Confessions Of A Former Climate Change Skeptic

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I’ve been watching and studying the climate change argument for years.  For many of those years, I did not want to admit it was happening.    At least I didn’t want to admit that human activity might be playing a role in climate change, that one day we’d wake up and it would all have been a monster miscalculation followed by a group denial by the world’s top climate scientists that they’d screwed up, it was all a mistake, and everything was going to be okay after all.

I have an uncomfortable feeling that some, or perhaps many of those who continue denying the reality of climate change, are also regular viewers of FOX News.  I am not.

However, for many years, I was a borderline climate change denier, straddling the fence on the issue until more and better information became available.   Then, three or four years ago the evidence become so credible, voluminous and visible and the business-supported push against that same evidence became so transparent, that I could no longer deny the truth.  Global climate change is happening and all the pollutants we continue dumping into the atmosphere are playing a role.

It’s so much easier to tell yourself that everything is going to be just fine, in spite of satellite photos showing the ice caps, glaciers and ice sheets melting away as global temperatures continue to rise while deniers continue confusing global climate change with local or regional weather patterns.

In his article “Eight Pseudoscientific Climate Claims Debunked By Real Scientists,” Bill Moyers has put together what may be the best refutation I’ve seen of what the climate change deniers continue to say.    As Moyers puts it, “…there’s a more sophisticated set of climate “skeptics” who make arguments that, at least to the lay ear, sound like they’re grounded in scientific evidence. And because most of us lack the background to evaluate their claims, they can muddy the waters around an issue that’s been settled in the scientific community.”

There it is.   The issue has “been settled in the scientific community.”   Moyers article should be required reading for anyone who thinks it has not.   Click here, or on the article’s title above, to read the entire piece.

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