Want to make money? I’ve got a great investment opportunity for you! Don’t worry about the details--just give me your money and you’ll profit. Ignore the fact that 97% of financial investors disagree with my plan. My intuition tells me that this is a safe bet.
Most rational people would hesitate to trust me with their money, at least without evidence. Skeptics would challenge: “Why should we trust you?”
Randomly put 100 climate scientists in a room, and 97 would say that humans affect Earth’s temperature. Out of that hundred only three disagree.
Now, honest people are free to disagree. And we know that the scientists’ conclusions are only opinions. Their opinions are informed by the evidence, however. And after looking at the available evidence, 97% agree that climate change is “very likely” caused mainly by human activity.
Farmers will be hit hard by a changing climate. Pests and crop-yields will fluctuate wildly. And climate-change will create uncertainty in global markets, which affects local producers. Even Monsanto is concerned.
Additionally, we know that a renewable wind industry can bring billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to Nebraska and the midwest. Ignoring the facts on climate change stifles these opportunities, sending the jobs elsewhere.
Experts and scientists can be wrong. Science is “the belief in the ignorance of experts,” after all. We shouldn’t trust someone because they’re an “expert.” We should trust them because they share their evidence and reasoning. They have to earn our trust, just like financial traders have to earn our investment.
You wouldn’t hand over your money without proof. Nobody wants to end up like Jack in the story, selling the cow for a handful of promises. Despite the enchanting fairytale, we know there are no magic beans. We live in a world of cause and effect.
So while we may (partially) be causing climate-change...we can also affect it.
The beanstalk of green energy is a step towards our bright future.
You can reach Paul Mansoor via telephone (402-687-2103 x 1028), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and you can follow him on Twitter @paul_at_cfra