Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Is man-made Global Warming falsifiable ?
You remember how Statists used to run around claiming that such-and-such strategy or policy was "right out of Karl Rove's playbook"?
Well, here's the Statist playbook on getting Cap And Trade passed ASAP, courtesy of links provided by Ann Althouse.
Page 12, which describes how to frame the opposition, is so Saul Alinsky that it makes my head hurt.
Why is it so important for them to get something passed immediately? Here's Ms. Althouse:
These guys want to control industry, transportation, and most of all, they want to control you. I've never understood that mindset, but I admit that there's lots of money in it.
But the climate is not cooperating with the computer models. The temps have been flat for a while, if not showing a cooling trend in North America. As best I can tell, it all depends on who is reading the thermometers, massaging the data, and then claiming that the dog ate their homework.
Even worse, is there anything that would be accepted as proof that Global Warming isn't happening?
Here's my current favorite debating point when discussing this with alarmists:
I don't believe that God intervenes in what's happening on this planet. Or anywhere else. But hey, I'm open to discussion. You can change my mind. If you tell me God has revealed to you that on July 13th of 2021, a baby will be born with two heads, and by the age of two, one head will start speaking Aramaic and the other will speak Choctaw, I'm going to have to re-evaluate my theology if that unlikely event comes to pass.
If you have no scientific background, and you tell me that God has revealed to you, through prayer, how to cure pancreatic cancer, and lo and behold you have a cure for pancreatic cancer, then I have to do some thinking. (And praying.)
If God were to suddenly interfere with our TV and radio signals for a year and beam in programming from heaven that explains the Book Of Revelation, I would affirm that I've been wrong.
For the debate on this issue to matter one way or the other, there has to be a possibility of proving one side or the other as false. But there are millions of good people out there who will always believe that God intervenes. They can't come up with a scenario that would disprove their opinion that God intervenes in their lives all day every day.
So.....has the Alarmist side of the Global Warming debate ever admitted that there could be climate trends that would disprove their belief in man-made Global Warming? I haven't found it yet. Ice, snow, cold, and hot are all proof that we're warming the planet. (Plus, do you remember about three years ago, when it became politically incorrect to say "Global Warming" instead of the preferable "Climate Change"? Ever wonder what that was about?)
The rest of us see the proof every day, and the more snowstorms we see, the more important it is for Obama/Pelosi/Reid to strike while the iron....unh....isn't hot.