There is a mook (that’s right, I said a mook and I meant it) over at the Chronicle of Higher Education who laments that the unwillingness of members of the public to blindly and unquestioningly accept the “scientific consensus” that CO2 from SUV’s and jet travel is causing earthquakes and every bad thing that ever happens ever.
Because, of course, nothing says “science denier” like a demand for evidence and empirical truth.
There are, in fact, myriad reasons to have skepticism about whether human activity is leading to catastrophic global warming, such that we must all sacrifice our standard of living to prevent the prophesied Global Warming Apocalypse. Here’s 10 off the top of my head.
1. All of the remedies put forth by the AGW proponents advance the progressive left agenda: increased Government regulation, diminished liberty, and abolish what’s left of the global free enterprise system in favor of a centrally planned political economy.
3. AGW proponents refuse to debate climate change skeptics in a public forum;people who think they can win the argument want to have the argument.
4. You should always be skeptical when people demand that opposing views should be censored; again people who think they can win the argument want to have the argument.
5. If carbon dioxide is such a horrible threat, why are the AGW proponents flying around the world in CO2-spewing jets? It’s kind of like televangelists preaching that drinking, sex, and gambling are the road to Hell then going to Vegas to get drunk and pick up hookers.
6. 95% of global warming forecast models have been wrong. Also, the models were apparently designed to produce an outcome of global warming.
7. There is considerable evidence that the global warming data has been fudged in the direction of warmfulness.
8. Contrary to the doomsday predictions of the Global Warming Cult, the Atlantic Ocean is getting colder, not warmer.
9. The Environmental Left has a long history of making hysterical proclamations of DOOM (all caused by humans engaging in capitalism and self-fulfillment) that have never panned out.