Weighing the climate change dilemma: denial or hope

Posted on January 28, 2011

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You are in a theatre and a fire inspector shouts “Fire.”

The guy at the concession stand and the theatre owner say, “Hey, no problem.”

Fortunately, that very day there are forty fire inspectors in the building to help you make up your mind.

Thirty-nine say “Run.”

One–coincidentally the cousin of the theatre owner–says, “Hey, the problem is exaggerated.  Stick around. Spend some money. Maybe we’ll buy a new extinguisher.”

The decision about climate change is denial or hope.  Denial means climate disaster, because it means doing nothing to prevent it.

Hope means doing something about it.

The problem of climate change is not exaggerated.  All the evidence suggests that it’s underplayed.

And.

Remember in kindergarten when you learned that politicians exaggerate things and scientists didn’t.  That’s true now.  All the people who say it’s not a problem are simply political.  They show no signs of being scientific, like checking their sources.  Like talking about evidence that they actually understand.

Myself, I prefer to listen to what actual working scientist say about climate change.   They’re–o, so politely–yelling, “Fire!”  Every single major scientific organization on Earth.  Unanimously.

And I prefer to (gasp!) pay taxes now to prevent disaster, rather than impose disaster on my children.

Sentimental me.

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