Which side of the GW fence are YOU on?

By: hcubed , 7:18 PM GMT on January 06, 2011

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The debate (argument, discussion, whatever), rages on.

Some think that the two sides are as simple as "believers in the science behind the theory of anthropogenic global warming" and, on the other side, "non-believers in the science behind the theory of anthropogenic global warming".

Yet it's deeper than that.

Several questions are lumped together in those "simple" statements.

1. Do you believe that the earth is warming, Yes or No.

If you answered yes, then you've seen the list of observations supporting a warming world. If you answered no, read more.

2. Is CO2 increasing, Yes or No.

If you answered yes, then you've seen the results from several respected sources. If you answered no, read more.

Now, however, the questions get harder.

3. Do you believe that ALL of the measured increase in CO2 is the result of man's usage of fossil fuels, Yes or No.

If you answered yes, you've got a problem. You have to believe that there are no other natural sources of CO2. You have to discount rotting plant life, naturally-caused forest fires, coal fires, and oil fires.

If you answered no, then you have a decent understanding of the carbon cycle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_cycle

Next question is actually a two part one.

4a. Do you believe that EVERY change in the earth's past temperatures were caused by varying changes in CO2 concetration, Yes or No,

and

4b. Do you believe that CURRENT changes in the earth's temperature are caused by varying changes in CO2 concetration, Yes or No.

The "believers" want us to accept that the current rise in the earth's temperature (about .8 degrees or so in the past 150 years), are caused ONLY by MAN'S usage of fossil fuels.

So on that idea, we'll ask another question.

5. Are there ANY natural processes that could cause changes in the earth's temperature BESIDES CO2, Yes or No.

And now the arguemment really starts.

They'll pull out the list. They'll cite the papers. They'll cut down anyone who even TRIES to show a natural cause for temperature changes.

It doesn't matter that these changes may have occurred before. They'll abuse the word "unprecedented". They need to read the definition of the word.

We'll help them out:

"...without previous instance; never before known or experienced; unexampled or unparalleled..."

So they try to clarify it with "...in recorded history..."

Narrows it down a bit, doesn't it?

So they have to increase the "recorded history" with proxies. Ice cores. Boreholes. Selected trees. Anything they can, in trying to tease out the past.

Nothing wrong there. But when they repeatedly cite selected proxies, ignore others, refuse to update the ones they have, or use results in ways that the original researchers didn't, they show a bias.

When they stall in releasing data so that other concerned scientists can check their results, they show their bias.

When they make "adjustments" to the data, and don't explain the reasoning behind the adjustments, they show their bias.

Bias.

You see, they exposed themselves in their original statement: belief or non-belief of anthropogenic global warming.

Anthropogenic. MAN-CAUSED. To them, there can be no other reason for global warming, or climate change, or climate disruption other than man's use of fossil fuels.

So do I believe in GW? Yes.

Do I believe that CO2 is increasing? Yes.

Do I believe that man should do what they can to reduce CO2? Yes.

But, because I don't believe that every single burp in the weather patterns are caused by man's usage of fossil fuels, I'll get labeled a denier.

Bottom line - if the choices are "believers in the science behind the theory of anthropogenic global warming" and, "non-believers in the science behind the theory of anthropogenic global warming", I can't claim either side.

Sorry.

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About hcubed

Living in Biloxi MS, have been here since '85 (first Hurricane was Elena).