Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Global Warming Petition

I remain a skeptic of global warming. It's kind of like my perspective on religion: I don't know if there's a god, and no one else does either. The only difference is that, if I spent thousands of hours studying, perhaps I might establish a credible and solid perspective on global warming.

I doubt this though, only because the amount of data we have in regard to the history of the world's climate is almost non-existent in respect to the age of the Earth. The Earth has experienced changes in the climate well before the industrial revolution, and will probably continue to do so.

If I'm wrong, I'm ok with that. Most people who support and promote the idea that we're destroying our planet through the release of carbon dioxide almost always follow with a solution that involves bigger government and less freedom. It almost makes one think that government is the solution to pollution when government subsidized enterprises (and government itself) are always the largest polluters.

So, instead of supporting the entities which do the most harm to the environment while falsely assuming they will fix a problem that may or may not exist, I'd rather be wrong about climate change while supporting individual freedom and do my best to take care of and take responsibility for the environment I interact with.

I found the following online petition: Global Warming Petition Project. Close to 32,000 scientists have signed this petition which advises there is no convincing evidence global warming exists. The following is the purpose of the petition:
The purpose of the Petition Project is to demonstrate that the claim of “settled science” and an overwhelming “consensus” in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climatological damage is wrong. No such consensus or settled science exists. As indicated by the petition text and signatory list, a very large number of American scientists reject this hypothesis.

Publicists at the United Nations, Mr. Al Gore, and their supporters frequently claim that only a few “skeptics” remain – skeptics who are still unconvinced about the existence of a catastrophic human-caused global warming emergency.

It is evident that 31,478 Americans with university degrees in science – including 9,029 PhDs, are not "a few." Moreover, from the clear and strong petition statement that they have signed, it is evident that these 31,478 American scientists are not “skeptics.”

These scientists are instead convinced that the human-caused global warming hypothesis is without scientific validity and that government action on the basis of this hypothesis would unnecessarily and counterproductively damage both human prosperity and the natural environment of the Earth.
While I might simply be a skeptic, these individuals carry a bit more credibility.


Christopher said...

I don't think Gore and David Suzuki were referring to those with "science degrees and phds in science", Josh. I think they were referring to professsional climatologists, earth scientists, geologists, and the like.


Josh said...

Not sure what fox news has to do with this, and I'm not sure you read the post correctly.

Christopher said...

My point is that they don't hold credibility. Only the climatologists and the like hold credibility. Just because a crazy libertarian biologist thinks global warming is a crock does not mean he or she has authority.