Posted 4 years ago on Nov. 2, 2012, 2:54 p.m. EST by ShubeLMorgan2
from New York, NY
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The skeptic is me nd here's why: I do not trust "scientific consensus". Why? Here are a few: 1- For fifty years scientific consensus said that pregnant women ought to take Thalidomide. 2- Piltdown man. 3- The Planet Pluto. 4- Let's build nuclear power plants in the heart of major metropolitan areas because nuclear is safe, clean and too cheap to meter. 5- The milky way is the universe.(When I was a kid we were given these old pre WWII textbooks sort of a one volume encyclopaedia in which for example Mussolini was praised - and in the "Astronomy" chapter we were told that the milky way is just so vast it must encompass all that there is). 6- The earth is flat and it is at the center of the universe. 7- According to science Bees can't fly. (Urban legend?) 8- Oh and a big one! With the advent of penicillin it is no longer necessary to make sanitation a priority in hospitals.
Okay, now today's consensus is that human activity is causing climate change. I still am skeptical. I cannot trust my own knowledge and ability to either agree or not agree based on what gets presented and I don't trust scientists (I do trust the scientific method and science as such). But it is now clear as day, loud as an atom bomb, that something is going on with our climate! Being a New yorker I always thought I was a universalist, a citizen of the world but I guess at heart I am a New Yocentric provincialist. It took sea water rushing into our subway system and power plants to wake me up. And I now see damn, a once in a century drought and heat wave in Russia, the same in the US heartland and now this! All within the space of a few months!
It is now so obvious that something is not right that Michael Bloomberg who I dislike has endorsed Obama mainly because the GOP refuses to acknowledge climate change and there is at least hope that a Democratic administration could possibly take this thing seriously! Governor Cuomo, (who is rightly called Governor one percent) also is on board as apparently is the man who nominated Mitt Romney, big loud Chris Christie of New JersePS- my friends frogmanofborneo and fiftyfourfifty have been banned for being too militantly anti racist. Well, OWS is sort of a white poser power trip anyhow....