One of the things I like about Potholer54 is his unfashionable technique of rejecting Global Warming claims that are bogus. Now before anyone gets their knickers in a twist thinking he is a Climate Change Denier, he certainly is not and if you take the time to watch his material you will rapidly discover most of his material is against the sceptics.
What he actually stands for is informed comment and education and I think the more evangelical proponents of GW (and some of the sceptics) should learn a lesson from him.
It is simple common sense to not support inaccurate data even (and especially) when it supports your view. As soon as you try to prop up an untruth, your opponents will have a handle to hang their hat on and you risk devaluing your other real data.
Climate Change sceptics already know how this has hurt their cause. Some early challengers of GW tried to claim the data was not accurate and subsequently lost the argument on historical records. The end result of this is that any other data they come up with is already tainted in the eye of the Public even though the data may be more credible. It’s not a new problem as the Greens can attest.
I’m thinking the whole argument needs a more accurate set of definitions these days. It would seem to me there are very few qualified folk who deny planetary warming so the pointy end is now if humans have been the cause, and more importantly, if we can make a difference by our actions. When I see media stories still playing with “is climate change real” I get impatient. Let’s get the discussion a bit further along. They don’t have to worry about losing headlines but they do have to get some skills into the reporting as this potholer clip shows.
Personally, I’m not qualified on climate matters but I am a qualified consumer and especially fond of living. If we eventually start to take action I would much prefer to see behavioural change than some “lets bomb the atmosphere” approach.
If we can get the media to forego the 10 second grab and put a bit of thought into the examination, we should be able to at least not make matters worse by going for a magic bullet.