To be honest, I hardly know where to start! It’s been a long evolution, an evolution that started in 2008, that converted me from a person that was concerned about the issue of global warming to where I am today. Along the way, my political philosophy also changed.
So I’ll start with some questions.
- Why is there an attempt to silence and demonize those whose thinking is different on this issue?
- How can it possibly be good to scare (and even terrify!) young people?
- Have there been doomsday predictions in the past, and what was the outcome of those predictions?
- The importance of energy to human progress. Top down vs. bottom up.
- Why are the benefits of CO2 ignored?
- What is so special about CO2, and why do we treat it as the sole “driver” of the climate?
- Has the earth ever had higher levels of CO2 than it has now, and what was the effect of that?
- What is good science? Is there a difference in mindset between scientists and engineers?
- Group identity (supporting other scientists: the proof of Fermat’s last theorem, discussion with man at BBE dinner). government recommendations (who gets on these committees)?
- The end justifies the means. Steven S..(Berkeley). My own experiences (Feinstein cheering, Neilson ratings)
- Non-scientists adamant belief in science, identity politics (Jane Fonda, Mark at gym)
- What is your standard of value? (Alex Epstein)
- Critical thinking skills.
- Parallels with low-fat diets, problems with cholesterol-as-single-driver,
- Problems with scaring people (the Alar scare), media stories, lack of understanding of human resilience (livers, kidneys)
- For me, personally: what comes next? What will be the next scare? This is human nature, apparently, and so I must accept that there will be more to come.