John Horgan blogs at Scientific American on ‘Climate Change Facts Versus Opinions.‘ It’s a brilliant approach to the current state of the climate debate, in large part because of one key sentence Horgan writes: “So the list below, which is skewed toward issues I’ve written about, represents my opinion of what are facts and opinions.”
As it happens, I agree with most of his opinions on the facts of climate change. Where I disagree, it’s more because I think he should have added qualifiers to some of his statements of ‘Facts.’
For example, he writes as a ‘Fact’, “FACT: As a result of increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, global surface temperatures have increased by about one degree centigrade since 1880.”
If he were to rewrite it to get my agreement, he would only have to add the word ‘partially’ at the beginning of his sentence.
This is my introduction to John Horgan and I hope to read more of his posts and learn more quickly. Because this is the sanest approach I have seen to laying out the debate in quite some time.
That it appears on the Scientific American website is doubly refreshing. They have spent most of the past decade as a purveyor of some of the worst messaging about climate change imaginable. When they have been right they have been turgid, boring and hectoring. When they have been wrong, they have been stubborn, harmful and poisonous.
There’s hope for all of us.