Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Al Gore, the Archbishop of Climate Change?

Last night I watched the Guardian's interview with Al Gore, referred to here. I have to admit it was tough going.

What struck me about Al Gore's answers to several questions was that he prefaced a statement with the words "I believe that. . ."

Now what is wrong with that?

Well, he could just as easily have said "I have looked at the scientific evidence and I am drawn to the conclusion that. . ."

There is is difference here in the way the information is presented.

Many commentators have likened global warming to a religion, a belief system that goes beyond reasoned thinking that ultimately cannot conceive that there might be a different answer to fundamental questions.

If this is the case, then Gore could qualify to be the Archbishop of Climate Change!

4 Comments:

Blogger John said...

Well the weather is obviously freaking out, but a.) we wont see 100 years of global warming and b.) humans have nothing to do with it, c.) neither has religion. If you want to find out what's really going on, you should read this:http://www.signs-of-the-times.org/articles/show/125454-Fire+and+Ice%3A+The+Day+After+Tomorrow
Peace John

3:15 PM  
Blogger Focalplane said...

Thanks John, for your comment! Though I am not that sure of your statement that the "weather is obviously freaking out". From a geologist's perspective there is nothing strange going on that hasn't happened at some time in the past 100,000 years!

7:24 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hi focalplane,
In absolute terms your statement may be right. I don't know if you have kids? I do and therefore I am concerned about climate changes in the very near future.
I am sure you will agree that there have happened rather severe catastrophes in the last 100,000 you may not want to be stuck in unprepared or with no understanding as to what is happening to you. You may find this article (concerning cyclical cataclysms) very informative. Lots of newly connected dots..."Forget About Global Warming: We're One Step From Extinction!" at http://tinyurl.com/2wsj9a
Cheers John

3:39 PM  
Blogger Focalplane said...

Yes, extinction is always a possibility. It is interesting that genetic evidence shows that homo sapiense was very nearly wiped out by the Toba Volcanic explosion 75,000 years ago. There may have been as few as 1,000 mating pairs left as the planet's climate was severely modified (cooled) by the dust clouds

8:05 PM  

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