conclude that humans are the main cause of the problem, yet at the same time claim dogmatically that the efforts to combat global warming are a scam? There is one word to describe such an attitude: HYPOCRISY!

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One thought on “We don’t know enough?

  1. Hi Dale. This is a really great post. Personally, I feel that climate change/global warming has been around since the earth was created, and the problem we’re experiencing with it now is due to our own stupidity with fossil fuels and the like. What I mean is that we’re speeding up what is already a cyclical process (I’m thinking of the Ice Ages when I say that). I think the planet is going to continue to warm and cool ad infinitum, but whether or not the measures we’re taking now are too little, too late, remains to be seen. Just my opinion…

    –Holly

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