Teaching Climate Change To Skeptics

Teaching Climate Change To Skeptics

There are 2 comments on the Forbes.com story from Sep 9, 2013, titled Teaching Climate Change To Skeptics. In it, Forbes.com reports that:

A few years ago, Joseph B. Lassiter traveled to San Francisco, Houston, and New York to hold discussions with Harvard alumni on the topic of business and the environment.

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Etobicoke, Canada

#1 Sep 9, 2013
I see nothing about 'skeptics' here. It seems to be about denialists who take their cues from political platforms and industry funded cranks. There is no 'skeptic alternative' published in the journals giving a basis for challenge of AGW theory. All in opposition to the science which is the fundamental substance.

"“It seems clear that no one can know exactly what’s going to happen–the climate is a hugely complex system, and there’s a lot going on,” wrote Henderson, the John and Natty McArthur University Professor.“But as businesspeople we should be aware that the vast majority of the world’s scientists who study the relevant science from a wide range of perspectives believe that continuing to emit large quantities of CO2 significantly increases the risk of a range of bad outcomes. They may be wrong. But it seems to me foolish to bet that they are certainly wrong.”"

The fundamental confusion here is that good and bad outcomes are somewhat irrelevant to the planet which doesn't CARE if the Midwest becomes a desert or Ft. Lauderdale becomes flooded. The probability of 'negative outcomes' is almost a certainty because ANY change will be for the worse. This is because we have built TRILLIONS of dollars of infrastructure based on a STABLE climate that we are now disrupting. No reputable scientist will tell you that there will be NO changes. The SCALE of the problems is debatable to some degree, but not the fact that most of them will be NEGATIVE in the pocketbook and the more we delay taking action, the worse it gets.

Snohomish, WA

#2 Sep 9, 2013
The following beginnings show where Forbes is heading:

Business School aims to shift the debate about climate change .....to a practical conversation about ..... reward.
......topic of business and the environment.....
Environmental Management at Harvard Business School.......
..... the government interferes with economic growth........
......Harvard Business School’s Business and Environment Initiative (BEI) aim to shift the debate to a practical conversation about business assessment.

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