Our latest story on EcoWorld concerns global warming. It’s only with some trepidation we post stories questioning the conventional wisdom about global warming – regarding either the cause or the eventual severity. EcoWorld has posted numerous feature stories with contrarian perspectives; Recycling, DDT, Nuclear Power, and GMO’s, to name some. In those articles points were raised that we stand behind. These issues are not beyond debate.
Global warming, however, is an issue so complex, so cataclysmic, and so interrelated with other political battles, that it almost seems best to leave it alone – go with the conventional wisdom.
The author we commissioned to write this story claims to have done his research with no bias, and his best guess as to the cause of global warming is probably that the sun – which fluctuates in output – is simply entering a hotter phase. What blasphemy!
In every attempt we made to learn more about this touchy subject, the experts we contacted claimed we wouldn’t really be able to understand this issue – that you had to be a climatologist, or a meteorologist or atmospheric scientist. But as our story documents, no fewer than 18,000 scientific experts have disputed the contention that human industrial activity is the cause of global warming, in the Oregon Petition, signed in 2001.
It is also interesting that repeatedly we were told by the experts, when we brought up points thoughtfully presented by Michael Crichton in his book “State of Fear” – challenging the contention that C02 is causing global warming – that “Mr. Crichton is not a climatologist.” First of all, this sort of condescension avoids having to answer the questions Crichton raises, but more importantly, this sort of criticism seems to be terribly selective. Very few of the media commentators, politicians or book authors who claim humans are causing global warming are climatologists – all of them are simply repeating what they’ve been told.
Click here to read our latest feature “Global Warming,” by Ed Wheeler.