Challenging Climate Change


This week on Facebook: It’s relatively easy to do research into environmental matter on line, I am a bit surprised how difficult it is to thoroughly research any view that may be contrary to the seemingly perceived consensus the climate change/global warming (call it what you will). However, perhaps a former president of Greenpeace¹ provides some explanation to this dichotomy.

Last Sunday I quoted Thomas Jefferson on life when he said, “The first duty of government is the protection of life, not its destruction. Abandon that, and you have abandoned all”. I quoted Jefferson in support of my post, but Jefferson’s notions of life² are not so far removed from any contemporary version of it, regardless of mathematical theorems, cognitive and behavioural sciences or simply speculations.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Jefferson, like so many contemporary others, may have also provided the wrong answer to 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s rope question³. Wittgenstein was well aware of the difference between questions traced back to mathematical theorems and those relating to cognitive and behavioural sciences. After all, if something that seems obvious to almost everyone can be totally false, what else might we be wrong about. Wittgenstein asks us whether it should make us all feel a bit less certain about even our most deeply held beliefs.

The most significant development in this regard seems to be the recruitment of cognitive and behavioural sciences into the climate debate, with their own ‘standards’ of evidence. Ask a stupid question (url*)

I think that a world tied together into a single globalised marketplace and village, is tied together more by individual economic concerns than the ideology of climate change/global warming. As I remarked last Sunday, “Economic growth translates directly into politics votes and there is no indication that global electorates put concerns over climate change/global warming (anthropocene or not) ahead of their concerns for personal economic growth.

The world may have become tied together by a single globalised marketplace, but globally people are never likely to hold a common view of life’s meaning, or even fully observe their own interpretation of life’s meaning. The posts (1-5), presenting alternative views to the 97% accepted consensus, are mostly taken from the Heartland Institute.


1. Is Climate Policy Debatable? Why should we debate a settled question?  Isn’t there “97 percent consensus” among scientists on climate change, and haven’t the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and National Climate Assessment (NCA) already determined that we face a crisis?

3. Inconvenient Facts: All told, Wrightstone lists 60 “inconvenient facts” that refute the climate doomsayers. Each one is backed by scientific or historical data. There are a detailed bibliography and very effective charts, graphs, and pictures to make the data clear

4. Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change? Temperatures on earth have increased approximately 1.8°F since the early 20th century. Over this time period, atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) have notably increased. Both sides in the debate surrounding global climate change agree on these points.

5. Agriculture And Climate Change Fortunately, the carbon dioxide humans have been pumping into the air since the middle of the 20th century has enriched plant growth, thereby contributing to record crop yields, helping to bring about the largest decline in hunger, malnutrition, and starvation in human history.


Referenced Articles & Books:

  • A text subscript above and preceding the title here, refers to a book, pdf, podcast, video, slide show and a download that is usually free.
  • Brackets containing a number e.g. (1) are used above to reference a particular article (1-5).
  • Links (without superscript) reference a source.
  • Links may be in italics to indicate the  (context).
  • A long read url* (included below) is followed by an asterisk.
  • Occasionally Open University (OU) free courses are cited.
  • JSTOR lets you set up a free account allowing you to have 6 (interchangeable) books stored that you can read online.

¹Former President Of Greenpeace Scientifically Rips Climate Change To Shreds (url*) : The contention that human emissions are now the dominant influence on climate is simply a hypothesis, rather than a universally accepted scientific theory. It is therefore correct, indeed verging on compulsory in the scientific tradition, to be skeptical of those who express certainty that “the science is settled” and “the debate is over”.

²The Meaning of Life (url*): Most recent discussions of meaning in life are attempts to capture in a single principle all the variegated conditions that can confer meaning on life. This survey focuses heavily on the articulation and evaluation of these theories of what would make life meaningful. It concludes by examining nihilist views that the conditions necessary for meaning in life do not obtain for any of us, i.e., that all our lives are meaningless.

³What wrapping a rope around the Earth reveals about the limits of human intuition (url/video): If you tied a rope tight around the Earth’s equator and then added a single yard of slack, would the extra material make any noticeable difference to someone standing on the ground? Ludwig Wittgenstein believed that this chasm between human intuition and physical reality revealed something important about the fallibility of our thinking.

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