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Posted Wed Dec 10 2008: from
Gwynne Dyer: Four harsh truths about climate change
About 70 interviews, a dozen countries, and 18 months later, I have reached four conclusions that I didnít even suspect when I began the process. The first is simply this: the scientists are really scared. Their observations over the past two or three years suggest that everything is happening a lot faster than climate models predicted. This creates a dilemma, because for the past decade they have been struggling against a well-funded campaign that cast doubt on climate change. Now, finally, people and even governments are listening. Even in the United States, the world headquarters of climate-change denial, 85 percent of the population now sees climate change as a major issue, and both major presidential candidates promised 80-percent cuts in American emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. The scientists are understandably reluctant at this point to announce publicly that their predictions were wrong, that it's really much worse, and that the targets will have to be revised. Most of them are waiting for overwhelming proof that climate change really is moving faster, even though they are already privately convinced that it is.
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'Doc Michael says:
When the scientists are afraid to admit they were underestimating -- well, it means they've been well-trained by the last eight years of ignorant "leadership."
When I read Dyer's straightforward, rational, sensible, and horrifying essay, I of course winced, but also felt like he was speaking more truth than I'd read in one essay for a long, long time.

Later, I came across this Letter to the Editor screed in response: Leftist fear-mongering on climate change.

What's that saying? "The blind shall always be with us" -- is that it?

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