Response to Another Brainwashed, Poorly Thought-Out, Anti-Environmental Website

The site (I can’t even justify linking the site) is an anti-climate change and anti-environmental website similar to (sponsored by Fox News, of course) that is so clearly manipulating and misinterpreting it’s data that you can’t help but laugh as you read through it. As I’ve seen more and more of these types of websites, it’s amazing how similar their arguments are. They tend to make fun of people rather than actually supporting an argument with facts. They try to undermine a person’s credibility rather than presenting credible data to contradict them. They pick and choose facts to support their arguments without putting them in context or telling you the whole story. As a start, the most common attempt at debunking climate change is the “natural variation” argument, that there has always been a natural cycle and isn’t out of the ordinary. The flaw in this argument is that they always look back only a few thousand years. Just a cursory glance at the graph from the EPA above, over 400 thousand years, makes it painfully obvious that we are far beyond any “natural fluctuation” in our current CO2 emissions.  And although CO2 is only one of the many greenhouse gases, as far as scientists can tell it is the one that humans are most responsible for and can be attributed to climate change. I urge the naysayers to look at data concerning global warming with an open, scientifically oriented mind and I urge hard core environmentalists to avoid manipulating data to make points, no matter how important. It undermines the credibility of our arguments.

This is my response to it’s post calling John Ashton hypocritical for flying to other countries to persuade them to decrease their CO2 use:

You’re looking at this very one-sidedly. In order to educate others and spread the message of conservation and climate change, resources must be utilized. By criticizing Gore for his flights and his family home’s energy use and Ashton for his flights to persuade others to decrease CO2 emissions, you are highlighting your lack of understanding in the process of change. At this point, we must conserve where we can, yet current systems force us to use resources as a means to an end. Eventually there will be better, less energy-intensive methods of travel and doing this type of work, but at this time, flying to destinations to educate and bargain are their only options.
Reading through your site and your “ten myths of global warming”, it is obvious that you are being led by anti-environmentalist propaganda and have a poor grasp of many concepts. The statements in your “myths” are as warped as some extremist environmentalist claims. It is true and unfortunate that scare-mongering and distortion of data is occurring on the environmentalist front as well, which does undermine credibility at times and opens the movement to your type of poorly thought out criticism.
In general, however, the preponderance of scientific data shows that human activity on this planet is causing climate change and unless we act, we can look forward to unprecedented natural disasters and human suffering. If we step back, and with an open mind, look at the data that has been collected this is an inevitable conclusion. Nothing can be said 100% certainty and we know that models are flawed and need to be constantly revised as new data is recorded, but to ignore the threat just because we cannot “prove” some of these extrapolated theories is utter stupidity. We as humans need to act upon our best research in order to prevent widespread disaster, energy shortages, famine, floods and droughts. Instead of being part of the problem, you could be a part of the solution. I urge you to educate yourself on both the strengths and flaws involved with scientific method, avoid political entanglements, and take an objective, unbiased look at the data at hand and your opinion will surely change.

8 Responses to “Response to Another Brainwashed, Poorly Thought-Out, Anti-Environmental Website”

  1. theseep Says:

    Again, this is just one of many scientists. It is good to question dogma and challenge what is now held as true. What I’m saying is that there is a consensus of scientists that have reviewed the data, questioned the models, and concluded that climate change IS happening and the most likely culprit is the CO2 produced by mankind. It is universally recognized by these scientists that other factors are at play (such as methane escaping from thawing tundras and we are indeed in the midst of a natural upswing as well) and we have much to learn. However, it is extraordinarily short sighted to latch on to a few people who happen to support the side that you’ve been told to support. Broaden your base of information and keep an open mind and you should recognize that the crisis is real.

  2. dgeering Says:

    there are clear distinctions between pro and anti on this issue.opinions are varied,why?
    hypothesis presented as theories,then promoted as facts cannot do anything but raise sceptiscm.
    if the pro warmers openly discussed rationally with the anti warmers,we may eventually reach a consensus,name calling limits this possibility,it does come from both sides,i must say though, the the pro warmers increasingly use this as a method of does’nt help.also reducing the argument and then presenting as though it is law weakens the case.don’t use politicians,we all know why.
    use the proper experts from all sides,treat the opposite arguments with respect,move the debate forward,we do not need knee jerk science.lets get to the real proven inclusive debate.if one does’nt exist,lets start one.
    cut the hype,you only damage your case.
    we the people want to help,don’t try to fool us though.we can see through it.

  3. theseep Says:

    The discussion that you speak of has already been done and the vast majority of climate scientists have concluded that global warming is indeed occurring and the preponderance of the evidence shows that this is a phenomenon caused by the actions of humans on the planet.
    This is not “knee jerk” science, the data has been compiled over decades, models have been reviewed and revised, and peer reviewed. You are correct, however, in that politics and big business needs to be taken out of the argument.
    There is no hype, there is no attempt to fool you, there is simply an ongoing scientific investigation into climate change, it’s causes, and it’s projected consequences. Any ongoing scientific research and findings will be added to the pool of knowledge, and future models, research, and predictions will be based upon it. Further discussion will ensue and we will slowly increase our knowledge and understanding of climate change. However, at this moment, taking all of the data that we have, the best climate scientists, and the best computer models, there is no way to reasonably refute that global warming is happening, it is caused by humans burning fossil fuels, and it will have dire consequences. If you understand how scientific research is conducted and theories are developed, you should understand why many of the theories on climate change are reported as “fact” – because it’s as close to the truth as we can tell with what we currently know. To ignore what we know because there are still questions and the story is not “complete” is pure idiocy, will delay our response to climate change, leading to what is projected to be a series of the greatest human and global disasters that the world has ever known.

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