To the editor: Most of us when confronted with a medical issue will seek advice from medical professionals skilled in a field related to our problem. If we have an issue with our vehicle, we look for a shop that employs professional mechanics with decades of experience. If we need house repairs, we ask around to find an experienced professional who will do a good job. These are all logical approaches we use to find answers since we all pride ourselves in being logical.
But when we turn to the problem of climate change, many of us stop being logical and turn to politicians for the “best” information on this issue. Wait, what? Is this really logical? It makes no sense whatsoever to go to folks who have no knowledge of how the Earth’s complex systems work, yet many of us do just that. In the examples above, we tend to seek out answers from individuals or groups that have years to decades of experience related to the issue before us. Why do we, as logical thinking individuals, dismiss the conclusions of experts in the field of climate?
Presently 98% of scientists worldwide who actively work in the field are in agreement that we are the primary cause of the global warming being experienced, including the more severe and frequent storms. Those who dismiss the problem with jokes about the fact that we continue to have severe snowstorms do not understand the complexity of our climate system. Those who study it, and those of us who have a basic understanding of fluid dynamics, accept the fact that we are facing a very serious problem with limited time to address it.
There is an excellent quote from a well-known (deceased) scientist and author, Isaac Asimov, that explains this problem. “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”