UPDATE: According to the latest Rasmussen Poll, just 34% of voters believe that global warming is man-made, while 48% figure it to be planetary cycle. This is the exact opposite of a year ago where 47% said man-made and 33% said cyclical. Not sure what this is reflective of, since I think the mainstream news still predominately supposes man-made causation (as do our politicians according to the same poll), but it is interesting to track. Maybe it’s the cold weather in much of the country.
There has been some good discussion going on in the comments on my original post (mostly by us authors), and so I wanted to direct attention to that. Though the original post dealt with my frustrations with “alarmists”, there was some added bits about Lomborg’s views on whether it is appropriate to try and “fix” global warming. This has led some of the comments and further discussion to drift towards global warming causation (CO₂ or Solar), and whether we should still try and fix something that’s cause is debated. In one of the comments Elijah said:
But if we have lessons to learn from Mars I don’t think that they are “don’t bother trying to deal with climate change.” ….. If there is anything we can do to off-set one day becoming like Mars (I’m not saying this is immanent), we ought to push for that for the sake of stewardship and the abilities that God has given us.
And this brought up something I find compelling about this whole issue of man-made versus nature. If indeed this is man-made and is caused by carbon dioxide, then I certainly think it is valid to pursue behavior that would try and slow things down or turn them around (though not gobs of money, as per the original post), but if this is a solar or natural change should we, or better yet can we, do anything? In all the graphs and models that Al Gore showed us we saw that we went from ice ages to warmer to colder and such over the millenia. No humans were around to cause or correct any of those changes, so I find it interesting, especially in a culture so predisposed to evolution, that we would be so bold as to say we should stop the warming (if in fact it is not man-made). I think this is one reason why people are very determined to find a human cause for this, because the alternative is out of our control and we have come to like our control.
And I think this is an interesting discussion because I do believe that more and more info is pointing to non man-made causes. I think we can squarely say that the term consensus is officially overused, and untrue. The debate is certainly not over, and I won’t make any grand statements, but interesting to discuss certainly…at least for people willing to discuss.
MARK ADDS: Pete’s link he added in previous comments is also here.
MARK ALSO ADDS (for Greg):