As regular readers know, I believe that the Earth’s climate is changing in undesirable ways, that this change is being driven primarily by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and that human activity (both carbon emissions and logging the rain forests that turn the greatest amount of carbon dioxide into oxygen) is to blame.
Not coincidentally, this is essentially the view of the vast majority of climate scientists, whose work, comprising more than 30,000 studies dating back decades, many of those studies confirming earlier findings, would seem to put this question beyond the range of rational dispute — the key word, of course, being “rational.”
when rationality fails, I fall back on Occam’s (or, as my research textbook spells it, Ockham’s) razor, which sounds painful. But Occam’s razor is actually a principle of logic: In plain English, it means that all other things being equal, the simplest explanation for a problem is most likely correct.
And so it is in the spirit of Occam’s razor that I present the following graphic, created by Brooke Jarvis.
But when challenged with the notion that perhaps government spending on climate research has been omitted Lex Alexander, living up to settled science of a "vast majority of climate scientists", proudly claims he is finished discussing facts. Never mind he continues to post on those topics he is finished discussing.
Bound by factualized desire, the poorest journalist questions the least. And that is what we find in Lex Alexander.