by William Teach | February 26, 2016 7:20 am
Sorry, entertainment guy, most people do not care about the issue that much. Questions on Hotcoldwetdry are barely asked at Democratic debates, but, CNN allows Nye to write this screed anyhow
(CNN) Here’s hoping someone in Houston, at CNN’s Republican debate Thursday night, can manage to ask the candidates a question like: “Mr. _______, you’ve stated repeatedly that you feel that climate change and global warming are not things we need to worry about in the short or even long term; why do you disagree with the world’s science community and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?”
Then, I’m hoping that the same person or another citizen asks a follow-up: “Mr. _______, would you say that you believe your intuition and experience with weather are more scientifically correct than the research done by the world’s climate scientists, and do you believe that the world’s scientists are part of a conspiracy?”
As to the first, it seems that not everyone in the scientific community agrees. When we dig into that 97% consensus “paper”, we find that only about 36% take a position that Mankind is mostly/solely the cause, and the rest think it is, at most, 50% caused by Mankind. If the UN and these people were really concerned they would modify their own use of fossil fuels, energy, their shopping habits, etc, and make their own lives carbon neutral. Furthermore, they might offer rock solid proof of their beliefs using the scientific method. They fail on all accounts.
The second question highlights what this is really about: politics. Throughout his screed Nye offers zero scientific proof that Mankind is mostly/solely responsible for the warming since 1850. What we do see is that the models from Warmists consistently fail, and that the data is continuously massaged, modified, and manufactured to fit the hypothesis, which is the exact opposite of how the Scientific Method works.
As you may know, the three front-running candidates are apparently in denial about the effects and seriousness of climate change and global warming. As a voter and taxpayer, I’d like to know why each of them has no apparent concern about a problem that is worrying people all over the rest of the world. And by the way, those same people are very much hoping the U.S. will lead, showing the way to produce all of our energy renewably.
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As I’ve written time and time again, if this is such a darned serious problem, why do so few Warmists act like it is a serious problem and make changes in their own lives? Why does this always seem to result in a push for taxes and central government restrictions and requirements for citizens and private entities? Why does Nye take so many fossil fueled trips? Why is he not demanding that his appearances be powered solely by “renewables”?
I will give him one thing: he has a point on moving towards a bigger use of solar, wind, and other renewables. But, we have to be smart about it, making sure they work, that the cost is on par with things like oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear (and, we need more nuclear). That the footprint of these projects is drastically reduced, so we aren’t despoiling the country with wind turbines and solar farms.
There would be no need to import oil from purveyors in the Middle East with whom have deep philosophical, uh… difficulties.
Of course, we could also drill for all the energy the US needs if Democrats would get out of the way.
I’ve said before and I’ll say again: Warmists should stop linking everything to Hotcoldwetdry. Stop pushing renewables along those lines. It guarantees opposition. Instead, we should find a way to bridge the gap and push for better research to make renewables cost effective and have smaller footprints, with less danger to the environment. Leave ‘climate change’ out when you talk to a Republican, and I bet you’ll get agreement, rather than a fight.
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