Not only in Western Europe are people doubting the assertions made by warmists, but people in Eastern Europe too. In fact they’ve been ahead of the “enlightened” western Europeans on this issue.Naturally the warmists are not amused by this. Their take on the debate in general is: “Just shut up, believe me, and don’t ask questions.”
NTZ reader Juraj Vanovcan brings our attention to an opinion piece here in the online Slovak daily SMEsk written by sociologist Tomáš Gális, who wants to distance himself from the alarmists, called:
And what if it is not warming anymore?”
Juraj was kind enough to translate the piece into English for me, and now I offer the following brief analysis.
Gális thinks that much of the belief in AGW stems from the human need to believe in some religion, and is not based on rational scientific observation.
I really do not have a clue whether the world is warming or not. But I have a growing feeling that the whole affair has become a question of belief, or some kind of pseudo-religious conviction.”
Gális adds later:
For me as a layman, the biggest source of doubts is the religious drive of AGW fighters. I felt it most pronounced last year in Copenhagen. “Hopenhagen“ was not only a place of climate summit, but it seemed to me as a big religious meeting, where everyone expected some kind of miracle from US president Obama.”
Much of Gális’sdoubt stems from errors in the IPCC 2007 Report, sloppy meteorological measurement of temperatures, the invalidation of the hockey stick graph, and that temperatures have stagnated since 1998. There are simply just too many inconsistencies out there that have lead to doubt.
Another red flag were the tired, repeated slogans that the warmist use as substitutes for scientific discourse. Gális:
Also arguments, such as “most scientists agree“, “skeptics are paid by big oil“, “we are better off to reduce our consumption as a preventive measure“ and forecasts for year 2100, which are barely testifiable, sound suspicious to me. It is suspicious that alarmists (from ranks of scientists, journalists or politicians) consider CO2 and other gases as universal initiators of climate changes and the climate change for universal initiator of many events – from floods and hurricanes, to wars.”
Gális sums it up nicely with:
As Chesterton wrote, when people will stop believing in God it does not mean they will believe in nothing; but that they will believe in anything.”
Gális makes plain what seems to escape many: when people start substituting scientific arguments with emotional pleas and dogmatism, then you know something is up.