Two Excellent Global Warming Links: “How to Talk to a Global Warming Skeptic” and “The Skeptics vs the Ozone Hole.” Plus a Picture.
The wonderful thing about the Internet is that if one looks hard enough and long enough, one will eventually find the perfect site. Of course it’s getting harder to do this due the the amazing amount of glop going on line now, and how some (cough: one) of the big search engines rank their searches has made the situation even worse with link farms and spam comments proliferating like so many ravenous Zebra Mussels. Ah well, at least little of the spam email I get these days is X-rated, that’s some comfort I suppose. Of course it’s almost all now from big corporations, so in a way that’s even more obscene.
Moving right along, our old favourite, global warming. I was inspired to dig around a bit by a Drudge Report link about the global warming “hoax.” Yes, the Drudge Report prominently displayed a link titled “Climate expert says it’s time to attack the myth of global warming…” Looks like important stuff…until one reads the link. Yes, the “climate expert” is a meteorologist, and the august scientific body he was addressing is a farmer’s convention in New Zealand. OK, definitely scraping the bottom of the barrel here Drudge…
I did wonder about the argument he used of course, like so many global warming objections the meteorologist’s argument was superficially very convincing. He claimed that water vapour causes virtually all of global warming and thus human influence with rising CO2 is negligible. Could thousands of scientists be so incredibly stupid that they are ignoring an obvious fact that proves human caused global warming is a myth? Or is the meteorologist in question in error about the facts or his interpretation of them? I hit the Internet to research what he said…
And hit pay dirt. Yes, a fine gentleman has taken the time to carefully refute the various misinformation and logical fallacies that are bandied about by global warming skeptics. Every objection that has ever been made on my site to global warming is answered, I am astounded and impressed by the trouble that Coby Beck to to compile his How to Talk to a Global Warming Skeptic. He’s done it all, factually and politely, from the Global Cooling Scare of the Seventies to the meteorologist’s misunderstanding above and everything in between. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in global warming.
And for those who want to know how industry and government is going about creating the “global warming is a hoax” hoax, here’s a wonderful link I’ve posted before but just had to relink: The Skeptics vs. the Ozone Hole. Yes, this all played out before as government and the chemical industry fought tooth and nail to keep using the chemicals (CFCs) that were destroying the Earth’s ozone layer. What I think is particularly amusing about this is that the ozone hole skeptics predicted all sorts of dire economic disasters if CFCs were abandoned, whole industries would collapse, etc.
And a few years later CFCs were banned. Anyone remember the world wide depression that resulted? Anyone even know a single person who lost their job as a result? I’m sure there must have been a few, but somehow the world’s economy muddled through. We’ll do the same if we do what we need to do to stop making global warming worse, assuming we do it in time to save our sorry asses.
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