Climate Change Deniers

The scientific community is in near unanimous agreement on the issue of human-caused climate change: so much so, that there is not a single serious scientific journal which will now publish a paper denying human-caused climate change, since it is viewed by the scientific community that the debate is over, considering the mountain of evidence – just as we no longer have articles published in serious scientific journals stating that Copernicus was wrong, or that the earth is indeed flat. There are a handful of scientists who claim that human-caused climate change is a hoax, but virtually all of them have been shown to be on the payroll of Exxon-Mobil or some other fossil fuel company.

And here is a good question to ask ourselves: whose opinion do I respect more: that of Stephen Hawking, Greenpeace and David Suzuki, and the 99% of world scientists, along with every serious scientific journal, or the handful of climate change deniers – who only form a slim majority of the populace in the most heavily propagandized nation on earth: the United States, where six corporations control 80% of the media.

There is no majority rule for truth. Truth is truth even when the truth is unpopular, and even when the majority believe otherwise. But in this case, the evidence seems abundantly clear, and both the majority of people world-wide, as well as the overwhelming majority of scientists, now realize it, and are agreed: climate change is real, it is happening now, it is the single greatest threat to humankind, and, if left unchecked, will likely cause the extinction of our species by as early as 2050: and human activity – particularly the burning of fossil fuels – is the major cause.

Even if there is some slight chance that 99% of the world’s scientists are wrong, then we should still take the precautionary principle, and move away from burning fossil fuels, and toward renewable energy. If we were wrong, then we will have eliminated the primary source of smog and air pollution, so this would be a good thing in any case; and if we are right, then we will have averted a global cataclysm, and have effectively dealt with what Stephen Hawking has called the single greatest threat to humankind, absolutely dwarfing terrorism, for example.

Canada’s leading environmentalist, scientist and geneticist David Suzuki, the person voted by Canadians in a recent poll as the most trusted of Canadians, summed it up concisely:

“We could pretend global warming isn’t happening, or that humans aren’t a factor if it is. That would be crazy in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, but even if it weren’t, there would still be no reason to continue down the road we’re on. Energy is at the heart of modern society’s needs, but when the source is finite, it seems folly to be hell-bent on using it up in a few generations, leaving the problems of depletion and pollution to our children and grandchildren. The longer we delay implementing solutions to our energy challenges the more costly and difficult it will be when we have to face the inevitable.”

– David Suzuki, Climate Change Denial Has Nothing To Do With Science, or Skepticism, For That Matter, David Suzuki Foundation, Science Matters, March 12, 2012

In any case, action on climate change, and a shift from fossil fuels to clean, green, renewable energy, is not only the intelligent, and prudent path, but from all the evidence available, and everything that we know, the only ethical, or sane option.

J. Todd Ring,

September 23, 2015

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