Anyone who has lived in a big city like London, and who sometimes got out into the country, will have experienced the Urban Heat Island Effect. Only an idiot would deny that lots of human activity has a warming effect. And I do not think anyone sensible denies that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. By the same token, only an idiot – IMHO – would be not be sceptical of the doom mongering of activists like Al Gore, particularly in light of the insignificant amount of warming (if any) this century.
Matt Ridley is a good example of a lukewarmer, and has just blogged a very good piece on how this goes down. He also includes a sort of a credo for those who are not neo-religious on the topic
, by Marlo Lewis. Like Matt Ridley, this seems to me to be to be rather a good summary for those of us who believe in humanity rather than doctrine:
“In general, I would describe a ‘lukewarmer’ as someone who:
- Thinks anthropogenic climate change is real but very far from being a planetary emergency.
- Takes due notice of the increasing divergence between climate model predictions and observations and the growing body of scientific literature challenging IPCC climate sensitivity estimates.
- Regards the usual pastiche of remedies — carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, renewable energy quota, CO2 performance standards – as either an expensive exercise in futility or a ‘cure’ worse than the alleged disease (depending how aggressively those policies are implemented).
- Is impressed by — and thankful for — the immense albeit usually unsung benefits of the CO2 fertilization effect on global agriculture and green things generally.
- Recognizes that poverty remains the world’s leading cause of preventable illness and premature death.
- Understands that plentiful, affordable, scalable energy (most of which comes from CO2-emitting fossil fuels) is essential to poverty eradication and progress towards a healthier, safer, more prosperous world.”
I do not know anything about Marlo Lewis, except that he apparently plays the mandolin.