Where I Stand on Climate Change
Let’s get this out of the way…
I don’t believe in Anthropogenic Climate Change (or just Climate Change).
It shouldn’t be. The reason I don’t believe in Climate Change is because I don’t need to believe in a scientific theory. Actually, no one needs to believe in a scientific theory. Just look at the meaning of believe:
To have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so (from Dictionary.com).
I accept the scientific theory of Climate Change, and why shouldn’t I? It’s one of the most supported (by observations, measurements and experiments) scientific theories out there. To not accept it would not only be counter-intuitive, but also counter-survival, and just plain primitive.
Let examine the rationale for not accepting the theory of Climate Change. Okay, I was teasing, there isn’t any rationale for this. The overwhelming majority of people who don’t accept the theory don’t understand the theory. That’s okay, but most of the people who DO accept the theory don’t understand it either. And just saying “as mankind puts more CO2 into the atmosphere, the temperature rises”, isn’t understanding it anymore than saying “plate tectonics causes earthquakes”.
But it’s okay to not understand the theory. There are MANY, MANY things that we accept, despite the fact we don’t understand it. And there are also MANY things we ALL accept (well, all but a tiny minority), despite the fact that most of us don’t understand it. Just a few of these are:
- Why the sky is blue
- The planets’ rotation about the sun (and the rotation of the moon around its planet)
- Newton’s Laws of Motion
- Thermodynamics (trust me, you live by this, even if you don’t remember learning it)
- Gravity (especially Dr. Ben Carson)
So, there are all of these theories that we accept and live by, even though we don’t understand them. So why should Climate Change be any different?