Hong Wu wrote:Some further thoughts I've had on climate change:
What are prerequisites to believe in climate change?
The only thing needed is the ability to read and critically analyse scientific papers.
(1) A lack of a belief in God in any active, benevolent kind of way. You could still believe in God while believing in climate change as a serious threat but it would be a God that would allow people to destroy their own planet; I'm not sure how that can mesh with lots of the other liberal conceptions of God.
No. Many climatologists believe in the Christian god.
The only relationship between climate science and belief in god is that some Christians and Creationists and therefore do not believe in the validity of the natural sciences. This is very rare outside the US, so it is ignored most of the time.
(2) A persistent belief in climate experts despite many incidents of incorrect predictions and faked data. This is a very strong belief in authority figures and experts.
First of all, there have been very few incorrect predictions by climate scientists, and there is no faked data.
If you think incorrect predictions and faked data are the norm, you probably have a persistent belief in the authority and expertise of the liars who peddled this information.
(3) Accepting either the Green New Deal or having an interesting take on Germany's failed projects; what are we actually supposed to do about it?
If you think that all people wanting to do something about climate change are married to these two things, whatever they are, then you are wrong.
(4) A weird blind spot regarding nuclear power since if we strictly wanted to go zero-emissions, wouldn't the occasional nuclear problem be worth saving the planet?
I have no problem with nuclear energy.
But conservatives have problems with handing out nuclear technologies to the global south. I have no problem with Iran having a nuclear program. Do you?
Hong Wu wrote:This is absurd. No one has successfully implemented renewables in a way that matches their goals ....
This is incorrect. Quebec, for example, gets most of their power from hydro-electricity.