Don’t be distracted

Patrick Hockey, Castlemaine

I must admit it has been frustrating to follow the letters pages of the Express in recent months and read the many letters engaging with climate change deniers.
Climate change denial, like belief in any conspiracy theory, does not respond to reality.
The problem is not that a small element insists on denying climate change, but in the large mainstream of society that accepts the science, acknowledges the daily reports of unprecedented weather events and feels they can do nothing.
There is an enormous amount we can do and of course will do as the situation worsens.
What is desperately required is more engagement by the natural leaders in the community. We need more people with experience in business and community agencies to become involved in the groups working in the community to bring about concerted action to improve the efficiency of our use of energy.
Climate change denial is best understood as an emotional response to the crisis but it should not be a distraction to the rest of society getting on with the task of addressing the problem.

3 thoughts on “Don’t be distracted

  • October 12, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Patrick! How old are you? You are repeating yourself!

    1. Didn’t you make the same appeal to authority only a few editions ago?
    Were you not taught the lesson of the naked Emperor in school? I can’t believe you’re still falling for old and obvious logical fallacies, especially when they’ve been pointed out to you more than once once before. The truth remains the truth even if nobody believes it, no matter how many leaders denounce it.

    2. You keep smearing me as a “denier”. As is so often the case when people can come up with no actual argument they resort to insults. And as is so often the case, the insults they use are things they themselves are guilty of. You yourself are the one in denial of the real-world evidence, and, by believing in the thoroughly discredited Mann and Jones faked graphs which are designed to portray climate change as something recent, you are in denial of actual, real, and measured climate change. I have confessed repeatedly here, mainly for your benefit, that I fully believe in climate change. What I don’t believe in, and you obviously do, is the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming Theory, although you repeatedly and wrongly refer to it as “climate change”. Anyway, what you petulantly call “denier” is actually the way science works “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts,” said the famous physicist Richard Feynman in a 1966 talk to high-school science teachers. Without falsification there is no science. Consensus is the business of politics and religion. Consensus is not science. Nor are the logical fallacies you so love, Appeal to Authority and Appeal to Experts.

    For someone who obviously has no idea about what you amusingly call, “the science”, as if it’s a monolithic unchanging block of dogma, you are remarkably indignant and vocal. Every time you write here there are so many things wrong that it would be a full time job trying to help your understanding, and certainly not something that could be attempted in the allotted 300 words or less.
    Especially when you keep repeating the same thing and seem to need things repeated to you. I’m starting to worry about you!

  • October 12, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Actually it never occurred to me that the term ‘denier’ was derogatory.

    • November 30, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      I’m not surprised.


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