This one is too easy. Even though no one at ForceChange is a professional scientist, we apparently know more about science than CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers (yes, this Chad Myers). Appearing on Lou Dobbs Tonight (who took time off from advocating protectionism and xenophobia to question climate change), Myers states:
“You know, to think that we could affect weather all that much is pretty arrogant. Mother Nature is so big, the world is so big, the oceans are so big– I think we’re going to die from a lack of fresh water or we’re going to die from ocean acidification before we die from global warming, for sure.”
Of course, Myers is not the first skeptic to make this bizarre the “world is so big we are arrogant to think we can change it” argument. We’re not sure who first articulated it, but the logic behind it is pretty weak. Arrogance is a social behavior exhibited by humans, not a scientific observation of the natural world. To make an assertion that “we are not changing the climate because it would be arrogant to think we are changing the climate” is an inapposite argument that is just silly. Of course, what is needed to properly analyze climate change is scientific observation of facts regarding the natural world. Unfortunately for Myers, this too is missing from his argument.
In the video above, he makes the point that we do not have enough data to understand the climate because he says we’ve only been keeping track for about “100 years.” Again, unfortunately for Myers, he disregards, or is unaware of the fact that scientists are able to analyze the climate for thousands of years into the past through techniques ranging from looking at ice core samples to tree rings.
Yet despite this misinformed understanding of the evidence, Myers still claims to have enough data to know that we are not changing the climate. George Orwell had a name for that type of statement.
Of course, the shortcomings in the arguments made by climate change skeptics and deniers are extensive. However, the scientific evidence behind climate change is similarly overwhelming… And for us to think that in spite of all this evidence that it is alright for humans to continue along this destructive path is– hmmm, what’s the word for it?… Oh yeah–