A vicious circle of statements?

What is the relevant question to be asked? What do we need to debate?

Is it: Is the science correct?

Is it: Are the conclusions drawn from the science correct? That is: the ‘narrative’.

Or is it: Which risks are we willing to take?

I see discussions on the first.

There are certainly different views on the implications of the scientific findings. The participants in the debate disagree on the narrative.

But are we putting enough effort in the arguments and the discussion of acceptable risks and how to weigh different kinds of risks? My subjective impression is this is not adequately discussed. Statements are issued but beyond that?

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4 thoughts on “A vicious circle of statements?

  1. Media and blogs could shift the focus to this. The risks have to be presented first to be contested and they aren’t. The publications talk about emotive pictures of destruction but not the risks for society/the public. If someone wants to talk about economics then give them numbers about economical impacts.

    However I would say the “advantages”-people are a minority of those stating “there’s no problem”. They may be loud in blog-comments but they (generally) are not influential. And yes I’m aware of politicians worldwide using this argument. Assuming they are influential, show them the disadvantages and ask them what the advantages are.

  2. I am no expert on the the risks, nor on the costs of the various solutions, but that information is available and contained in the next two IPCC reports. It hope that the publication of these report will generate some attention for these real political discussion points.

    I guess that much of such a sensible discussion in the media is not not present because that space is taken up by nonsense discussions about whether the climate is changing due to man. That is a debate where I can sometimes say something useful, but that is not the debate we should be having.

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