It’s a shame when scientific issues get politicized. Sure there may be debates as to the validity of a theory or idea, but it seems to me the arguing becomes disingenuous when political parties champion two different views. As seen here, both sides seem to be selective on what data they present and how, which leads me to distrust either of them.
Is there a good site where one can ask questions about climate change? I for one still have reservations about the extend of it being man made. From my interest in geology I’ve taken classes on the ice age cycle and how it helped form the earth as we know it today. (Like how this hunk of granite came to Kansas.) I know we are coming out of a little ice age, and it seems to me the planet warming up would be expected. I guess I am just not convinced that the changes seen and predicted aren’t “normal”.
I also have reservations that a lot of the data is speculative from simulations. I don’t think we know all of the forces involved in order accurately predict the future.
That said, I do support things like research into green and renewable energy. That just makes sense. I don’t like things like the carbon credit scheme. I think we should use our energies to adapt to the change, instead of trying to stop it. For example with the threat of rising sea levels. With the current levels as they are, we have evidence of settlements that are now under water. The coast line fluxes, and those who live there may at some point be forced to retreat, or engineer some grand solution to keep dry.
And as I close, I would just like to point out that in ~15,000 years from now everything north of South Dakota is going to be under a mile of ice. Buy up land near the equator, it will be worth a fortune one day.