A reader asked a question of me in a comment a while ago, and now that I am back to blogging I think I’ll answer it. I write only of my own path to skepticism, I’m sure that there are many others who have different reasons, but that is for them to know and reveal, if they wish.
Jeremy, a hard-core anti-wealth AGW ‘believer’ asked me this question:
Could you just clarify something for me – leave aside the issue of what might be causing it, is the earth heating up or not? Only you say there has been ‘no warming since 1997’, but repeatedly say ‘it’s the sun’ as if the earth is warming after all.
Short answer, maybe the planet is warming, maybe it’s not; it does not matter. The most asinine label attached to anthropogenic global warming (AGW) theory is ‘climate change’. Climate always changes, its natural state is to be in constant flux; climate has been warming and cooling long before man came along and will be doing so long after man is gone.
What I do not give credence is that man or his activities have any effect whatsoever on the climate of the planet. Don’t get me wrong, I do not support wanton polluters or casual disregard for natural resources, but nor do I possess a desire to return to the stone age and give up all the wonderful inventions and conveniences of modern life. If environmentalism simply meant promoting cleaner air, water and maximized use of resources like oil and gas, and embraced nuclear power I might even be a member of a group like that.
But AGW is nothing but junk science supported by flimsy computer models designed and operated by alchemists. That Al Gore, a lifelong failure in every academic endeavor he ever undertook, leads this movement is the icing on the cake.
Consider that the planet is estimated to be anywhere between 3.5 and 4.5 billion years old. It has survived meteor impacts, geologic upheavals, volcanic eruptions and glaciation, each of which humble man’s feeble ability to impact the planet. Yet AGW theorists studied fewer than 100 years of recorded temperature data and claim to know not only that the world is warming, but that man is the cause. If it were not so serious in its consequences, it would be laughable.
Why am I a skeptic? Because the first time I heard about the issue of AGW, it was Al Gore and David Suzuki telling me that the science was settled and the debate was over. Really? Science is settled? Show me anyone making that claim and I will show you someone unworthy of the respect due a scientist. The arrogance of the claim raised a red flag in my enquiring mind, and when I started to investigate, the hubris and dishonesty of the AGW proponents became immediately apparent, and this blog was born.
Jeremy asks why I frequently refer to the Sun if I don’t believe in global warming. Simply put, the Sun is the engine that drives climate – an active sun makes us warmer and a quiet sun warms us less, as demonstrated since the late 1990’s. That’s it, all you need to know about climate ‘science’ is right there. No computer models required. Blaming AGW on trace amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere is akin to blaming dolphins for the tides.
I used to think that environmentalists of the old school were decent people, caring for the natural world and bringing attention to things that man could do better. But some time ago the movement was hijacked by activists with agendas like anti-capitalism, anti-industry, anti-nuclear stances and these actvists were soon joined by any number of name-your-grievance losers that were unable to make a go of it in the real world and threw ideological tantrums as a result.
If these deluded folks did nothing but scream about their outrage du jour and did no harm, I’d let them go at it, whatever rows your boat. But there is a dark underbelly to the greens that makes me furious, and I want them held accountable. Greenpeace is a genocidal organization with the blood of millions of dead African children on its hands. Greens try to convince us that using food for fuel is a good idea when almost a third of the global population is starving. Greens claim that the planet cannot support the present population of the planet, and then go about encouraging behavior that makes that prediction a devastating reality. Greens want to ban GM foods, ban DDT, ban fertilizers and anything that promotes efficient food production, never mind how many must die to satisfy their craven delusion that they are doing something ‘good’.
Until the cycle of cynical activism ends, I will use my little blog to represent the skeptical side of the equation. Readers should make up their own minds, don’t take my word for it – educate yourself and see what you think, but at least think about it. That is advice most of the green sites will never encourage, for they know that once people see the reality, their hoax is done.