Posted: 02/25/14 18:08
by Dave Mindeman
Charles Krauthammer is an intelligent conservative columnist. He writes fantastic columns and he articulates his positions well. But his latest column on the subject of climate change is a bit desperate in trying to explain climate denier mentality.
It's not a sin to question the 'facts' of climate change
He is right....it is NOT a sin - but to be blunt, it IS stupid.
Krauthammer tries to use the essence of scientific method (questioning and reaffirming facts) as an explanation of what the climate deniers are doing.
Well, sorry, scientific method is not being used.
You can't deny the facts of climate change by simply postulating opposition theories. You need data to do that. Climate deniers look for flaws, inconsistencies, and coincidence to question climate science. They offer no pure evidence that supports their criticism.
And it is not like actual climate scientists don't make adjustments to what they find. When the data requires a change in thinking they do it. But the overarching ideas of climate change are globally accepted.
Just because business and conservatives do not want to accept the changes needed to slow this process, doesn't mean you can simply pronounce it all wrong and make it go away.
We owe it to future generations to fix this - to save the plant for their use. We are only borrowing this planet from them and we are expected to be good stewards of that loan.
Climate deniers may not be sinning, but they are actually doing much worse.....obstructing needed change.