Thursday, May 23, 2013

This Conversation Is Over

The Executive Branch has put its foot down, herewith:

New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz doesn’t want to spend his tenure battling over climate science.

“Let me make it very clear that there is no ambiguity in terms of the scientific basis calling for a prudent response on climate change,” Moniz told Energy Department employees shortly after his swearing-in. 

“I am not interested in debating what is not debatable,” Moniz said in his remarks at the Tuesday ceremony. “There is plenty to debate as we try and move forward on our climate agenda.”

Really, now. What's up for debate, then? Lightbulb wattage?

Proponents of global warming seem to become more strident with each passing day, in spite of the fact that the planet's heating up seems to be in serious question. "Warming Slows but Greater Impact Is Inevitable," read a recent headline.  In other words, we were wrong, but by gum, we'll be right in the future---inevitably!

Global warming, or climate change, or whatever they're calling it these days, seems like a strong enough theory to me---that is to say, man seems fairly poised to negatively alter the Earth's environment on a fairly wide scale via greenhouse gasses and so forth. But I remain uncomfortable with so much of the climate change crowd, due mostly to their frenetic, almost religious devotion to global climate catastrophe. It's also instructive to study how much global warming predictions have been utterly wrong. Yet the incorrectness has swayed very few climate change acolytes. What can you do? Try arguing against papal infallibility with a devout Sicilian churchgoer and you run into the same problem. Climate science has become ecclesiastical, not scientific.

I myself feel a great deal of responsibility to the Earth: to preserve its beauty and wonder, its biotic heterogeneity, its awesome ability to provide us with incredible health and pleasure from a seemingly-limitless bounty---you know, standard operating procedure. And I think that the destruction of these aforementioned things (a destruction which is very real, and very well-documented) does pose a grave and fairly imminent risk for humans on this planet. I'm just not prepared to accept the party line on the issue. And for the love of God, I don't look to Ernest Moniz to figure these things out for me. Which is just as well, because he's closed the debate on the matter. With no ambiguity! 

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