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There are people who go against the scientific consensus in many other areas as well. (climate change, evolution, vaccines, etc.) [/quote]
I shouldn’t join this but I’m OCD on some topics and AGW/Human caused Climate Change is one such.
If you think that “the science is settled” stop reading.
Science is never settled. Ever. Only a politician would say that. A true scientist never will. If that is a new idea, and not a reminder, again you can stop reading.
If you do have a shadow of a doubt, then perhaps you’ve noticed that over 30,000 American scientists signed their name to “The Petition Project” that says AGW/Human Caused Climate Change is at best an unproven hypothesis; that there is not sufficient evidence for the USA to sign on to what is known as the Kyoto Protocol, so the USA should not do it. If you Google Petition Project you’ll see the original and a lot of debate and a lot of bashing. If you care, you can read both sides. It probably won’t be pleasant, but you really should get both sides.
As with everything on the internet, you should note who is saying what, where it is presented, and yeah, what they actually say. If the critique is are about the person and not the facts or ideas, I recommend you dismiss the entire essay, regardless of which side it takes.
As with so many complex issues, people tend to pick an authority figure, and follow what they say. Unfortunately that means a decision based on faith. It does make complex things simple and hey, there are so many things in life and politics to decide, right? Still, where a question is a complex and controversial and scientific, it is better that you do some reading and make your own judgements.
Remember please, that plate tectonics was a career-ending hypothesis long before it became accepted science. Evolution was widely dismissed when first proposed, and is still controversial, if only in communities of faith.
I am not a climate scientist. I’m guessing you are not either. I have to go with meta data, and so do you, unless you act on your faith in an opinion leader or political correctness.
Better to do your own reading. Ignore essays with personal attacks on individual “doubters.” Focus on the facts selected by both sides to prove their cases. Look to actual the scandals, not wild accusations. See if you detect a pattern.
Finally, follow the money. Not claims & accusations - real money - there is a lot of disinformation out there. Who really gets funded? Who draws a paycheck? Who gets fired / de-funded and why?