By Craig Shields | 14 January 2011, 12:14 BST
When people ask me to explain my position on global warming, I normally assert what I’ve learned from the interviews I’ve conducted, while politely acknowledging that I’m not an expert on the subject. I also point out that the specifics of the subject that are yet to be — and probably never will be — fully understood. When I encounter adamant climate change deniers, I calmly suggest that they find one of any number of other reasons to urge a rapid migration away from fossil fuels: national security, public health, etc.
However, when pressed for my true beliefs, I have to admit that I get really stern. What remaining hair I have on the back of my arms stands up and blood vessels swell in my forehead as I forcibly . . . . suggest that they read Jeremy Grantham’s piece on the subject: Everything You Need To Know About Global Warming in Five Minutes. It’s a short essay that, in my estimation, sums up the world’s best thinking on the subject.
His analysis of the science and the logic of the subject is excellent. But his analysis of the idea of climate scientists’ motive to cheat on their findings is even better. He writes:
“… They formed a conspiracy to pull off a massive hoax because they…?”
There really is no good answer to that question — and who but Grantham could have made that point in such a casual, unadorned style? Everyone reading this knows a few scientists, but I don’t think anybody knows one who likes limelight, drama, testifying in front of Congress, or loud, embarrassing arguments with ultra-rightwing radio talkshow buffoons.
If you told me that the moguls of Hollywood, or Madison Avenue, or Wall Street were trying to pull off such a conspiracy, you might have earned my attention. But the overwhelming majority of university professors? Sorry.
Grantham’s hardly a bleeding-heart liberal; he’s an icon of modern-day unapologetic super-capitalism, managing $107 billion in assets. I hope you’ll enjoy his level-headed common sense thinking on the topic.
Ah, good. Having written this has calmed me down. Those pulsating blood vessels have subsided. But don’t get me started again, or I swear by God I’ll . . . . refer you to another article.
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