Another day, another gaggle of apocalyptic global warming stories. It is obvious that The Tribune looks upon the issue with such unbridled conviction that critical thinking is no longer necessary.
Being a believer has even become a litmus test for politicians seeking the paper’s endorsement.
If the paper wants to fill its pages with “settled” science that isn’t, claim China has now agreed to play along when it hasn’t and trumpet “the hottest year on record” and an ocean acidity uptick as being meaningful, when the data are too statistically insignificant to draw any definitive conclusions, that only serves to discredit the seriousness of the entire proposition.
Opinion is one thing, but when news story after news story is run with nary a qualifying note about the long history of inaccurate warming projections or the wordplay behind the “97 percent of scientists agree” claim, that turns minor news into a major propaganda campaign.
Hyperbolic reaction and speculation feeds groupthink movements like this one, playing upon the natural desire of people to address perceived dangers.
Over time, observational data might eventually provide clarity on the validity of human impact claims, but the computer simulations so many rely upon today never will.