Watts Up With That?

Guest post by Craig Loehle, Ph.D.

We often hear this disconnect in the climate debate: sceptic Joe says “human impacts are small and likely not harmful”; alarmist Arthur says “humans are affecting the climate, therefore we must act now”. It is not possible to get the alarmist to answer the claim of the skeptic that the impacts are likely to be small. I believe the disconnect results because the alarmist is using categorical thinking. In this mode, if something is bad, it is bad. Water is either clean or not clean. Forest is either wilderness or it is defiled. This conversation cannot progress because the world views of the sceptic and the alarmist are incompatible. The words they use do not mean the same thing. If the sceptic admits we are having a small impact on climate, the alarmist says “aha! You see? We are doomed!” This is not a…

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I am a retired software engineer (20 years) who used to be a meteorological consultant (20 years), before having a (run-of-the-mill) mid-life crisis. The company I worked for until recently, would have frowned at me hosting this site, it being very green! The subject of "Climate Change" (now aka "Catastrophic Anthroprogenic Global Warming") was initially an interesting academic scientific discussion. The discussion then got hijacked by activists and the left-wing media, and finally by the politicians. Being Australian, this "discussion" hit my hip pocket, through a carbon (dioxide) tax - it's now personal, and I have to say something!
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