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I would never have expected so much discussion regarding George Will when it comes to global warming. While he is incredibly intelligent, he is hardly a person that one would describe as being an expert at global warming. It is amazing that when this political commenter says, “Real calamities take our minds off hypothetical ones. Besides, according to the U.N. World Meteorological Organization, there has been no recorded global warming for more than a decade, or one-third of the span since the global cooling scare.” and the comment results in multiple articles and arguments from scientists and laypersons about how he is wrong.
But, maybe, that is the point now. Perhaps the discussion of global warming has evolved to the point that it is beyond the scientific discussion. While this site (and many, many others) have tried to explain a variety of technical details of global warming – I find that many of my articles lately are discussing politics and politicians.
With the current economic mess, it is hard to worry about 20-40 years from now when most people are worried how they are going to pay their bills today and how they are going to retire in a couple of decades. I offer this quote from NixGuy (a political commentary site that I enjoy):
Makes sense to me. Hard to get all worked about the world heating up when you’re freezing, you just payed $950 to fill the propane tank, and you might not even have a job next week.
So what do we do? I suggest that we continue to discuss the scientific discoveries of environmental science. We do not accept that the debate is over. And we continue to contribute to the discussion of politics with the understanding that we are not arguing before a judge and jury where the facts and evidence are treated as the golden standard (we know what happens when judges rule on commentary of global warming). Instead we are arguing in a world of “beliefs”. The world where everything that one says should begin with “I believe that global warming is man-made” or “I believe that global warming is a natural cycle”. And like all beliefs – arguing them is like arguing religion.Tags: EPA, George Will, gold, myth, NASA, Politics, religion, satellite, science, scientists, skeptic