To Believe or Not To Believe

by Lisa Longo, 1/12/14

Lately, I seem to be spending a lot of time explaining the difference between facts and opinions. It is a time consuming, but worthy, undertaking. It amazes me that there are people who seem to think they are going to convince me that their opinion is more important than actual scientific data behind climate change and global warming. They cannot seem to comprehend that my mind is capable of understanding the difference between their opinion and the actual scientific facts on climate change.

Because here is the thing, I believe in science. I believe in reason and logic, and use both to review the reports and data, and base my beliefs on the facts. I trust the data from NOAA. I trust that 97% of climate scientists agree on this. I trust the IPCC report.

And here is another thing: facts are not up for debate. You can choose to ignore a fact, deny a fact, or not agree with a fact. It does not change the fact. Facts do not have a bias. Facts aren’t Democrats or Republicans. Facts aren’t feelings. And facts don’t change for your political pandering. You don’t take facts on faith. You can however have faith in facts. Sometimes life is black or white. When we are discussing facts, there is no debate, something is either a fact, or if it is not a fact, it is an opinion.

At this point, there really are very few people who argue that climate change is not actually happening, we have the scientific data to prove it is happening, so why would anyone continue to argue against it and for what purpose?

Well, here is when I am going to have to go down the rabbit hole of supposition and theory, because I am not in their heads, so I don’t know for sure, but I am going by what I have read and what has been said to me.

So here goes, it seems the most prevalent reason for climate change denial is a belief that renewable energy and sustainable development are driven by some malevolent Liberal United Nations Intelligentsia cabal with a wish to subvert the sovereignty of the United States by going green.

I kid you not. There are people who believe this. And say so publicly. Just have a look at the web site of the John Birch Society. And don’t think those Birchers are some fringe element “tea” “party” conspiracy theory “birthers”, no, many of the mainstream conservative talking heads and elected officials are members of this group….

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