Friday, March 16, 2012

Climate Change skeptics are a drag on us all

 

While Climate Change skeptics still get to grab the US public’s attention and spew doubt about Climate Change your government through its various agencies—wildlife, transportation, health, and many more—are preparing and adapting to imminent change. Our collective ability to provide funding and public participation for the may projects that will help us adapt to Climate Change is oftentimes foiled by senseless arguments by those with another agenda:

Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong by William D. Nordhaus | The New York Review of Books The threat of climate change is an increasingly important environmental issue for the globe. Because the economic questions involved have received relatively little attention, I have been writing a nontechnical book for people who would like to see how market-based approaches could be used to formulate policy on climate change. When I showed an early draft to colleagues, their response was that I had left out the arguments of skeptics about climate change, and I accordingly addressed this at length. But one of the difficulties I found in examining the views of climate skeptics is that they are scattered widely in blogs, talks, and pamphlets. Then, I saw an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal of January 27, 2012, by a group of sixteen scientists, entitled “No Need to Panic About Global Warming.” This is useful because it contains many of the standard criticisms in a succinct statement. The basic message of the article is that the globe is not warming, that dissident voices are being suppressed, and that delaying policies to slow climate change for fifty years will have no serious economic or environment consequences.  (March 22, 2012) Home | The New York Review of Books

Added to the problem of making it easy for those who don’t want to change to adapt to Climate Change is the issue of poisoning the minds of our children, our future decision makers, who will have to make critical choices on adapting and mitigating the most important issue of this century. That’s going to be difficult to do if our children minds are filled with mush:

Science Educators Troubled by Heartland's Climate Curriculum and Author's Credentials | InsideClimate News The revelation last month that the Heartland Institute, a libertarian group based in Chicago, is trying to teach climate skepticism in schools has sparked a flurry of criticism and debate over the entry of global warming doubt into the classroom. But how easy is it, really, for a group with an ideological mission to influence science curricula? While it's hard to judge how Heartland will fare, climate denial materials have already begun to creep into public schools, said O. Roger Anderson, chair of the math and science department at Teachers College of Columbia University, in an interview. That's what Anderson says concerns him. (March 15, 2012) | InsideClimate News

Those who have honest skepticism about the difficult science of climate and wonder how various knowledge gaps in the science are being investigated are a legitimate part of the science process. Those who purposely sew doubt where there is now little on the wholesale warming of our atmosphere by our activities are a drag on our collective ability to act to adapt.

It’s scary to think how much havoc those who have no idea what they are talking about can do to stop us from adapting to Climate Change. Maybe we can hold these skeptics who don’t think environmental matters are important accountable:

Study - Young People Not So 'Green' After All - NYTimes.com CHICAGO (AP) — They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources — and often less civic-minded overall — than their elders were when they were young. The findings go against the widespread belief that environmental issues have hit home with today's young adults, known as Millennials, who have grown up amid climate change discussion and the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle." The environment is often listed among top concerns of young voters. (March 15, 2012) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

One of the recommendations of the IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report” is “awareness campaigns” (pg. 61) where governments and all vested groups educate the public on the ramifications of Climate change in their area. But that’s going to be made more difficult by those dragging us down with their lies about this issue.

BTW: Regardless of the Climate Change skeptics inability to prove greenhouse gases aren’t warming up the planet, daily we read more stories like these, which prove we have to get moving:

Rising Sea Levels a Growing Risk to Coastal U.S., Study Says - NYTimes.com About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research. If the pace of the rise accelerates as much as expected, researchers found, coastal flooding at levels that were once exceedingly rare could become an every-few-years occurrence by the middle of this century. (March 13, 2012) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

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