If you are a Global Warming scare-monger, then this post is for you.
If not, then please feel free to learn about my opinions of Global Warming scare-mongers from it. Though this message is targeted at the Global
Warming variant of scare-monger, I feel pretty much the same way about all kinds, so you can take some general principles away from this post if you
like, as well.
Call this argument a straw man if you like. After all, not everyone who believes in Global Warming is a scare-monger. True enough, and I am by no
means suggesting otherwise.
But I've run into plenty who are, right here on ATS, who see fit to malign me for not agreeing with them, and that's why I'm writing this post.
You are out there, you know who you are, and I'm talking to you right here, right now, straight up, no holding back.
This is my honest, unflinching opinion about you and your tactics.
I Distrust People Who Preach Fear
While it's not 100% infallible, I have found in my short life that when someone is trying to frighten me, it's usually because they are trying to
control me, to get me to do something out of fear rather than reason, and thus get me to do something I wouldn't normally do.
My normally strong skepticism becomes even stronger when I become aware of people trying to manipulate me in this way, and sure enough, I've seen it
plenty of times, in plenty of arenas, including right here on ATS.
The Global Warming Scare (and yes, in my opinion it is a “scare
” in every
legitimate sense of the word) is rife with such tactics and has consequently earned my enduring skepticism.
I remember when I first saw the term used way back in the '80s. It was tied with fear based on insufficient evidence then, and it is the same way
My Current Position On Global Warming
Global Warming is a theory
, and it is an unproven
Yet it is repeated like a gospel truth by people who ought to know better, despite the fact that it may well turn out to be just another form of
I'm not saying Global Warming isn't occurring, nor am I saying that human activity can't be causing Global Warming.
That's because I don't know.
Being honest about that seems to be a controversial position to take, in light of how much grief I get for it, but I'm going to stand firm until I
see some logical reason to change it.
The Burden Of Proof
The bottom line in matters like this is that it is not my responsibility to prove that Global Warming doesn't exist.
Aside from the obvious fallacy of trying to prove a negative on such a grand scale, I'm not the person that invented this theory, and I'm not trying
to scare people into believing me.
The burden of proof when introducing some new concept, whether a theory, a philosophy or a scare
is on the people promoting it.
If it makes sense to me, I may choose to adopt it. If not, then I won't. If anyone has a problem with that, the problem lies with them for not
respecting my intellectual liberty, not with me for exercising it.
You can take potshots at my skepticism and suspicions all you want. All that tells me is that you don't even believe your own stories, and thus fear
You sure as hell will never earn my agreement by slandering me.
Trust No One, Suspect Everyone
Yes, I strongly suspect the motivation behind many of the proponents of Global Warming, because I can see clear profit motives behind the movement.
I am also convinced that many “scientists” who seek to debunk Global Warming are doing so on someone's payroll, again, promoting “science” as
a way to fatten someone's wallet.
However, I try to be careful not to falsely accuse anyone in particular of drumming up sentiment one way or the other for profit, although there are a
few choice suspects.
Again, it's because I don't know for sure
, even though the pattern is clear as day in some cases. Rather than accuse someone falsely, I think
it's better to leave my suspicions vague until proven.
If you really believed Global Warming were true, you would spend less time sniping at critics and more time building a rational case that can
withstand reasoned logical analysis.
Instead, it's classic evangelism: pointing the fingers at “unbelievers” and warning that they must repent or perish. Accept our gospel or suffer
A Call To Reason
To date, I have seen not one conclusive, rational case establishing the existence of Global Warming, either alone or as a man-made phenomenon.
, and I have been looking very diligently for one.
To those responsible for that failure, the solution is to make a rational case, rather than insulting people for not drinking your kool-aid and
calling them “irrational” for being rational.
Science, YES! Propaganda, NO!
Is that clear enough for everyone?
For those inclined to do so, feel free to keep insulting me for not buying into your sanctimonious bullcrap. It helps me keep track of who the false
prophets, junk scientists, corporate pawns and bald-faced liars are.
Meanwhile, baseless attacks on my credibility for refusing to choose one side or the other in this debate are a great way to ensure that I will never
agree with the scoundrels promoting them.
If the truth is on your side, then use it.