Friday, November 02, 2012

Climate Change - The Insanity of Conspiracy

"The spirit of the age is filled with the disdain for thinking."
- Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher & physician (1875 - 1965)

The other day I came across a story about the Flat Earth Society and how they think there is a conspiracy to trick everyone into thinking the world is a sphere. They have plenty of explanations on how this conspiracy of lies warps the truth that the world is, indeed, flat. Seems their membership has been increasing fairly rapidly over the last few years.

Speaking of truth, there are the 911 Conspiracy enthusiasts more commonly known as "Truthers." Recently it was estimated that some 30% of US citizens think the US Government caused 911, either directly or indirectly. That's around 1.2 million people.

Then there's the Pearl Harbor Conspiracy, the JFK Assassination Conspiracy, the Fake Moon Landing Conspiracy... The list goes on and on.

What these all have in common is that, despite incontrovertible, undeniable, irrefutable proof to the contrary, the believers will not be shaken. They are right and there's nothing you can do to change their righteousness. It is we who do not believe that are delusional and blind.

Into this list I would add those who do not believe that the climate of Earth is changing. There are many people who think that climate change isn't happening and all the doomsayers are crazy. This is, of course, ridiculousness itself. There is no possible way anyone with eyes can deny what's happening on our planet. There is, as I previously said, incontrovertible, undeniable, irrefutable proof to the contrary. There is, however, a reason beyond mere conspiracies that these deniers continue to hold their opinions. And that is because there are so many wing-nuts on the pro climate change side who continue to believe their own insane conspiracy; That this phenomenon is being caused and/or driven by the human population.

The idea of man made climate change has been around for over 75 years. But it wasn't brought to the fore until Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" was released. There is, again, incontrovertible, undeniable, irrefutable proof that, while mankind is making a mess of our planet with pollution and the destruction of the environment, massive climate change has been happening on this planet for about 4.54 billion years! To get a perspective on human vs nature's impact on the climate one only has to look at the cattle industry. The greenhouse gasses produced by the cattle in the US is significantly more harmful to the climate than all the carbon produced by all the internal combustion, gas burning engines on the whole planet. Five minutes on any reputable science study will bear this out.

So, the question becomes, why are people so rabid about claiming human actions are driving climate change? One word. MONEY! You see, before Al Gore made his movie, he started and built a company that makes money off of man made climate change. If the real science were ever to take hold he, and a handful of other multimillionaires, would lose a major source of income. They have so much tied up in this fallacy that they had to make it a political issue in order to keep it perpetuated.

I realize that, should this post ever actually be read by anyone, those that believe in climate change caused by humans and those who do not believe in climate change at all will not be convinced to change their view of the issue. But maybe, just maybe, someone with an open mind will come across this and do their own research. It isn't easy to wade through the tsunami of rhetoric and misinformation out there, but it can be done. And even if said person should come to a conclusion different than mine, if they looked at and researched the issue with an objective, rational methodology, it means at least one more person exists who used their intellect to decide what to believe.

One more person not caught by the insanity of conspiracy.

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