Mixing science and religion reminds us of Galileo

Is Global Warming A Religious Belief?

Why is it that the believers in the human causes of global warming are threatened by science and scientific facts to the contrary, such as presented by Mr. Clifford Dukes in his letter to the editor in Monday’s edition? A classic example is the response of your reader, Mr. H. Franz, in Tuesday’s A.M. Costa Rica, that “the debate is over.” As your reader Bob Normand expressed in Wednesday’s edition,”[m]aking assertions that a scientific fact is so does not make it so.”

To some, a belief that global warming is man-made has become a religious belief. History teaches us to tread carefully when we confuse religion with science. When Galileo in the 17th century expressed the view – supported by scientific facts – that the earth is not the center of the universe, he was convicted of heresy and given a life sentence of house arrest. And, there are some today who continue to believe – contrary to scientific facts – that the earth is flat. I wonder if adherents of the view that global warming is man-made have become contemporary examples of true believers, as described by Eric Hoffer in his book, “The True Believer”?

Mr. Dukes’ letter is a serious effort to present scientific facts in support of the view that global warming is not man-made, but is largely the result of other causes, primarily water vapor. If he is correct, doesn’t that suggest that we need to re-think our solutions to global warming, especially before we decide to impose a carbon tax on fuels?

David Jackson
San José

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