Just what I needed...

It just doesn't seem like a Friday unless I am lectured about science by a journalist:

I would like to say we're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.
Call me Gee Guymadinejad.


free thought said...

Usually her work is better than that. But once people jump from journalism to editorials, they never quite get back to the basics.

Again, the problem is in the leaps of logic that occur in the language.

When the "humans are bad" folks talk about global warming, they presume human causation. The latest report does more to quantify human effect, relative to natural trends, than prior work.

It does not, as the editorial linked suggests, say that humans are the only cause.

It does not have 90% certainty we are to blame for the overall warming.

It does not state that our effects can be stopped by cutting back (unless we cut back to having only our own respiration creating CO2).

Since I do not deny the warming, just question the causation, effects, and whether we can really do anything about it, I think I am only a heretic. I do not have to deny the holcaust at this time.

Allan said...

It is precisely the kind of shrillness in editorials like Goodman's that make me doubt the anthropogenic angle. They're so desperate for people to cave in to their plans for our own good that even mainstream commentators like Goodman are smearing people who are asking honest questions. You know, like are there possibilities we haven't fully considered?

free thought said...

Great, Allan, now you are going to get us blamed for warming up other planets, too.

So, why are you not writing this stuff up with your own site?

Allan said...

Because I like causing trouble on GeeGuy's site.

Just kidding. In the past few weeks, every time I sit down to write something on my own blog, particularly to do with current events, I get quagmired until I give up. A quick couple of sentences in comments is easier for me, even with searching and linking as I did above. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I imagine it'll pass.