There are a number of reasons I’m a climate change skeptic. And here are the main ones.
1. The Mouthpieces
The people most pushing this AGW agenda are vocal hypocrites. I’ll outline three of the major ones, and you’ll be familiar with all of them.
Albert Gore II
My God, I never thought that someone with almost no knowledge of science could annoint themselves World Superhero and create this Green Revolution. I mean, seriously, c’mon, who would have believed that?! Clearly his two years at Vanderbilt School of Religion taught him everything he needed to know to create this movement. Because it’s become a religion. And the Giant Green Messiah is the biggest hypocrite in this entire scam*.
He flies everywhere when video conferencing would work, he buys his carbon credits from his own company, he surrounds himself with electricity-guzzling appliances to such a degree that he uses more than 20 times the amount of electricity than the average Tennessee home, and he drives a car which actually causes more damage to the environment than it saves. How pathetic!
This guy actually has a bit of knowledge about science. He first did a degree in English and found employment at the Museum of Victoria, working in Paleontology. His work at the Museum led him to complete a degree in Earth Sciences, and a doctorate with the Zoology department at the University of New South Wales. So knowing all about paleontology has absolutely nothing to do with climate science, and basically renders his point of view useless from a science view. Doesn’t stop him from touting himself as a major expert on Climate Change though.
Just like the Giant Green Messiah, Tim Flannery takes every opportunity to fly around preaching at people, without considering the consequences of his actions. Without making a single change in his own lifestyle. But more than happy to lobby for stupid schemes that will change everyone else’s lives.
An untalented and terrible actress like Toni Collette should not be taken seriously on matters of science. Seriously. Especially when you’re a major believer in climate change who isn’t true to her word. She promised to leave the country if John Howard won the 2004 election. She promised. Lying cow**! So instead, she flies regularly between the US and Australia, as part of her work schedule. She owns real estate in both countries, and so I imagine she pays utility bills for both. I hope she buys her carbon credits from Gore too, because that would just be the right thing, wouldn’t it?
Terrible singer too.
2. The Science
The science relied upon in order to call man-made climate change a definite event is weak. Very weak, and poorly interpreted.
Many of the people attempting to understand the science don’t appear to have a clue, but instead have to go for the emotional response “If it is true, we have a moral obligation to do something!” I can understand that view, but there’s no real basis to believe that climate change is real. If the science is so clear, it won’t need us to have a moral obligation to do anything. There will be a scientific obligation, that’s the difference. As the science stands now, that obligation is not clear, not proven, and merely hypothesised.
When we have a proven scientific obligation to act against climate change, I’ll happily do it. As I see it now, we’ve forgotten history and seasons, and have replaced it with hysteria and consensus.
3. The Earth’s History
George Santayana (1863-1952) once said “He who forgets history is doomed to repeat it.”
That’s not the most ideal quote for what I’m thinking here, but it’s an important one. It seems that the human race in the Western World have completely forgotten what it is to have summer and winter, autumn and spring. Yes, weather does change. Trust me, I live in Melbourne. The weather has changed for thousands of years, and is very much tied in with what is occurring with the Sun and the Moon, or in some situations, volcanic eruptions can also affect weather patterns. And they’re filthy big carbon emitters! In fact, the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 would have released thousands of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, yet the effect of that eruption was not global warming, it caused a decrease in temperatures and major crop failure. Most of that is of course, the fault of the dust from the eruption blocking the sun.
It seems as though we’ve forgotten about natural weather patterns, and large climatic events such as the Ice Age, the Medieval Warming period, and other periods in the history of the Earth that many of the believers seem to ignore so that they can say that climate change is real, and it’s catastrophic. I subscribe to the theory that if you have to ignore half the evidence to make a claim, you’re more than likely wrong.
The Earth has evolved and changed over millions of years, and will continue to do so. Stopping carbon emissions will only serve one purpose, and that is to force plant life to evolve so it requires less of it. One could almost be forgiven for thinking that the true believers are trying to kill off plants…
4. The Hysteria
Look, we’re all smart enough to know that if you need to get majorly hysterical about a scientific theory that hasn’t been proven, then you obviously haven’t got anything better to do with your time. May I suggest you either dig deeper into the science side of things and learn more about the theories other than just watching “An Inconvenient Truth”? It’s very hard to take people seriously who want to decrease the amount of plant food in the air, yet insist that they love growing gardens and caring for nature. Do they want to starve the trees? Cruel bastards!
5. The Intent
It’s easy to believe that many, if not all, of the people who believe in climate change are genuine about caring for the planet. Yet there are some people, much like Gore, Flannery, Collette, Blanchett and a whole load of others who are using the climate change hysteria to attempt to force everyone to pay for their lifestyles and to change them to activities approved of by the Select Green Elite. It’s ludicrous. I’m a grown up and can make my own decisions.
I don’t need to be told what to do by Socialists with a green streak who have done so well out of Capitalism. I really don’t. It just serves to piss. me. off!
*If I didn’t have morals, I’d say I wish I’d thought of it first.
**No offence intended to cows. You’re wonderful animals. Cooked medium-rare, that is.
July 11, 2008, 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm
You should have qualified your lead with man-made climate change.
Hard not to believe in natural climate change which I think is nothing more than the earth keeping itself in balance. One could argue that this process is not climate change but simply an ongoing natural process-whatever.
July 11, 2008, 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm
Ash, I am a sceptic some of the time.