Posted by Tim Stobbs on December 4, 2009
So unless you managed to miss the news for a while you are likely read something on those emails about manipulating data on climate change. All I have to say is: finally!
Yes, I’m actually happy about this entire thing because it proves one very important fact. The scientists need to be objective and to date not all of them have been. I’ve mentioned before to various people that even if people have some good questions about climate change, it’s been near to impossible to have a rationally conversation on the topic with anyone.
We’ve changed climate change from a topic to a near religion so people are no longer thinking but rather just feeling. It is as if someone walked into a catholic church and asked “Um, so why are you all kneeing before a some guy getting tortured? Isn’t that a bit gross?” The question might be completely innocent, but a lot of people would fly off the handle rather than discuss the question with the person and try to understand their point of view.
So perhaps now we can ask some questions like:
- How can you really model the entire planet atmosphere well? I mean if you could do it really good why can’t we predict the weather? If not, then how much of an error is there to your predictions?
- Why can’t we use geo-engineered solutions like putting sulphur compounds in the upper atmosphere or building cloud making ships, if they buy us some time to reduce carbon emissions over a longer term? We’ve already altered the atmosphere with CO2, why not try clouds? If we are wrong we can shut it off.
How about you? What questions would you ask know if we can hopefully all talk about this a bit more?