How often do you see a big documentary on Global Warming on TV now-a-days? Sure, the nightly news often mentions global warming when it runs stories on hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and other extreme weather events, or when it does stories on habitat changes for animals, plants and insects, but you seldom see big documentaries about climate warming anymore. Nor is climate change a hot political issue for the presidential elections. Obama hasn’t made it an issue, and when climate change does come up in Congress or State Capitols it’s often by politicians suppressing climate change data or bills, or even writing laws against collecting climate data.
Read these articles to see what I mean:
- Climate-change deniers winning long-term fight
- Climate “Deniers” Winning the War
- Key Components of the Climate Change Denial Machine
- Besieged by Climate Deniers, A Scientist Decides to Fight Back
- The Dirty Dozen of Climate Change Denial
- Climate Cover-Up
- Climategate: What Really Happened?
- The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science
- What Exxon doesn’t want you to know
- Right-Wing Climate Denier Strategizes To Smear Wind Energy
- Climate Deniers Are Giving Us Skeptics a Bad Name
- Climate scientists not cowed by relentless climate change deniers
- World Climate Report
Are the climate change deniers and skeptical scientists right? Do we have nothing to fear from global warming? Or are they complete deniers of reality and have built a political Maginot Line to convince the American public we’re all safe from the global warming threat?
Many of the reports above are from writers attacking the idea of global warming and climate change. They consider themselves fighting fear mongers.
Now you can read for yourself the reports about the climate from NOAA – State of the Climate. This ain’t light reading and you have to concentrate on the data, charts and graphs. If you search the web you can find reports from other agencies and countries. On one hand you have the scientists studying the data, and on the other hand people, including some scientists, but mostly right-wing activists who say the data is all wrong, deceptive or incomplete.
Who do you believe? The folks you want to believe? Doesn’t that make us all reality deniers?
We spend untold billions on defense because we fear attacks on the United States. If global warming is the threat scientists say it is, it’s more of a security threat than we’ve ever faced by any war. We have a long history of going all paranoia over reds, but why greens? Some people even believe the greens are the new reds. But the greens are trying to protect America, but the public doesn’t want to believe that.
There is something deeply psychological going on here and I don’t know what it is.
If everyone is sticking their heads in the sand, what do you do? If the collective says, “Let’s pretend nothing is happening, and it will all go away,” what do you do?
If you look at the climate history charts, the scientists appear to be right, so how long do we keep looking at the data and seeing it relate to reality before everyone with their heads in the sand and their butts in the air start thinking, “Hey, my ass is on fire!”
To tell the truth, I’m starting to wonder if there’s a huge scientific reality to denying. That’s it’s part of human nature. That no matter how bad things get, the deniers will keep denying global warming, and finding reasons to think things are okay. That denying reality is MUCH bigger than science. That if I read enough history I’d find that the deniers have always won the war on denying.
Or is it simply, to conservatives liberals always have to be wrong, no matter what, and on every subject.
JWH – 7/11/12