Saturday, March 20, 2010

Climate change is more complex than global warming--Willful ignorance aside.

There's a good reason why all the climate change deniers refuse to see human-made climatic change as real..instead they prefer to focus on "global warming" as their whipping boy.

By focusing on one extreme (global warming), it's easier to discount the impact human activity has on the climate as a whole.  Rather than seeing the entire weather system as a whole and see the impact on climatic variability as the real issue, their cherry-picking of anthropogenic global warming becomes the easier straw man to tear down.

I've recently been in an argument with a bunch of deniers who, instead of examining the premise of increasing climatic variability (which is the real issue...) they prefer to couch their arguments in terms of global warming ONLY.  Why would they do that instead of examining all the evidence?

As anyone who studies vast complex systems will attest:  You cannot ignore the resiliency of the system, nor can you over-simplify the system and still have the capacity to understand it to the degree necessary to talk about it intelligently.

Climate is one of the most complicated systems we know of.  Reducing it to one aspect (global warming) while specifically ignoring the other aspects (variability and climatic swing intensification) is to deliberately and willfully violate Occam's Razor--which means these idiots are distorting the facts for some agenda. 

Why else would they choose to ignore ALL the evidence and ALL the facts and focus on only one area of climate research--to the exclusion of the entire body of work--UNLESS they cannot face the facts or cannot offer anything substantive against ALL the evidence?

I'm reminded of Benjamin Franklin's quote: "We are all born ignorant, but we must work really hard to remain stupid."

These characters remind me of Ron White's quote: "You can't argue with stupid."


Anonymous said...

But.... isnt Global Warming the result of the impact the humans have had on the earth? The hole in the Ozone layer didnt get there by itself... it had to have some help. The things WE do caused the hole... and the things WE do can put it back in line. If we stop... or at least slow down... on the things that make that hole get biggger, then the Ozone layer can repair itself. Right?

Tim Rauhoff said...

My issue has been primarily on the climatic pendulum swings getting ever more dramatic.

The more extreme the climate swings the more the resiliency is stressed.

I prefer nuance to lies and have become exhausted with the intentional distortions the boneheads I referred to in the post engage in--all to ignore the reality that's staring us all in the face.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh... okay I see what you mean. Even the earth has its limits on what it can and cant do. Eventually, the "swinging" will get out of control, and the chances of survival are minimum when that happens.

I wonder where the boneheads get the idea that they can ignore the facts? Science has always told us exactly whats wrong, and whos fault it is.... I have yet to hear of anyone "finding" that humans have almost no direct link to global warming. Thats why there are people trying so hard to make the world a more "green" place. Ever since elementary school I have heard about the effect humans are having on the planet... how can you deny what has been scientifically proven?

Tim Rauhoff said...

It requires diligence to keep one's head stuck far up into one's backside...

Anonymous said...

Ones head up into his own backside? Sounds like it takes contortion too!