Not a very good article. I can't take anybody seriously that thinks tagging his opponents as "denialists" is a clever way to argue.
The current temperature increase since the 1970s is 0.16 C per decade.
Calling people who doubt the cries of the environmental movement names doesn't help. It might work to enforce ideological purity on dailykos, but even here on MeFi there is a range of opinion, even if most of us skeptics keep quiet because internet arguments are not productive.
It pains me to inform you, dunkadunc, but you people sound to me exactly -- not just a little bit, mind you, but exactly -- like fundamentalists discussing the Rapture.
If they want me to spend €1 on CO2 reduction, they need to reasonably show why that's money better spent than paying for some kid's TB medicine in Malawi right now.
Actually here in the US there is a lot of patience for a cost benefit analysis on global warming...
SamuelBowman made a good point and both you and five fresh fish just re-inforce it; apparently it's not possible that someone can disagree with you about global warming on any other basis than greed, lack of intelligence, or a character defect. This sort of thing happens on the right, too, but it's not constructive and doesn't get you any closer to your objective.
In fact, there is no dialogue at all. Cleantech people go to cleantech conferences, and oil and gas industry people go to oil and gas conferences, and rarely do the two crowds mix. In the halls of Congress there is much shouting, but little listening. At the end of the day, it is the art of political compromise, not data, which drives policymaking.
The oil and gas industry remains mired in denial about the peak and decline of its products. Renewable advocates are still lost in a dream about quickly replacing fossil fuels with green energy and an infrastructure that runs on it. Climate change concernists continue to pin their hopes on visions that cannot possibly be realized in the time frames they need. No side trusts the other.
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