People, global warming

Bryan Killett, Pasadena Star-News, 10/03/2012

People, global warming

The overwhelming majority of the scientific community has concluded that most of the warming since 1950 is very likely caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases like CO2.

Dave Miles’ assumption that these changes are simply natural cycles contradicts modern observations, evidence gathered from the ancient climate, and physics itself.

Instead of repeatedly implying that Vicki Kirschenbaum is engaging in “feelings-based decision making,” Mr. Miles might ask why Ian Plimer represents such an extreme minority of the scientific community. Googling for “Plimer vs. Plimer” reveals blatant self-contradictions in “Heaven and Earth” that may begin to answer that question.

In 2009, 13 national science academies signed a joint statement telling world leaders that “the need for urgent action to address climate change is now indisputable.” These aren’t partisan organizations, and the scientific community certainly isn’t excluding rational thought or focusing on short-term good feelings. So why are people like Vicki repeatedly accused of such failings when they have the temerity to agree with the scientific community?

It’s a mystery.


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