Please allow me to reply to the adrenaline producing, brain draining article (April 13,2017 “Resolve the climate change issue in court”.)
The suggestion to “resolve the climate change issue in court” is a suicide choice for the denier’s side!
The court relies on the testimony of expert witnesses, in this case, who have devoted their lives to the intricate study of why our planet is warming, not on non-researched, untested, selfserving opinions.
In a study to measure “the strength of the consensus on man-made global warming”, done by James Lawrence Powell (Google, You tube “Global Warming Is A Hoax”) 13,950 peer – reviewed climate articles had been published from 1991 to 2012.
Out of that total, 13,926 agreed with the conclusion that climate change is happening and that it is being caused by mankind.
Twenty-four scientists disagreed . Or put in percentages, less than 2/10ths of one per cent disagreed.
There is now a study on why people do not believe that climate change is caused by us. (Google; Climate Science: What You Need To Know”)
That study found that people tend to only respond to immediate threats, and since climate change harm is perceived to be sometime in the future, we don’t need to do anything about it right now.
We also tend to resist change, and tend to believe what we want to believe. Mainly that unpleasant things like car accidents, tornadoes or hurricanes will happen, just not to us.
Another insight that was sighted is that when a subject gets a lot of airtime or print exposure, people tune out because hearing about it becomes normal and normal does not grab our attention.
The final main finding was that peer pressure plays a big role.
We exist in groups and if our group is leaning one way on an issue, we will likely keep our mouths shut if we have an opinion that does not conform to the group.
I find it illuminating that people use their microwave ovens, their computers and routers, go for MRI’s, know about nuclear bombs and most believe that man has walked on the moon, but then find it difficult to believe that scientists can do experiments on how CO2 traps heat.
Go figure !