Counting on technology to solve complex problem
Pete Haug (His View, Dec. 17) presents some wisdom but then contradicts himself. After saying “Diversity is strength,” he denigrates climate change skeptics by labeling them “deniers.”
No scientists and few informed people deny climate change. Climate is changing all the time. In the 1970s scientists and the news media were predicting a coming ice age and wringing their hands for a solution. In the late 1980s and 90s the fear mantra was “global warming.” After almost 20 years of no significant warming the claimed threatening crisis was changed to climate change.
Climate is multifaceted and quite complex. We are still a long ways from being able to predict it accurately even five or 10 years out. None of the 100-plus computerized prediction models have accurately predicted future temperatures, increasing ocean levels, Arctic and Antarctic ice melting, impacts on flora, fauna, and humans, etc. over the last 25 years. Science works best when there are sound challenges to proposed theories. If the proposed theories withstand the challenges, they begin to be accepted.
Climate change hypotheses have failed on numerous fronts and the forecasters of doom from Gore to the IPCC have consistently been wrong. The news media has greatly wronged the public by hammering every adverse weather incident and then neglecting the weather statistics which indicate the events are within the normal range.
“Clean energy” cannot be stored for the windless or sunless day. “Clean energy” is not clean in the sense that it takes fossil fuels to mine, process and transport the rare earths to make the windmills and solar panels. Windmills and solar panels are short-lived and there are significant environmental costs in their operation and disposal.
I agree with Pete, “We don’t know what the future holds,” but we do know technology continues to solve complex problems.