They're so wrong, but I wish they were right
I really hope all those Nobel Prize winners and PhDs and assorted brainiacs are wrong, and a bunch of snarky dudes on the interwebz are right. I really hope that the increasingly disturbing reports from the climate change Death Star – there’s totally a Death Star, right? – are just part of a cunning plan by sneaky climate scientists to fill their secret underground lairs with even more swimwear models and gas guzzling sports cars, purchased with so-called research funds while the rest of us – well, some of us – live in fear of the lies they’ve been telling about runaway greenhouse effects. Because that’d be so much cooler than the alternative.
Probably not, though. It’s getting so that the climate change research is even less depressing and predictable than the reaction to it from the vast, weird coalition of deniers. Some of them sitting in their sandals and socks at the computer in the basement laundry, banging out angry retorts to anyone who dares even suggest there might be any problem at all. And some of them sitting very comfortably indeed, in fine suits, swirling snifters of brandy, in offices and boardrooms atop the highest towers of steel and glass.
There will never be enough evidence to justify the precautionary principle for these people. The profiteers I can understand, even admire in a way. They’re like tobacco company executives who know – they know from their own research – that they’re killing people. But they’re making out like bandits doing it, so why change? If everything did turn pear-shaped they’ll have the resources to secure a privileged and comfortable existence for themselves. Their sort always have.
The true non-believers, however. I don’t really get them. I’m willing to believe that consensus opinion of thousands of massively pointy-headed science-guys might be wrong, and that some comment troll from the outer suburban wastes has it nailed about the vast climate change conspiracy. Frankly, part of me is praying for that, because it would be double plus awesome. Civilisation gets to kick on! Huzzah!
But to see the reaction of the deniers to news that we might have broken the permafrost and the results of this could be much, much worse than even the most pessimistic climate change models predict, is to see why the human race might just be doomed.
Not the planet itself, of course. Just us and everything we’ve built.