14 June 2007

Still More Imprecise Language

Just to throw one more item into the mix, why is it that "global warming" - the certain/potential catastrophe of all time - has now become "climate change"? The former is a much more precise; it is a much clearer statement. The later is not. There's a lot of wiggle-room in "climate change" from both political and scientific angles.

And therefore the change. In 2006, the year after hurricane Katrina, some predicted that there would be many powerful hurricanes. But they did not occur. So what happened to the inevitable, incontrovertible physical manifestations of "global warming"? If that can not be answered scientifically without debunking all or part of the theology of "global warming", then the name has to be changed.

And therefore the change. Now with "climate change" as the term of choice, any change can be used as evidence. Colder than normal winters - climate change. High winds off of the mountains in Colorado - climate change. Flooding in (place location here) - climate change. No lack of evidence can be supplied because the term itself is so broad, so undefined, that all things fit into it.

For a good read on the topic of global warming / climate change, its implications and underpinnings, you may want to read this article by the President of the Czech Repulic. As an economist, perhaps he's not fully qualified to talk about the particular science (but that doesn't get in the way of "gwcc" zealots), but he does provide another rational point of view, and a non-American one at that.


Jane Somebody said...

"Global Warming" sounds scary, and its effects now are pretty widely known. "Climate Change" sounds more gentle, and was created by ridiculous science-doubting media outlets and politicians. To account for hurricanes and weird snow storms that don't feel like global warming, a more accurate term would be "climate changed caused by global warming." But that's too many words for mainstream media. They aren't too swift.

Bob M. said...

Perhaps we could encompass the "Global Cooling" ideas of '75 and today's "Global Warming" all in one term...hence "Climate Change".

Nevermind that climate is not a static thing, to my understanding. If you didn't guess, I doubt the political-science of (insert Global Warming/Cooling/Changing term here).

And yes, "Climate Change" does sound more gentle, and like so many other euphemisms, it does not serve discussion very well.