OK, so I’m running a bit late. My apologies, life got a bit exciting…
Back to Global Warming. Why do so many people listen to the opinions of “Experts” who don’t have a clue? Let’s take Al Gore.
To quote the Wikipedia entry on Al Gore:
Gore enrolled in Harvard College in 1965, initially planning to major in English and write novels, but later deciding to major in government. On his second day on campus, he began campaigning for the freshman student government council, and was elected its president.
Although he was an avid reader who fell in love with scientific and mathematical theories, he did not do well in science classes in college, and avoided taking math. His grades during his first two years put him in the lower one-fifth of the class. During his sophomore year, he reportedly spent much of his time watching television, shooting pool, and occasionally smoking marijuana. In his junior and senior years, he became more involved with his studies, earning As and Bs. In his senior year, he took a class with oceanographer and global warming theorist Roger Revelle, who sparked Gore’s interest in global warming and other environmental issues. Gore earned an A on his thesis, “The Impact of Television on the Conduct of the Presidency, 1947-1969”, and graduated with an A.B. cum laude in June 1969.
Note that he’s an English Major who was lousy at Science. Now there’s nothing wrong with being an English Major, who is interested in writing. There are a lot of English Majors who have made a decent living out of writing.
My point is that he doesn’t have the skills to evaluate Global Warming theories.
During the New Hampshire Primary Mitt Romney said:
My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.
His opinion is useless. Romney holds a law degree. He hasn’t got the scientific training to evaluate the problem.
OK, now I’ve beaten up on American Politicians, how about some Canadian ones?
Stephen Harper has a degree in economics. From Wikipedia:
He attended Northlea Public School and, later, John G. Althouse Middle School and Richview Collegiate Institute, both in Central Etobicoke. He graduated in 1978, and was a member of Richview Collegiate’s team on Reach for the Top, a television quiz show for Canadian high school students. Harper then enrolled at the University of Toronto but dropped out after two months. He then moved to Edmonton, Alberta, where he found work in the mail room at Imperial Oil. Later, he advanced to work on the company’s computer systems. He took up post-secondary studies again at the University of Calgary, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in economics. He later returned there to earn a master’s degree in economics, completed in 1993. Harper has kept strong links to the University of Calgary, where he often lectured students. Harper is the first prime minister since Joe Clark without a law degree.
Another politician without the skills to evaluate the problem.
Curiously the head of the Green Party, is a lawyer. An American lawyer!
Beginning in 1980, she worked her way through Dalhousie Law School as a mature student, graduating with an LLB in 1983, with then Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, writing her a letter of reference.
Again, another politician without the skills to understand the problem.
There’s nothing wrong with not having the skills
You don’t expect to call a lawyer to get your car repaired. You don’t expect to call a mechanic to get your will drawn up.
So why, oh why, would you listen to someone who doesn’t have the technical skills when they are giving you advice? Normally you wouldn’t. You’d tell them to stuff their advice somewhere very impolite. And painful.
But for some reason, we get a lot of people listening to their favorite politicians, and taking their uninformed guesses as gospel. Sorry folks. I don’t care how much you like someone – if they don’t have the skills they aren’t worth listening too.
Sunday January 19, 2014