Dear Rex Murphy,
I always thought you were intelligent and usually gave you the benefit of the doubt when I disagreed with you, you use such big words you see… but then you wrote this article about global warming.
Well I’m done now, you’ve completely invalidated yourself. Its all very evocative to compare the environmental movement to the Catholic church silencing Galilieo but just a moment’s look at that community and you’ll know they don’t have nearly that level of control and agreement. Its only in the last two years that climate scientists have been able to bring themselves to say for certain that global warming is caused by humans. This doesn’t mean its new, it means saying you are ‘sure’ of anything in science is essentially heresy. Most things cannot be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. But the overwhelming body of scientists are now as sure about global warming as physicists are about the ‘theory’ of gravity. Those who are calling for more scrutiny, more debate because ‘that is how science works’ aren’t scientists. They don’t realize that scientists have been debating this for decades and they’re done. They’ve settled it. In fact, every time they get together to write another report they realize they greatly underestimated the scale of the problem.
So get over it, your own observations of a few years of flat temperatures does not invalidate a warming trend that stretches back decades. Just because you feel like people are telling you what to think and stifling debate doesn’t mean the debate hasn’t happened. It just means you weren’t part of it, because you’re not qualified to be, and they have settled it.
The annoying thing about Mr. Murphy’s metaphor is that unlike the debate with Galileo, getting this right actually makes a difference in the real world. If we hesitate again on reversing global warming we may completely upset the balance that we rely on to live and we won’t be able to ever get it back. I hope if that happens there are some archives left of the cbc so people know Rex was one of the voices calling to slow down with all this pollution reduction. Well Rex, its been a long and overly wordy road we’ve travelled, and I won’t be listening to any more of you contrived metaphors anymore because you are clearly more enamored with them than with the truth or with saving the world we live in.
Update: If you still doubt global warming is happening you may want to look at this recent data about the temperature in the artic over the past 200,000 years. The summer heat up north is unmatched since the end of the last ice age. Does that sound like a chance warming trend to you?