Healthy is probably not the first adjective that climate change skeptics would use about their position. At least that’s my decision given the pariah status conferred on anyone who resists the conventional wisdom that climate change is both awful and caused by human activity. Skeptics have been chastised, vilified, even endangered. And some have retaliated with their very own competitive defense.
It is an issue where acute pain will creep up on us, many times undetected. And even when effects are acute they’re difficult to attribute. After all they may have happened by chance anyway.
Most climate change is actually not fast and slow change is hard to show. It’s even harder to spend on public money or, worse still, set in place policies that might hamper economic growth, only to slow further an already slow change.
And so the solution was to speed everything up. Then add intensity and also make the entire thing instant. Al Gore made Inconvenient Truth in this style.
Only that is hard to maintain. Momentum is readily lost when the basis of the argument is emotion rather than facts that were unequivocal. Most of the time we have to be able to see it to believe it. That is the reason why there are a billion men and women on the planet who finish each day hungry. If we saw poverty with our own eyes we’d shortly take action about it.
Climate change is just not observable. It manifests as earlier onset of springtime, a briefer than usual rainy season or a few more tornados. But all of those could happen by chance.
Skeptics become more than a nuisance in these types of circumstances. Necessarily they need evidence to be convinced of the occurrence. This is exactly what doubt is, an open mind until there’s sufficient evidence to get a choice either way.
Change skeptics seems to be brought on by human actions and are crucial if global warming is real.