While I know that “balanced” is something that Fox News has perverted to mean “balanced from our point of view”, I really do intend to discuss all aspects of global warming on these pages.
The controversy over global warming is very intriguing to me. My basic tenet on this subject is that we do not know enough about weather and its history to make an accurate conclusion. In my opinion, global warming is an opinion (or more accurately: a hypothesis). Several scientists have formed the hypothesis that the globe is getting warmer and it is now up to the rest of the scientific community to validate or invalidate that hypothesis.
Interestingly, a second hypothesis has been formed based on the first hypothesis. This is almost always a bad thing but I don’t want to argue that point here. This second hypothesis assumes that the globe is warming and then assumes that the cause of this warming is human activity. I don’t know if this hypothesis is true either – I am still working on the first one!
To really compound the complexity of this issue, a third hypothesis has been formed. This third hypothesis is that the cause of global warming (first hypothesis) is caused by humans (second hypothesis) putting too much carbon dioxide into the air (third hypothesis). Having 3 stacked up hypotheses makes this a very complicated discussion. Most people have leaped to this third hypothesis because there is more CO2 in the air than we think was in the air a few decades ago. If this is true, it may be a leap of cause and effect analysis to say that man-made CO2 causes global warming (essentially wrapping up all three hypotheses into one small bundle).
The global warming conversation gets even more complicated when you include politics, economics, greed, and the self interests of the various governments, NGOs and companies. I am a fairly skeptical person so I question everyone’s self interest on this subject. I think that there is too much that is not understood on this subject so if someone has a strong feeling one way or another then they are either a lot smarter than me, a lot dumber than me, a lot more conniving than me, or some combination of the above.
I believe that many people are under-educated on this topic and should spend time researching it. I also believe that there are some people in this world that see global warming as a way to create more wealth and power for themselves. I also contend that there are people that don’t care about global warming as an issue but have found that it sells well, and therefore espouse it in books, periodicals, talk shows, TV shows, and movies.
This blog will try to balance all of the information on the subject. You will see that the categories are basically warmer, not warmer, or science (with the occasional ridiculous thrown in, just to have some fun). I will also have a few items that don’t fit into categories and these tend to be political. The format for the blog is a little bit of comment from me and then some excerpts from a somewhat credible source (you be the judge on its credibility). You can assume that the excerpts are not contiguous paragraphs and that I may have taken some things out of context but I try not to deceive. My goal is to help educate people that still want to be educated and to drive discussion on the 3 hypotheses above. I encourage you to follow these links to the original content and read the full reference.