Here’s Wes Pruden, editor-in-chief of the Moonie Times. He believes that our understanding of the global climate system today is no better than it was in 1975. Pruden also is unconvinced of global warming because annual global average temperatures are not going up in a straight line, that is, because there have in the past 50 years been some years and patches of years that were cooler than preceding sets of years; e.g., “Between 1998 and 2005, global average temperatures actually went down.” He also notes that it is absurd to worry about “the planet’s colder neighborhoods [getting] a little warmer than they used to be …”
He also thinks that Al Gore is a silly man for worrying about such things.
One of the core weaknesses of the so-called “conservative” world view is the belief that the world is much bigger and more incomprehensible than it actually is, specifically that the world is so big that it is out of control of the individual, and, for that matter, of the human race. Under this view, shared by wide-eyed rural tots everywhere visiting the county fair for the very first time from the safety of their parents’ arms, it is absurd and impossible to think that man could ever change (that is to say, from Pruden’s fearful viewpoint, conquer) the world: “Icebergs floating too far south? Man did it. Torrential rains in Monument Valley? Blame it on global warming. A drought in Tacoma-Seattle? Fog in Phoenix? Man set fire to the globe.”
Conversely, the so-called “liberal” world view is in part founded on a realization that what we know as “the Whole Wide World” is in fact nothing but a tiny blue mote in a truly large place called “the Universe.” Reminds me of Ambrose Bierce’s definition of “cynic” as “a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.”
Back to Pruden: Somebody, get this man a pacifier. There, there, little Wessie. You go back to sleep, and let the grown-ups handle this.
UPDATE: Rob G in comments said:
This is a good graphics link. Also puts into perspective the 1998-2005 “cooling.”
Conservatives believe what they want to believe.
Thanks, Rob. Make sure to scroll down to see the thousand-year chart of global surface temperature. Looks like the Serengeti Plains coming to Kilimanjaro. There was a dip in 1998-2005? Gimme a break, Wes.