I thought that The way the Ball bounces: The Mother of All Cherries was a great summary of the problems with the global warming debate. I encourage you to read it all, but here are a few highlights:
AGW alarmism vs. skepticism is not about science vs. non-science; or science vs. religion; it is about sound science vs. unsound science. It is about what definite conclusions (and far-reaching actions) are warranted by the data vs. unwarranted.
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And a lot of ancillary things — like the popular use of metaphor such as “the earth has a fever” and “the planet is on fire” to advance the AGW cause — which is one reason I “cherry-pick” weather events to poke fun at the AGW messengers — especially when events don’t go according to script. But, unlike AGW alarmists, I use the cherry-picked weather events for satirical, as opposed to scientific, or pecuniary (hello Al Gore), purposes. This flies over the heads of AGW fundamentalists — even when I point out this is what I am doing they still go nuts. (While their side, of course, continues to cherry-pick weather events when it suits them — e.g., the iconic image of the stranded polar bear, and Katrina, the mother-of-all-cherries).
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And, of course, the fact that scientists that don’t get on board the AGW ship are censured and lose funding, while those who are on board are awarded millions, resulting in skewed, built-in incentives to crank the alarmist message ever higher in the darwinian quest for continued funding — an inconvenient truth, I’m sure.
And a generally compliant media because “scientists have spoken” and Madonna and Sir Richard are on-board.
And the AGW fundamentalist who thinks an important part of the solution is keeping African communities without electricity because, trust me, they’re better off and happier without it.
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And what I regard as the sheer and utter hubris of mankind thinking that he alone is the cause of climate change and that he has the power to control the climate.
And the dangerous sub-text to all of this: world governance controlling populations and individuals in the name of urgent necessity.