How A Conservative Became A Climate Change Believer…

No doubt about it, climate change is a controversial issue.  Even though hard science supports it, the idea that human activity is altering the earth’s climate is too far fetched for some.

Unfortunately, climate change has become a highly politicized issue in recent years. Instead of looking at it through the eyes of science, some people tend to view climate change as a political arguing point.

This development is incredibly unfortunate, and significantly hampers progress towards finding solutions.

As some of my followers know, I was raised on a cattle ranch in Montana.  As a result, many of my friends and family are quite conservative.  To this day they just don’t believe the earth’s climate can be altered by human activity.

Believe it or not, it wasn’t that long ago that even I didn’t believe in climate change…

But after my kids were born I decided to take a closer  look at the science behind the issue.  After all, it’s their future hanging in the balance.

I finally accepted the scientific realities of climate change after I took an unbiased look at the data presented by trusted scientific research organizations- like NASA.

To be clear, I still consider myself a fairly conservative person on many social issues.  But I now understand climate change and the risks society faces because of it.  This is a leap in thinking that many conservatives haven’t made just yet.

If you’re a conservative and can’t accept the scientific truths behind climate change, keep reading…

According to Scientific American, 47% of conservatives now accept the science behind climate change.  That’s a positive leap of 19 points since 2014.  While it’s a movement in the right direction, there’s still a large segment of society who believes climate change is hogwash.

What’s standing in their way?

Let’s be honest.  In many cases it’s biased thinking.  Fact is, a lot of people are involved in some industry or activity that doesn’t have a promising outlook in a clean energy future. The coal industry is a perfect example.

Or maybe it’s their political affiliation.  Many long-time Republicans I know simply refuse to accept the reality of climate change.

I’ll admit, it’s tough to put aside decades of engrained political thinking and take an unbiased look at a different viewpoint, especially the science behind climate change.  But that’s what we as a society must do in order to avert a climate disaster for future generations.

It’s amusing how some of my conservative friends label me a liberal (which I’m not) now that I’m promoting renewable energy and raising climate change awareness.  To me this is proof of how political biases get in the way of climate progress.

Oh, and let’s not forget about religion…  

For many the idea of a changing climate doesn’t mesh with religious beliefs.  I’m wary of venturing too far into this subject because in the end it all boils down to faith.  As you’re likely aware, arguing over faith will ultimately turn into a complete waste of time.  You’re very unlikely to alter someone’s religious beliefs.

Here are the facts folks…

Regardless of your political outlook, biases, or religious beliefs, climate change is a reality that’s happening here and now.  Science is proving it more definitively with each passing day.

We can either choose to accept the scientific facts behind this phenomenon and start doing something about it now, or we can be forced to do something about it later- and from a much worse position.

To a clean energy future,

Justin

*Editor’s Note*  After posting this article, a reader pointed out to me that I failed to acknowledge the fact there are rational, reasonable, and thinking individuals  who fail to believe in climate change.  For them the science simply isn’t strong enough for them to accept the harsh realities of climate change.  Fair enough.  You can see the discussion below in the comments section.

If this sounds like you,  I beg you to dig a bit deeper into the science of climate change.

As I did, you’ll eventually discover the science is indeed strong enough to prove we’re in trouble.  Eventually (hopefully), as a reasonable, rational, and thinking person you’ll come to the conclusion that the risks of doing nothing about climate change are simply too big.

We can’t ignore the science any longer. We must come together as a society and embrace all forms of renewable energy to slow the effects of abrupt climate change.

To a clean energy future,

Justin

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. The things that prevent me for accepting human-caused climate change as a fact:

    1. Every scientific study on the subject ever done basically indicates that the climate on this planet has been in a constant state of flux, going back and forth from hot to cold. Shouldn’t it therefore be expected that our climate will continue to change? Given that expectation, you’d need to isolate the influence of natural factors in order to be able to say, “Hey, this part is due to nature. This remaining part is due to humans.” I just don’t think that our knowledge of the science is advanced enough to make such a definitive statement at this point in time.

    2. I am a huge believer in hard science, and in my experience, hard science is always saying, “Prove it!” Even though Einstein’s theory of relativity is almost 100% accepted by everyone as hard fact, physicists still spend entire careers testing minor aspects of the theory. Contrast that with the behavior of climate scientists. They seem to pretty much say, “Hey, we’re right. If you disagree in any little way, you’re wrong. Period. And hey, because we’re so right, you need to spend trillions of dollars to fix this. Oh, and keep feeding us that grant money so that we can confirm you’re doing the right thing.” So I’m troubled by both their attitude (we’re right vs prove it) and by the appearance of impropriety as far as them trying to set policy instead of just trying to determine the facts.

    The reason I commented wasn’t to try to convince you that I’m right. You have your beliefs. I have mine. I doubt either of us are going to make a dent in the others’.

    When you’re speculating about why people who disagree with you believe what they believe, however, please at least give them the credit they deserve as rational, reasonable, thinking individuals.

    Thanks.

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    1. jsvietor says:

      Hello onereasonable,

      Thanks for your courteous and thought provoking comment. Believe it or not, for many years I had nearly the identical thought process as you. I thought the earths climate system is too complex, therefore scientists can’t prove climate change is real and therefore there’s nothing I need to do about it. I also considered myself to be a rational, reasonable, and thinking person. But after digging deeper into the science of climate change after my kids were born I discovered the science was much stronger than I previously thought. Therefore, the unacceptable risks of climate change became too much for me to ignore anymore. And at that point, I decided I had to become a part of the solution.

      One of my family members I love dearly uses the same argument as you:”The earth’s climate has always been changing, so why are scientists freaking out about the changes we’re seeing now?” As you’re likely aware, the answer to that question isn’t a short one. I’ll leave it to you to research it. But the simple version of the science is— The scientific method has undeniably proven that the Co2 we’re pumping into the atmosphere via fossil fuel burning is rapidly warming the earth’s climate via the greenhouse effect. The abrupt climate changes we’ll witness will happen over 100 years instead of the 1,000’s it takes with natural climate change. It will happen far too fast for species to adjust and we’ll very likely see mass extinctions and immeasurable human suffering by the early 2100’s.

      But to be perfectly honest, this blog isn’t meant to convince people of climate change. That would likely end up being pointless arguing over science- not my idea of a good time. Instead, this blog is simply meant to get the average person who doesn’t give climate change much thought, to start thinking about the possible outcomes of abrupt global warming. I believe that if people truly understood the risks better, they’d be much more open to making changes in their lives, and on their own terms. This holds especially true if you have kids and want them to experience a bright, abundant, and healthy future.

      What’s more, I also want to promote the undeniable financial and environmental benefits of clean energy. Even if you don’t believe in climate change you can benefit from renewable energy via cleaner air and long-term monetary savings- as is the case with rooftop solar.

      Thank you for commenting and getting the discussion started. I welcome more thoughtful and courteous posts.

      Respectfully,
      Justin

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