Fishel: Some final thoughts on climate change debate
Posted November 14, 2015
Earlier this year when I started to make my "Climate Change journey" public, I had many goals.
Ironically, the two that really stuck had nothing to do with science. I truly didn't understand why members of our two major political parties were so at odds on this issue, and why people of faith and people of science couldn't find any commonalities, either.
I wanted to make an attempt to cut through the nastiness, but alas, I'm not sure that's possible. To be honest, it appears we have way too many folks out there who are locked into their respective ideological trenches, and are all about beating their opponents into submission. It goes under the name of conviction and morality, but in the end, it is about winning.
It is nothing short of sad, and it is why I have distanced myself from both major political parties. Until one or both clean up their act, I have no interest in even holding their coats while they fight. So at least for now, I will focus on science and science alone. I'll talk about the basics of climate science and the very latest research findings. I will turn a deaf ear to attacks.
To respond to such would only do further damage to my hope of restoring civility to this conversation. I do accept science as a gift. It has given us, the inhabitants of Earth, more than we could ever imagined. I will not turn my back on it.
I will be honest about what is certain and what is still uncertain. The only thing I will be an advocate for is fundamentally solid science, and I will go wherever it takes me. All of you have an open invitation to come along with me on this journey.