OK, so I”m not a scientist … but hear me out.
President Obama said “The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.” Like me, Obama is not a scientist. And lately, like me, he is not the leader of the free world. But I digress. I would not disagree with the assertion that climate does indeed change – how else would one explain the ice age? So what’s with “the debate”? There’s no debate about that. Pretty slick wordsmithing, Mr. Pres!
Recently Secretary of State John Kerry (another politician – also not a scientist) stated earlier this year that climate change is “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now.”
“When I think about the array of global climate – of global threats – think about this: terrorism, epidemics, poverty, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – all challenges that know no borders – the reality is that climate change ranks right up there with every single one of them.” – John Kerry
With a statement like that it seems Kerry has lost his head .. but that brings forth images that are even more challenging, at least to me. But he explains as follows:
“Well, 97 percent of climate scientists have confirmed that climate change is happening and that human activity is responsible. These scientists agree on the causes of these changes and they agree on the potential effects. They agree that the emission of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide contributes heavily to climate change. They agree that the energy sources that we’ve relied on for decades to fuel our cars and to heat our homes or to air condition our homes, to – all the things that provide us electricity like oil and coal – that these are largely responsible for sending those greenhouse gases up into the atmosphere. And the scientists agree that emissions coming from deforestation and from agriculture can also send enormous quantities of carbon pollution into our atmosphere.” – John Kerry
Well, I’ll bet 97% of professional golfers agree that golf is the greatest game ever. And 97% of African-Americans believe that Barack Obama is the greatest president ever. The interesting think is that all three of these statements can be empirically proven by using polling – but not science. But since it is scientists that are drawing their conclusion, I challenge them to prove it using the SCIENTIFIC METHOD!
You know, the scientific method you learned in grade school:
- Pose a question (Why is “
global warming” “climate changing”?);
- Construct hypothesis (Humans cause
global warmingclimate change);
- Perform observation (100 years of temperature data);
- Analyze your hypothesis based on your observation (Humans use carbon-based fuels and temperature is increasing);
- Draw your conclusion (Humans are the cause of
global warmingclimate change!)
The conclusion is INVALID because the observation is inadequate: Earth is 4.5 BILLION YEARS OLD. Drawing a conclusion using just 100 years of data is the equivalent of drawing a conclusion of a full year of anything based on an observation of 7/10ths OF ONE SECOND.
So just because a climate scientist says it, it doesn’t mean it’s science. In this case it’s scientific speculation. Not science.
If I say there may be other explanations, would I be wrong? Since LIFE ITSELF IS CARBON BASED and COMBUSTION IS PART OF NATURE, would it not be reasonable to conclude that the production of CO2 is an integral part of nature and it is essential in the photosynthesis process in the production of oxygen. Perhaps Mother Earth is self-regulating. Nature is bigger than we are. Perhaps ebb & flow is a natural occurrence. Humanity may just be exceedingly arrogant to believe it can control mega-nature.
I don’t profess to have perfect knowledge of nature. But you are being fooled if you think that Barack Obama, John Kerry or Al Gore do.
Global warming, whoops, climate change is a politically useful issue, though. And it’s a convenient way to shovel government grant money to universities most of which lean far left. And it’s lucrative for climate scientists to perpetuate the foolishness. And it provides a distraction from the Obama administration’s crises.
global warming, whoops, “climate change” is akin to religious fanaticism – Warmists contend it’s heresy not to believe in what they believe. A free thinker, I am not fooled.
Please, there are other more urgent matters that require our attention.