Friday, August 30, 2013

NPR, Are You Feeling Alright?

In a complete 180, NPR is bucking their almost dictatorial left leaning bent, and reports that there may be skepticism, and maybe even a little uncertainty in the global warming/climate change debate. Long story short, scientist Judith Curry doesn't believe there is definitive proof that humans are causing climate change.

Something I learned from my wife, without a doubt one of the smartest people I know, is that admitting that there are things we don't know is a sign of not just intelligence, but of a truly scientific mind, and Ms. Curry does just that:

"Her philosophy, then and now, is that if climate scientists would more readily acknowledge the uncertainties inherent in the issue, skeptics would more likely accept the well-established central tenets of global warming."

Listen, or rather, read, I don't want to give the impression that I'm a climate change denier; I think it's pretty obvious there is something fishy going on. What I don't totally buy is that people are to blame. Part of that stems from me not being a climate scientist. The other part stems from simply not being to stand the deification of climate change preachers and their legion of fact-hating supporters.

We don't want to harp on right vs left politicking, because obviously the issue is quite polarizing with neither side offering much of value. But seeing this supposed blasphemy has me a little riled up, albeit in a good way. It's very refreshing to read something stating the obvious, with regards to the causes of global warming: we just don't know for sure.

But then get this, seriously, NPR published a report that explicitly states, "the Earth's average temperature hasn't increased in the last 15 years".

Sample size, blah blah blah, the general warming trend, just that fact that NPR can publish that specific, unique string of letters into a sentence, is quite surprising to me.

Anyway, check out the links before they get "scientifically and ideologically revised" into lockstep world-heating paranoia!

Happy Labor Day!

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