I’m reminded over and over again how maddeningly unproductive arguments become when the participants throw around unsubstantiated claims and figures. It seems like this is happening more and more in a fast-paced society where no one has the time to dig into the details of an issue. I’m as guilty as the next person of forcefully defending a position that feels right but which I can’t back up with any hard facts.
David McCandless took the time to do a broad study of Global Warming arguments/counter-arguments and did the background-work to back up the components of each side. It’s shocking how deeply buried some of this information ended up being.
Perhaps now we can get down to the reality of the matter and move on from there into an argument worth having.