A Climate Scientist’s Guide to Lying and Arguing
Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said that “a lie can get half way around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Well, after watching both An Inconvenient Truth and The Great Global Warming Swindle, I believe that we have found a lie that has encircled the earth many times and the truth doesn’t even realize it.
Now, I have one question. Which group is lying? Both groups provide many conflicting facts that seem to be correct, but if you take time to look at them, you can realize that these facts can be blatant lies. Unfortunately, most people are too lazy to actually find which group is better and more truthful. So these people choose a side and blindly follow that side, hoping that they’re right.
However, I do not only wish to talk about lying. I also wish to talk about the human’s primal urge to fight. For every possibility, there is someone who comes up and says “NO,” someone who just enjoys being somewhat of a devil’s advocate. And unfortunately, others will then join in the fight. This dynamic is especially clear in An Inconvenient Truth and The Great Global Warming Swindle and the issue of global warming in general. Both movies are fighting over the fact about whether or not global warming is anthropogenic. Because of movies like these and the media in general, you have people taking sides and fighting. Meanwhile, nearly everyone does acknowledge the fact that global warming does exist, but no one seems to care. People seem to care whether or not we started it, wondering if we should take responsibility. It seems like we are just fighting and ignoring what we’re fighting over. Meanwhile, we still have the problem of global warming looming above us and no one paying attention.
So long story short, number one, people need to start paying attention to the current and future physical (NOT political) situation of the world, because otherwise we are going to make ourselves look quite foolish. And number two, (the more important of the two) as of right now, we need to pay less attention to whether or not global warming is anthropogenic and instead start thinking about what we can do to stop it, along with possibly save all of our lives. That minor detail could be kind of important. To end the end, I have a couple of simple questions.
Who’s right? Who cares?