Author: Jay R. VanOrman
This will not be an easy task for you. You are going to need other tactics than calling me names, ending the discussion by saying “science” or threatening to put me in jail. Those actions make me want to drag my feet in the dirt hard, and not listen to anything more you might say. Don’t tell me things like I need to do my part; when you fly in a private jet. Don’t tell me I have a closed mind.
I really don’t want to see your hockey stick. That is just a non-starter with me. If what you say is true, you can find other ways of proving to me climate change is caused by our actions as a species. It would also be helpful to your argument to avoid citing temperature data. It seems to have been changed from its original numbers. Also, the locations of many official temperature readings are not in the same location, nor the same type of physical environment they were originally set up a century or more ago.
I would rather focus on the positive things you could do, to convince me that anthropogenic climate change is real. I am not going to even bother trying to counter any of your arguments with climate change is not a real thing. The ice age ended. I think that is proof enough the climate changes. But for all the arguments I have heard of man-made climate change, you would think primitive man melted all the glaciers when he discovered fire. I’m pretty sure natural lightning made more fires back then, than any Cro-Magnon, Neanderthal, or Homo sapiens tribe may have started.
You could tell me how many parts per million of carbon dioxide gas are present, but that alone will not be enough. You will need to include parts per million of water vapor and methane, both of which are far more powerful greenhouse gases than CO2 is. I would have thought modern agriculture would have had an impact that would have at least been a part of the discussion. Oh, and then there’s bread, beer, wine, soda pop, and a lot of other things that make carbon dioxide gas, that are not part of your solution to stopping climate change. Any attempt you make to convince me, should at least address these things, otherwise what you are selling me is snake oil.
Something you could tell me is the partial pressure of carbon dioxide in earth’s atmosphere in relation to climate change. As oxygen is consumed to make CO2, its partial pressure decreases, while CO2’s goes up. I haven’t been able to find any source that shows this is changing. You see, I think that we would be having a hard time breathing, before anything man has done will affect the climate in any appreciable manner.
One last thing I would like to know, what are you planning on doing if you’re wrong? What if, for all the money spent implementing the Paris Accord, the climate still changes, and then what? If you do not take that into account, what do you plan to do when the waters rise? Sit back and eat popcorn?
I do not mention everything that gives me pause about climate change here. I do not feel like re-inventing the wheel, there are plenty of other people who make valid points that I have not touched upon. But my questions are ones that I have asked people who have resorted to calling me names, and asserted things about my mother; but never answered me. I do plenty of things to reduce my ‘carbon footprint’ not because I am a true believer, but because it is cheaper for me.
Author: Jay R. VanOrman
I earned a bachelor’s degree in English shortly before my 50th birthday. I have enough science credits, that if they gave them, I could have had a BS in English. I try to play well with others, but I aim to be a good man, not a nice man. I normally think outside the box. I’m a Navy veteran, and I do for a living what they once trained me to do.