Climate Change Deniers

What is going wrong? Why are there still so many climate deniers? It could be because people like Senator Jim Inhofe have encouraged others to make up their mind on climate change based on personal intuition. What Inhofe is doing is as grandiose as Rush Limbaugh having an intuition-based opinion on the mass of the Higgs-Boson. They have done no study, but they think their intuition trumps the years of intensive observation and research by hundreds of thousands of scientists.

Even most deniers now agree that the world is warming. What they disagree on is whether man could cause it. What none of them know is the famous Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius (1859-02-19 1927-10-02 age:68) worked out the formula between CO₂ concentration and warming way back in 1896. It did not become controversial until the 1980s when the fossil fuels companies started emitting FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt). We know the CO₂ concentration is man-made because we know how much fuel we burned. We have the receipts. When we burn a litre of gasoline, we know to three decimal points how much CO₂ we release.

This is not rocket science. It is very old, very established science. Arrhenius is also the guy who discovered ions. That is how old this science is. An amateur questioning Arrhenius is like questioning Marconi and his assertion it is possible to broadcast without wires.

But why are the deniers so irrational? Many of them believe their god would never permit a global catastrophe, even though there have been world wars, plagues and a year without a summer. This closes their ears to all contrary evidence.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)