What to Make of Climate Change

Is climate change a real problem, and if so, is it something human beings can fix?  What I’ve found is that you can find reasonable people on both sides of the issue.  One more question I have, though, concerns why it has become so political.  Usually when I’m trying to understand such things and where I should come down on it, I often look at the people on either side and try to figure out their ideologies and philosophies.  Where do they stand on the big question of TRUTH?  Are they more inclined to be relativists or do they have a place in their worldview for absolutes?  Another test I try to employ is checking out who they tend to hang out with and support.  In other words who do they most agree with and what are those people like?   I’ve found you can learn a lot about underlying beliefs that way and how that affects what people will accept or not accept as “proof”.

Both sides of the climate debate use their own portfolio of what they accept as the scientific data.  This seems to be true on most issues of our time.  That being the case, it becomes necessary to look in other places before forming an opinion – like what information do I already have from other sources.

One of those sources is personal knowledge.  I can remember sitting in university science classes in the seventies and hearing about the threat of a return to the ice age.  There was “data” to back up the fear.  The question of course concerned whether it would be possible for humanity to survive and how should the world be planning and adapting.  I’m not really sure when the issue took a one hundred eighty degree turn and we began to worry about the opposite extreme.  However, it’s obvious that one fear became obsolete.  Is it possible that this one will do the same?

The most trustworthy source I rely on for truth is the Holy Bible.  I find it very interesting that God asked Job, “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, … when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, “This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt”?

A couple more questions come to mind.  If scientists have not successfully found a way to undo drought situations around the world or stop earthquakes or tsunamis, can we really expect them to show us how to refreeze the arctic and lower ocean levels?  Furthermore, why should we trust politicians who think they can?

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