February 10, 2009 at 9:41 am 2 comments

Great post on skeptico yesterday.  It sums up quite nicely why I feel that global warming is real and is a threat.
I have a lot of trouble understanding why there is so much opposition to AGW.  Perhaps it’s merely an anti-environmentalism sentiment among much of the population?  A lot of the opposition does come from conservatives in this country, so that could explain it.  Or maybe it’s a more fundamental distrust of science?  I’d like to think that’s not the case, though statistics showing large majorities of americans don’t believe in evolution doesn’t give me much hope.
Hmm, why is it that people are so against the idea of anthropogenic climate change?


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  • 1. scott mayes  |  March 2, 2009 at 6:22 am

    The answer, I believe, is “follow the money.” The most vociferous opponents seem to be concerned about the increased costs impacting industries that do not wish to cut into their margins with a higher investment spent on cleaning themselves up.

    Several industries oppose cleaner, renewable energy sources because they cannot be price-controlled by a cartel.

    • 2. jasonostrander  |  March 2, 2009 at 9:48 am

      Agreed. However, what I was trying to get at with this post was somthing more subtle and disturbing. I know several people who vehemently deny GW exists, and I know these people have no financial incentive to hold that belief. They are willing to believe the most ill thought-out and poorly supported arguments as if they are reasonable. It seems to me they practice an almost willful ignorance rather than confront the issue. Even a respected publication such as the Washington Post is guilty of this. See George Will’s column and the numerous debunkings (here, here, and here).


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