Saturday, July 25, 2015

Global Warming/Climate Change: Extended Discussion

Talking to legendary Chicago talk show host Milt Rosenberg, two global warming skeptics (James M. Taylor and Steve Goreham) discuss the issues in depth.

Interestingly, proponents of man-made global warming refused to appear on the show, leaving Rosenberg to play the role of devil’s advocate. This, Rosenberg explains, is almost invariably the case as warming advocates imperiously insist that warming is “settled science” about which there is no legitimate doubt.

But public opinion polls shot there most certainly is doubt among the citizenry.

So if their case is so strong, why won’t the advocates avail themselves of the opportunity to convince doubters with their (supposedly) superior arguments? It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the issue is way more complex than the warmists want the public knowing, and that they fear they would be on the defensive.

Instinctively, we should distrust people who refuse to argue their case. Their refusal implies that they live in a little bubble where everybody shares their assumptions, and they fear stepping out into the world where their assumptions will be challenged.

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4 Comments:

Blogger KeynesianPacker said...

Public opinion polls are now a good indicator of what is settled science? I guess evolution isn't settled science either. I'd put more weight on the opinion polls of scientists, a vast majority of whom believe in anthropogenic global warming. Would you blame an economist for not wasting his or her time arguing that Zimbabwe is not more prosperous than Sweden? Maybe you should base your views on climate change on academic journal articles and not a talk radio show.

12:37 PM  
Blogger KeynesianPacker said...

Taylor has an undergrad degree in Government and a law degree. Goreham has a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA. I'll take the opinion of NASA and MIT climatologists.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

There are too many variables to know what's going on. They just want world socialism and central planning. The left cannot stomach innovation or anyone having their own viewpoint. They are hive people.

7:37 PM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

Public opinion polls are now a good indicator of what is settled science? I guess evolution isn't settled science either.

Public opinion is indeed a good indicator of what is "settled." People who believe in warming should be willing to argue the issue and try to persuade people who don't agree with them. The same applies to evolution.

But scientists just haughtily sneer at people who don't accept their orthodoxy.

Would you blame an economist for not wasting his or her time arguing that Zimbabwe is not more prosperous than Sweden?

In the first place, you are assuming that proposition is analogous to skepticism about global warming.

In the second place, if a lot of people believed that, economists should be willing to make their case.

How would you feel about economists who haughtily dismissed people who favor a higher minimum wage?

Maybe you should base your views on climate change on academic journal articles and not a talk radio show.

Are you assuming that science is never corrupt? Never kowtows to political power? Do you know who Lysenko was?

Why don't you listed to the show, and then post something about where you think Taylor and Goreham are wrong?

5:28 PM  

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