Here we go again. June 23, 2007Posted by Jim Satterfield in Environment, Politics, Science.
Once again someone who has clearly made up his mind on the issue of climate change writes an article that has the deniersphere tapping their keyboards gleefully. Unfortunately for them the paper is not even written by a climatologist. Mr. Patterson is a geologist. Also notice that this article is not appearing in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It is in the Financial Post, a paper owned by Conrad Black and it has a rather unapologetic conservative political agenda. This is where someone who is criticizing the political agenda of people who think AGW is proven writes to prove he is the apolitical one in this debate?
Even though they should know better they ignore the very basic physics and chemistry of carbon dioxide. It has been known to be a greenhouse gas that can affect temperature for over a century. The basic physics and chemistry are well known. The question is not whether it contributes to the warming of our planet but rather how much other factors might mitigate it and how much we are going to contribute to carbon dioxide’s warming effect by our actions that increase its quantity and by changing the factors that could mitigate against that warming increasing too much for our current social structures to deal with.