Accepting the Reality of Climate Change

Accepting the Reality of Climate Change

I certainly don’t agree with those who deny the existence of climate change, but I can relate to the mindset. I’m a natural born contrarian, so I get the impulse to resist consensus, especially if people are telling me I have to accept it.

When I was nine year-old my family moved to Michigan. It was made clear to me soon after that the University of Michigan had the best college football team, Bob Seger was the best rock singer, and Vernors was the best ginger ale. I immediately began to root for Ohio State, actively shun Bob Seger, and insist that Vernors wasn’t even real ginger ale. (I know, what a jerk.)

I eventually came around on some of it. I gave up on Ohio State after Woody Hayes demonstrated what a terrible person he could be by punching an opposing player during a bowl game. I still don’t care much for Seger, but I will acknowledge his talent and skill. (Ted Nugent remains, as always, objectively awful.) And, yeah, Vernors is more ginger ale than most sodas with “ginger ale” in their names.

So c’mon now fellow contrarians, it’s well past time for you to come around on climate change. And it’s not just the massive erosion of the Lake Michigan shoreline that has caused houses to start falling into the water. Or even the disastrous scale of those horrible Australian bushfires. It’s the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community.

Why? Because they are the biggest bunch of contrarians around. There is nothing more coveted in the scientific community than being able to disprove the findings of another scientist. But they have to do it with facts, not feelings. It’s time for us to give up on our feelings and go with the facts.

1 Comment »

  1. John V said,

    January 12, 2020 @ 12:53 pm

    hi John,
    I usually enjoy your comics, but this one seems a little off.

    I don’t think there is much connection between global climate change and Lake Michigan shoreline erosion. I grew up around Benton Harbor in the 60s and 70s, that was also a time of high lake levels. (well before higher temperature trends were evident) Lots of houses went over the edge then. My brother had a summer job of installing “sea-walls”.

    Further, only a few years ago, Great Lakes levels were at near record lows. That was 15 (?) years into this period of pretty obvious human-caused climate change.

    I’m also a contrarian, but more along the lines of “Four Great Lakes” — really Michigan-Huron is one lake.

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