From THE ECONOMIST: “Leaked climate-change e-mails Climategate, part two”, Nov 24th 2011, 8:55 by H.G.
“CLIMATE sceptics are jubilant. In a reprise of the run-up to the Copenhagen climate-change summit in 2009, a fresh batch of possibly compromising e-mails has been released on the eve of the latest round of UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa. "All your favorite Climategate characters are here, once again caught red-handed in a series of emails exaggerating the extent of Anthropogenic Global Warming, while privately admitting to one another that the evidence is nowhere near as a strong as they'd like it to be."
Don’t you love this: ”the evidence is nowhere near as a strong as they'd like it to be"?
When have you ever known a scientist to say the evidence is the evidence is “as a strong as they'd like it to be"? They are never satisfied! They are always searching for errors and points that need adjustment.
On the other hand, “Dr Watson thinks that nothing in the e-mails challenges the fact that the world has warmed significantly in the last 100 years and that this has most likely been caused by human beings spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”
OK – two possibilities: Either we are contributing to global warming, or we are not. We cannot say we are the “absolute cause”, because there is more than enough evidence to show warming and cooling are cyclical realities spanning thousand of millennia.
But we might be making global climate worse. Or, as critics argue, having no effect at all.
Does anyone refute that we are making it dirtier? Hence making the air denser to sunlight.
Does anyone refute that dirt makes things worse? Or that a dirty window has different light properties than a clean one?
So whatever we are doing, there is no rational doubt that we are affecting the environment in some way. Thus it falls to the doubter to PROVE that we are mitigating, or improving, the heating that would be part of the natural cycle. Just saying we aren’t making it worse – well, who gives a damn!
We know we are making the world dirtier and less healthy to our species. We need to correct that – if that means mitigating global warming, than gee wiz willy curs … guess we get a free benefit.
But look to those who dispute global warming – the same “MOST HARM TO MOST PEOPLE” group that opposes healthcare, taxes on rich, and shipping our jobs to foreign nations while borrowing all it can from whatever nation wants to own the United States.