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"Weirding" Our Sanity and Democracy

Don12334 Wrote: Sep 15, 2012 12:25 PM
Has there been a definitive work researching the basis for those who claim that the increase in trace green house gas, carbon dioxide, is THE primary basis for “global warming or “climate change”? Such a dissertation, irrefutable and totally clear to scientist and layman alike, is essential if we ever to put aside once and for all these absurd claims, and get back restoring our energy independence by development of the abundance of fossil fuel available to us and to the rest of the world. Many of today’s academic scientists start from that presumption – that the increase in this gas due to the use of fossil fuels is the primary culprit and a totally decided fact – and, along with their political cohorts with their ulterior motives, mov
firetoice Wrote: Sep 15, 2012 1:40 PM
No, there is no such definitive work, nor is there likely to be one anytime soon. To paraphrase former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: There are many known unknowns; and, an unknown number of unknown unknowns.

Pick up any 40-year-old science textbook – on chemistry, biology, geology, physics, astronomy or medicine – and you’ll find a slew of “facts” and theories that have been proven wrong or are no longer the “consensus” view. Climatology is no exception.

Back in the 1970s, many scientists warned of global cooling – and fretted that a new ice age brought on by fossil fuel use would cause glaciers to expand, wreaking havoc. They predicted every conceivable disaster, short of roving herds of wooly mammoths stampeding through ice-covered streets. (The possibility of cloning a well-preserved mammoth could buttress the next...