I get a lot of visitors to The Bullshit Observer from people who type "global warming bullshit" into their favorite search engine. The way the search engine algorithm works is thusly: since the name of the blog is "Bullshit Observer" and I write about the man made environmental disaster known as "Global Warming" and all the controversy surrounding it, I am on the first page of results. There are not many people competing for that particular search term, obviously.
These visitors are among a small group of people out there (and maybe you're one of them) combing the Web, looking for proof that perhaps this "Climate Change Crap" has all been simply the biggest hoax in the history of man or that perhaps the human race is more conscientious objector than primary cause for the change in climate and the mass extinction.
Let's hear from one of these people, shall we:
"It's bad enough when radicals predict our planet is doomed, but when EPA or United Nation leaders conspire with Al Gore's prediction that we have a "climate crisis" with just 10 years to save the earth, I can't help but remember that he's the man who said he invented the Internet, and is becoming one of the richest individuals in the nation selling carbon offsets."
Since 99.76% of all scientists (97.5% of all publishing climatologists) believe that there is a massive climate shift and that humans are to blame for it, we can only assume that these are the "radicals" that this person is referring to. Apparently the exercise of gathering factual evidence to support a hypothesis and then putting your research up for analysis by the entire scientific community to see if it holds up to scrutiny... that's a conspiracy. Putting many bodies of this work together and packing it into a big movie so that we might MIGHT get the human population's attention with this problem, that's just part of the conspiracy. And coming together as nations to discuss what we can all do (and *sigh* never actually agreeing to much) to slow the effects of this corrective mechanism, that's just part of the big conspiracy.
What we really need to do is listen to the Prime Minister of Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, and see what he has to say. He seems to be the best known climate change denier.
Interesting to note that the majority of the minuscule number of scientists who disagree with the "Humans are fucking everything up" theory come from the "General Sciences" and "Engineering Sciences" categories of this vast field. Biologists, Mathematicians, and Atmospheric/Environmental scientists are far more aligned with the "human factors" theory.
Here's a great graphic that puts the arguments for and against climate change side by side.
I wonder what the people within the climate change consensus are motivated by? They have a collective dislike for the actions of their own species? These scientists, world leaders, and environmentalists all hate capitalism? I mean, why would this conspiracy exist in the first place, I can't figure it out? Furthermore, how could they possibly have gotten this far if the evidence is inconclusive? How could they have spread this belief so widely?
The motivation of the climate change deniers is far more easy to explain. They are either resistant to change and pro-business (meaning pro-consumption) or well-compensated by people who are those things. Example: Exxon is the worlds richest company and has every incentive to debunk the theory. In fact, they have made considerable efforts to do so. There's no telling who's on their payroll and yet the overwhelming majority of people still believe that global climate change is a-coming.