Because now the Brits don't believe in global warming either. I thought they were smarter than that. This is the home of Newton and Darwin. I can't believe we let these people build our exploding oil platforms. And, even scarier is why people have stopped thinking global warming is real. One major reason, pollsters say, is "we had a very cold, snowy winter." Which is like saying the sun might not be real because last night it got dark. And my car is not real because I can't find my keys.
And that's the problem with our obsession to always see two sides of every issue equally, especially when one side has a lot of money. It means we have to pretend there are always two truths, and the side that doesn't know anything has something to say. On this side of the debate, every scientist in the world; on the other, Mr. Potato Head.
There is no debate here. It's just scientists versus non-scientists. And since the topic is science, the non-scientists don't get a vote. We shouldn't decide everything by polling the masses. This is the fallacy called argumentum ad numerum, the idea that something is true because great numbers believe it. As in, "Eat s**t: 20 trillion flies can't be wrong."
Or take this recent headline: "TV Weathercasters Divided on Global Warming." Who gives a s**t? My TV weathercaster is a bimbo with big tits who used to be on a soap opera on Telemundo. Mainstream media, could you please stop pitting the ignorant versus the educated and framing it as a debate?
Because the last decade, year and month are all the hottest on record. And then there's the floods, the killing of the oceans, category 5 hurricanes, giant wildfires, the vanishing water supply...you know, the little things. And yet, deniers say, it's just a theory. As is gravity. You know, for progress to happen, certain things have to become not an issue anymore, so we can go on to the next issue.
And yet, by the time we had all reached age eleven, even though we still none of us had actually seen the flap, the consensus of opinion was overwhelming for the penis-vagina theory. It was no longer an issue.
-- Bill Maher