SEARCH BLOG: CLIMATE or POLITICALLY CORRECT
Yesterday I talked about how euphemisms are used to make a contentious position seem reasonable. There is another phenomenon used by special interest groups to gain political strength: using contentious language to make reasonable actions seem deficient and derelict. To wit:
It seems that mere "climate change" was not going to be bad enough, and so now it must be "catastrophic" to be worthy of attention.
The increasing use of this pejorative term - and its bedfellow qualifiers "chaotic", "irreversible", "rapid" - has altered the public discourse around climate change.
This discourse is now characterised by phrases such as "climate change is worse than we thought", that we are approaching "irreversible tipping in the Earth's climate", and that we are "at the point of no return".
I am no great follower of the disciples of human-caused global warming (climate change) although I readily accept human-caused environomental change. That puts me in a distinct minority. Recently I wrote one reason why:
Other reasons include a generally:
The following chart from Dr. Christopher R. Scotese shows the trend ending at the current estimated average temperature of earth (arrow is pointing to it if you can't read the chart).
It may interest you to know that California has passed climate control legislation and is suing automobile manufacturers for having products that produce carbon dioxide and cause global warming.
I see a couple of points:
- We are presently at the lower end of the temperature range (which fluctuates naturally throughout earth's geological past)
- Change has happened quickly in the past without the aid of automobiles
- incomplete understanding of earth's weather versus climate system (or even just the weather system)
- incomplete understanding of earth eco-system and its capacities to self-regulate
- incomplete understanding of extraterrestrial (yes... external to earth) phenomenon that affect both weather and climate (such as the sun's influence and how to predict what that will be)
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