Whoa – That Was Weird

A few months ago, I opined about the whole global warming issue in this post. I sub-divided the big picture into 5 smaller questions:

1. Is it real? (Yes.)

2. Is it caused by human activity? (Yes.)

3. Is it bad? (Yes.)

4. Can we fix it? (Yes.)

5. How/when should we fix it? (Soon.)

Then, yesterday, I watched a very thought-provoking presentation on Larry Lessig’s blog about why taxpayers should fund election campaigns. You can go watch it, but beware, it’s about 40 minutes long.

The spooky part was that in the section where he talks about Al Gore’s campaign against global warming, he shows this quote:

lessig-goreI have never seen An Inconvenient Truth.  But if you switch points 4 and 5, I duplicated Mr. Gore’s asssessment of the climate change situation almost verbatim. As I said in my last post, just drop by the Nobel Prize any day next week.

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3 Responses to “Whoa – That Was Weird”

  1. Fred Says:

    isn’t nice when “samrt” people mirror your thoughts 🙂

    I personally think the environmental campaign would have a great deal more credibility without claiming certainty on items 1 and 2. While I believe there is significant evidence supporting both claims, they are still very far from “proven facts”. They are at best hypotheses supported by significant amounts of data. I do not believe we even begin to understand the large scale, long term patterns of our planet’s climate, and and scientist who claims otherwise damages their own credibility.

    (as for Al Gore, he is a great example of how a politician can turn their image around by attaching themselves to the right movement)

  2. Stephen Brooks Says:

    Perhaps Fred is right – evidence that the ice in Greenland is deepening: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/12/30/the-ice-in-greenland-is-growing/

  3. Fred Says:

    The thing is, severe winter weather, thickening of ice in some areas, etc. MAY be a sign of global warming – my point is that there are so many parameters, so many variables, that anyone who claims to be able to say with certainty what the trend will produce in 50 years, or 100 (or even 10) is lying or delusional.


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