In honour of a morning’s decent work on my dissertation, I thought I’d dig up this old gem. It’s the list of demands I managed to squeeze out of a climate change skeptic who’d been arguing with me here a while back:
” I want to know what you’d need to see to admit AGW is actually occurring.”
How clearly do I need to put it. We have a hypothesis “Anthropogenic CO2 causes Global Warming”.
Fact: It is unproven.
What would make me support it?
Included would be:
Some facts that appear to support the hypothesis.
Absence of facts that disprove the hypothesis.
Absence of facts that do not support the hypothesis.
Absence of hypebolic statements from such people as Al Gore, the media and the IPCC which are frequently nonsense.
A lack of scientists who do not support the thesis.
A lack of silence on the costs (Social and Economic)of actually acheiving the CO2 reductions demanded by the IPCC.
The absence of apparent hidden agenda of a number of the key players in this scare.
The absence of the attitude of many “Alarmists” such as yourself in that they refuse to consider any facts which contradict their faith.
The absence of Cap and Trade proposals which are pointless except to take money from the masses.
The absence of the proposed diversion of funds through the above and other measures, away from the real needs of this planet.
This list is one of the most honest and revealing representations of a skeptic position I’ve encountered. A complete misunderstanding of how science works, but really, digging deep into personality and politics. Roger doesn’t like the kind of people who talk about global warming, and he doesn’t like some of the proposed solutions, and his answer is to deny it’s real.
Anyway, here’s a picture I took while walking home on Friday.