A recent and prominent New York Times article, “Satellites Show Sea Ice in Arctic Is at a Record Low,” once again sounds the alarms that man-made global warming is real and poses an imminent threat to planet earth.
Just consider the scary first sentence: “The amount of sea ice in the Arctic has fallen to the lowest level on record, a confirmation of the drastic warming in the region and a likely harbinger of larger changes to come.”
It isn’t until the last sentence of the 3rd paragraph that the article mentions that this claim is based on “satellite tracking (which) began in the late 1970s.” I guess the NYT thought that sounds a little better than precisely stating that such tracking began in 1979.
In short, the record goes back only 33 years, which is less than a blink of an eye for climate study.
The NYT is not alone. Most mainstream media covered the story in lock-step with the same hysteria — standard for the global-warming issue as a whole.
Positions on this issue can be categorized as follows:
1. Tree Huggers who believe that fossil fuel usage has planet earth on the road to man-made global warming catastrophe;
3. The philosophical who argue that planet earth has survived through many global warming and global cooling cycles over hundreds of millions of years, and will do just fine in future cycles (the human race’s fate is a topic for further discussion);
4. Conspiracists who believe a small power group created the global warming issue as a tool to manipulate the “western” masses to get off of fossil fuels for strategic political reasons, even though it continues to be a very efficient energy solution.
It is hard to rationally argue with the philosophical. But their views aren’t very practical or actionable. And of course, I support pro-growth and clean-environment policies, and I believe a balance must be struck between the two.
However, I believe that to understand what is driving the debate and how the terms of the debate are framed, one must study the conspiracists’ view. I explored these views in my two essays posted on this blog in 2010 here and here.
So, share your position on global warming with us. Which category do you subscribe to? Or do you believe there are other categories?