Okay, I’ll poke the tiger and grab the tail I’ll publically admit I’m a little bit of a skeptic on the official climate change position that’s mainstream right now. Here are my reasons, before you crucify me. First, our meteorological data only covers a very brief time (with any detail), about the last century or so. As far as weather cycles go, that’s not even a drop in the bucket. Sure, we have computer models that go backward and forward in time, but those are all based on what we know now. There are still too many unknown variables to act like we’ve completely nailed it down. And while I have no doubt burning petroleum is having an impact on our weather and our planet, I’m unsatisfied by the research to stop looking into additional possibilities as well. Too much of what’s put out (on both sides of the issue) feel too much like political rhetoric and less like objective investigation.
Again, before anyone crucifies me, YES, I think we are having a negative impact on our planet and our weather cycles. NO, I don’t know exactly how much is us and how much might be a cycle we’re just not old or smart enough yet to fully perceive. YES, we need to act on what we know to take care of this planet, it’s currently the only one we have, and even if we get others, I’m still going to be sentimentally attached to this one, it was the first, after all .
I’ll give one example that’s not often given much time. Urban sprawl and development. Not the cars or power plants, but the sprawl its self. Consider how much pavement, roofing shingles, etc reflect the heat of the sun back into the atmosphere. I’ve looked a couple of times but can’t find many studies on the changes the concrete and asphalt jungle have caused outside concerns about emissions. Why would we not investigate this more closely? Becuase it’s politically unpopular. It’s okay to bash big industry, but if it possibly makes my life a little harder or uncomfortable, then it can’t be that critical, can it?
Sorry if I’m ranting (it’s Monday, that happens sometimes) but I love science, always have. I find it sad that some within that realm have become so enamored with their own intelligence and seemingly having all the answers that they’ve stopped asking questions the way they should - heaven forbid I prove myself wrong, where’s the grant money in that? Again, there are many scientific fields that aren’t given to the same emotional or intellectual defects, but so many seem to these days - And I applaud anyone within those fields that have remained intellectually honest and inquisitive, I know there are many of you still out there, I wish you the absolute best.