Friday, 3 February 2012

Baffling and Confusing

Not sure why I have suddenly gone back to talking about climate change, but it is such a baffling battle ground. How has it got to be so polarised is beyond me. It seems as though, come hell or high water (no pun intended there) whatever your views, no one seems willing to accept anything from the other perspective. One of the main reasons why I was so sceptical about manmade global warming, the original name for climate change, is because it seemed so flawed and implausible. On top of this it seemed as though there was a concerted effort to hide one side of the story and promote the other, showing massive bias towards the illogical notion that manmade CO2 (if you can really call it that, since we don’t actually make it. It’s just a by-product of an energy reaction from biological forms living or dead) is definitely going to cause a catastrophic climb in temperatures over the coming years and decades.

Climate models for as long as I can remember at least since the late 90’s have predicted huge rises in temperature. They said we would never see snow again, glaciers would melt, sea levels would rise, temperatures would dramatically increase unless we took drastic action and changed our industrial backbone.

Now the thing that confuses me amongst many other things and I am sure I could find a myriad of examples over the years, but let’s use the latest one. Supposedly according to many websites, the Earth has not significantly warmed in the last 15 years. This evidence should put an end to the global warming alarmist scaremongering, but it doesn’t. There are still many websites that don’t even mention this evidence and proclaim the Earth is still warming. So who is right, who are we to believe, who is lying here?

Supposedly now I have just checked, it was Phil Jones the guy behind the Climategate scandal, he said it on the BBC. Now surely this should be headline news on all websites, yet it isn’t and this is one of the reasons I have always found the warmist argument strange, as if they are hiding something, like the guilty fat kid caught with his hands in the cookie jar and he has a cookie hidden behind his back. When his mother asks what he is hiding he says nothing at all.

So what can we conclude from all of this? It’s hard to say; really it is something that can be looked at both ways. If you are a global warming alarmist you can say well even though it is statistically insignificant it is still warming and it is still happening. And if you are for the opposite view, then you can say, that the mere insignificance of the data shows that it cannot be a manmade issue, and that it is just a natural variation in the Earth mean temperature.

The biggest gripe I have is the alarmist attitude, the things that supposedly should have been happening or were about to happen were deliberately exaggerated, and so that is why so many people are now sick of the whole global warming debacle. As I said before if they had just been honest from the outset things might have been different.

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