With apologies to C S Lewis
“Anthropogenic Global Warming, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.“
Why do I say this? I say this, not because AGW is my new religion but, because I believe this is not an issue to which people should or can be indifferent. If you feel that this is a subject that is not important enough to warrant your having a settled opinion, then, with the greatest of respect, I believe you do not understand the subject.
I believe the science is settled, if for no other reason that this: To claim otherwise, is to invoke a conspiracy theory that makes the 9/11 Truth Movement’s claims seem plausible by comparison. That being the case, AGW poses a serious threat to the habitability of the planet for humans and for many other species; simply because of the speed with which it is now likely to happen. All we have seen so far is the Overture to what is very likely to be a work on the scale of Gustav Mahler’s Ring Cycle.
Why? Because of positive feedback effects and tipping points that mean that, far from slowing down or going into reverse, the vast majority of suitably-qualified scientists actively involved in relevant research believe the warming trend is now set to accelerate. It was for this reason that some of the scientists attending the 4 Degrees and Beyond Conference in Oxford two years ago, as observed by Clive Hamilton, admitted to being troubled by “despair, frustration and sleeplessness” (because of the glacially-slow pace of action to tackle the problem).
Therefore, anyone who tells you that AGW is not a problem is merely “fiddling while Rome burns”, or seeking to “shuffle the deckchairs on the Titanic”; and anyone who tells you that the research scientists producing the findings they dispute are “merely in it for the money” is being totally disingenuous and/or doesn’t actually know many scientists.
Therefore, as with the financial crisis, our environmental crisis is not some kind of divine judgement on a wayward species, it is the consequence of the abysmal misjudgement of that wayward species!