Monday, December 21, 2009

The bipolar world

An article on a web site I'd not previously seen called American Thinker says the following about me:

(There are also efforts by true believers to justify the code. Try following the logic of the post in that last link.)

So, I'm a climate change 'true believer' am I? You mean because I blogged something that doesn't agree with your interpretation of the facts I must be from the other side?

Well, guess what. I don't believe in this bipolar world of yours where you're with us or against us, pro-choice or pro-life, or, frankly, any of the other ridiculous black or white notions beloved of people who get involved in politics (of any kind).

If I was a 'true believer', pray tell, why I would have analyzed raw data from the Met Office and found an error in it, or gone on TV in the UK and criticized the quality of code taken from CRU, blogged about all the errors in it?

My take on global warming is... unless you can demonstrate to me that it's false I'm going to believe the scientists who've been working on it. Pretty much the same way I do about any other bit of science. That's how science works, unlike politics.

3 comments:

Judge said...

I've been skeptical of the global warming hoopla because of the obscene amount of money involved. Also, I've wanted major errors to be disclosed since it fits with my personal agenda. That's obviously what's blinding the writers of which you speak. The more honest approach that I've decided to take is to go ahead and concede a warming trend and take aim at the political over-reaction itself.

With that said, can you point me to any research that conclusively rules out non-human causes (e.g. solar or geological activity) for the warming? I don't mean that as an attack; I just want to be more educated on the subject. BTW, I follow your blog as a fellow software developer and normally don't stray into politics. ;)

John Graham-Cumming said...

Hmm. If I knew of some I would, but I'm a climate change neophyte. I know about as much as I've blogged :-)

JSN said...

I think it is pretty hilarious for anyone to claim that there is an "obscene amount of money involved" in pushing the idea of global warming.

I've never seen the figures, but if the combined fossil fuel industries and their associates in the transportation sector don't have 50 times the budget of the scientists, color me surprised.