On the way out the door this morning, I read the AP article claiming that global warming has sped up and we are approaching a point of no return (whatever that means).
Put me down as someone on the fence about global warming. I am not a conspiracy theorist and I do not believe that most scientists are godless zealots on a mission to undermine Christianity. So, I tend to believe that global warming is a cause for concern even if there is still some debate about whether it really exists.
Conservatives of course are skeptical. By most standards, I am a conservative. However, conservatives have a real weakness that undermines their credibility–they have a history of rejecting progress even when progress is a good thing. The issue of racism within the United States is a good case study that illustrates my point.
I just wish there was a bit more integrity on both sides. For example, I wish I had a dollar for every time that someone tries to prove that global warning does not exist because some town recorded a record low temperature on a given day. The global warming zealots are just as likely to point to some heat wave in some significant place to try to prove their point.
Conservatives have laughed a lot because the past few years, there has been snow at some big global warming convention in Washington. Of course, the snow proves nothing. Neither does a cold day in a town in Montana or a hot day in some town in Alaska.
A cold day does not make a trend. Neither does a cold season. Signficant trends are longer than that, and we are clearly in a warming trend. The question however is whether the trend is just short term or part of a long warming trend. The answer to that question is unclear, and that is why I consider the possibility of global warming to be worthy of concern.
So, take today’s Drudge Report headlines about record lows in Denver and Montana with a gigantic grain of salt. Unless you live there, it really doesn’t matter very much.