Skeptics should just accept that human-caused climate change is a reality

Or so says Forbes, once again demonstrating that its staff is unable to be a credible source of information on science or medicine.

Why Skepticism About Computer Models Is Not A Good Reason For Skepticism About Climate Change

A week ago I made the case that humancaused climate change should stop being a political football and that both parties should simply accept it as a reality. One pretty pervasive argument against global warming that I didn’t address in that article was this one: that the belief in global warming is based on computer models that are inherently unreliable… How can the scientists convince skeptics a) there has been a non-random acceleration in the past 150 years and b) it is due to burning fossil fuels?

…Donald Wuebbles, the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois responds… [Concluding:]

“What we are experiencing is outside of anything humans have seen on our planet and the only explanation that makes any real sense is that it is due to human actions.”

Professor Wuebbles teaches the science of global warming at the University of Illinois and was a contributor to the report, “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States.” As the University’s press release stated: “Extreme weather, drought, heavy rainfall and increasing temperatures are a fact of life in many parts of the U.S. as a result of human-induced climate change, researchers report today in a new assessment. These and other changes will continue and likely increase in intensity into the future, the scientists found.”

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5 responses to “Skeptics should just accept that human-caused climate change is a reality

  1. “What we are experiencing is outside of anything humans have seen on our planet and the only explanation that makes any real sense is that it is due to human actions.”

    That means – “beyond anything we’ve seen in the last 150 years,” because humans didn’t have widespread use of thermometers before that, and the way they keep “adjusting” the numbers in historical records, apparently we’ve only had RELIABLE thermometers for the last 20 years.

    We also didn’t write down all the things that happened WHERE WE DIDN’T live en-masse prior to the last 100 years or so. So we don’t know what “humans” actually “saw” before.

  2. “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.” When advocates claim grave harm will result unless we undergo grave hardships, the burden is on those who demand we undergo the hardships.
    I expect a Muslim to convert only if convinced that the new religion is valid. I expect to believe in AGW only if I see real evidence that it’s true.
    There are some items that ride along with the AGW agenda that could be valid — perhaps moving toward natural gas — but they must be considered and decided on their own merits. Any acknowledgment of AGW at this point encourages the nannies and the loons and the moochers and the looters.

  3. “These and other changes will continue and likely increase in intensity into the future, the scientists found.”
    One cannot find something that exists only in a computer model or in one’s (fevered) imagination. Only things and facts/data about things can be “found.”

  4. Even if the changes are greater than humans have ever seen, it does not follow that we caused the change. It is highly improbable that climate is controlled by one substance–CO2. It is also interesting that the one substance claimed to cause the problem seems to require that we return to the stone age–actually, pre-fire, since all combustion of any kind is presumed to be bad. Climate science is based on statistical analysis, data “corrections” and algorithms presumed to be accurate. Even if the predictions fail, a new manta is trotted in. The current lack of cooling is “just a break” and it WILL get warm just like they said. Yeah, we need better science than this before diving headlong into the destruction of humanity as we know it to save ourselves from the destruction of humanity as we know it.

  5. Not_That_Stupid_Yet

    “What we are experiencing is outside of anything humans have seen on our planet and the only explanation that makes any real sense is that what we are experiencing is outside of anything humans have reliably recorded.”

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