Arguments for global warming being Man made

The Moral Issue of Man Made Global Warming
June 5, 2013 – 10:14 am

By Joachim Vogt Isaksen

The global warming debate is loaded with rhetoric, political polemics, and has become the defining moral cause of our time. It is not framed as a scientific question, but rather as one of being either morally right or morally wrong.

If you are a person who find the evidence of man made global warming compelling, you are lucky to be on “the morally right side”. If you on the other hand find that the theory may be subjected to some scientific doubt, you may expect to be characterized as an “irresponsible person with low moral standards who does not care for the future of the earth”. For most people it is easy to pick a choice among these two alternatives.

Yesterday Popular Social Science published an article pertaining to the theory of man made global warming. There seems to be wide agreement that global warming is taking place; what has been up to the debate is whether it is caused by human activity or not. We live in an age where science and reason is considered among societies highest values. Yet, within this issue there is no room for debate or discussion.

Criticism of the theory of man made global warming is not tolerated, even if it is based on research of the highest scientific standards. The critics have become scientific dissidents and are considered dangerous and even morally irresponsible. How is it possible that this may take place in an age where we often consider rationality to be at its historical peak?

To make it clear at once, the point of this opinion is not to criticize the theory of man made global warming itself. The main argument is to point out that this question involves serious scientific dispute and disagreement, and that this should be communicated to the public in a free and open debate.

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Popular Q&A
How is global warming is a man made process?

Two hundred and fifty years ago man began burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas). This released carbon that was stored underground 300 million years ago, during the Permian Period.
Releasing it now, as we do, adds carbon dioxide that is extra, and more then the natural carbon cycle can manage to remove from the atmosphere.
Another human activity which has increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is deforestation. By cutting down forests we remove the trees that can absorb vast quantities of carbon. Half the weight of a tree is carbon.
Carbon dioxide is a powerful greenhou…

Who started the man made global warming myth?

It was started in the 1880s by an unnamed person. In 1979, however, Mrs Margaret Thatcher elevated it to the status of a major international policy issue.

What are the arguments for man-made global warming?

  1. The increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere comes from burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas). We can test it and prove it.
  2. We know carbon dioxide absorbs heat in the atmosphere, and we know that more carbon dioxide holds more heat.
  3. We know that the world temperatures are rising. The ten warmest years on record have been since 1998.
  4. We know the oceans are warming. We know this expands the water and we have measured (satellite measurements) that sea levels are rising. We know, too, that glaciers are melting and their water runs into the sea.

These are just a few. There are many…

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