Paul M. Craig: Science and politics of climate change

Published: 11/26/2021 2:48:43 PM
Modified: 11/26/2021 2:48:26 PM

We’re in trouble; universal peril. Most of us know it (that’s science); most of us don’t know what to do about it (that’s politics). The problem is the dislocation of human settlement patterns directly cause by Earth’s changing climate.

When he was at the climate confab in Glasgow, President Joe Biden urged stricter limits on methane emissions. Earlier, Congressional hearings in late October substantially proved that the fossil fuel corporations distorted their daily business operational impact on climate change. Worse, during these hearings, Republican members tries to derail attempts to ascertain scientific truth.

We can say with a high degree of certainty that human activity is the main driver of today’s climate change: a crisis that is not in the future for our descendants, but that is killing humans and other biota every day around the world right now. Even the existence of eight billion methane and carbon dioxide emitting bipeds (us) affects the climate.

Still, there are scientific questions we must ask so that our mitigation of climate change doesn’t just make matters worse–as we have seen in the 1960snmidwest solutions to environmental pollution. As we abate human induced climate change we must ask such questions as how much Earth’s warming is caused by our Sun getting hotter; or, whether we are simply in a galactic hot spot.

We can’t keep turning our deserts into solar energy factories; we can’t keep despoiling our sea- and land-scapes with windmills; nor can we tie our green energy future to the storage capacity of lithium technology batteries.

We’re in an uncharted period of Earth’s evolution where our Enlightenment science attempts to control nature have bitten us in our backsides. Maybe our new answers will flow from post-modern patterns of inquiry.

Paul M. Craig

Northampton




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