Do you ever argue a position hoping you’re wrong, that someone will provide the killer argument to change your reluctant opinion?
I asked that on Twitter and somebody pointed out that they’re ALWAYS hoping to be proven wrong on climate change.
Well, me too.
Which, if you think about it, is even more damning of the so-called “skeptics”. Most of us arguing that since the science is fairly clear our governments should probably take some steps to mitigate the likely damage to the only inhabitable planet we know of, would love it if we didn’t have to. If the devastating predictions of destruction or worse were not going to eventuate.
And yet, despite our desperation to believe them, the skeptics have been so utterly unconvincing that no matter how much we’d like to, we can’t bring ourselves to believe their sadly implausible claims. Every time they run an obviously stupid political line it makes us take them less seriously. Every time they rely on distorted data and fatuous arguments (hey, it can’t be warming if it’s no hotter this year than the cyclic hot point of 1998!) it drives us further away. No matter how much we’d rather embrace their cheerful confidence.
I WANT THEM TO BE RIGHT!
But at the moment it feels like faking a belief in God just because you want there to be life after death.
Seriously, global warming skeptics. If you’ve got a killer case to make, please start making it. Please, let me share your blind faith that no matter what we do, it’ll somehow all be okay.
I WANT TO BELIEVE.