For every single thing predicted by anyone at any time, there are skeptics. For every idea or event that happens, someone out there suspects that the truth is being hidden. The thing is, some things are just unexplainable, and other things can't be predicted with accuracy.
When it comes to climate change skeptics, there may be some point to their skepticism. Even climate experts have to agree, from time to time, with those that don't believe – their job is not an exact science. It's all a matter of perspective, and some may perceive the changing weather patterns as a normal part of life on earth.
Why are There Climate Change Skeptics?
Science isn't a definite thing – everyone knows that when it comes to testing and studies, sometimes things turn out far different than predicted. It's much like in the food industry, when eggs and coffee are good for you one week and bad for you the next.
There is no exact scientific way to predict when the weather is going to do something specific – even meteorologists make “estimations” based on weather from previous years weighed against the current weather patterns. It is in this guesstimates that climate change skeptics find their bearings.
There will always be skeptical people – and it's those skeptical people that push others to prove what they've said is right. Without skeptics, people would get away with completely fabricated ideas, instead of just coming up with ideas that need a little more work and more time to study the effects.
What Is the proof of Climate Change?
Even if the earth and humankind haven't yet delved into the next ice age or humans and wildlife haven't all died off because of a drought – does that mean that none of the speculation on climate change and global warming is real? Not really – but it gives skeptics a leg to stand on. What about the critical loss of honey bees?
The proof is in the weather, though. You can't deny noticing that there is more flooding, there are more tornadoes, hurricanes are hitting harder, forest fires are happening more often, and ice is melting faster than it should be. All of these things affect humans, animals, and food.
These weather extremes have led to the loss of crops, as well as various ecological changes. Climate change happens because of the fossil fuels and other toxins leaked into the air (thus into the atmosphere), and those same toxins (from things like pesticides) could be at fault for the depletion of honeybee colonies.
Proof or not, skeptics have a reason for everything – like the fact that these weather patterns aren't knew to the Earth, and didn't the dinosaurs get killed off much the same way? Of course, that was an ice age – and this is global warming that is caused by humans. That is another argument that skeptics can win with.
When the Skeptics are Right
Here are some cases when the climate change skeptic might actually be right – or at least more right than the scientists. These are the points that can be made against science, which has its faults. Scientists can't predict the future – they can only study the past and present and make an educated guess dependent on those factors.
It's Happening Slower than Predicted
No matter how quickly scientists originally said global warming would overcome the planet, it's not happening any time soon. Yes, we've had hotter summers, and warmer winters, but that doesn't mean that the end is nigh. Of course, that also doesn't make global warming a conspiracy and it doesn't mean that it won't happen, sooner or later.
It's hard to estimate how quickly something will happen – scientists are like meteorologists, they go by what they've already seen happening and compare it to what the past looks like. This type of process means they're comparing weather patterns that the earth has experienced in the last few years with one another, as well as with the weather patterns of previous decades.
The views and comparisons are what tells them that the weather is changing and global warming is happening while giving them a “guess” as to how it will progress in the coming years – with or without changes to the way humans are living (pushing pollutants into the atmosphere through factories and vehicles).
Fossils Fuels Don't Have as Much of an Effect on Atmosphere and Environment as Reported
Scientists believe that by cutting out the use of fossil fuels, in twenty to forty years the effects of global warming could possibly be reversed. Skeptics know, though, that fossil fuels only account for a small fraction of the greenhouse gasses going into the atmosphere. While they're only a small fraction, it's still enough to have the earth on a somewhat fast track to possible extinction.
If people continue using fossil fuels at the current rate, global warming is imminent. With so many ways to cut back on the use of fossil fuels – from hybrid cars to solar energy – why aren't more people doing what they can to save the earth? Do skeptics outweigh believers, and what does it really hurt to make a change even if climate change is really a myth?
Even though there is no definite way to determine how quickly fossil fuels are damaging the atmosphere, the changes in weather have to be some sort of proof that things aren't right. The more factories people build, the more vehicles on the road, and the more chemicals from smoking, vaping, and other “habits” you pick up, the worse it seems to be getting.
Incorrect Climate Models Make Them Skeptical
Models are not meant to be “spot-on.” They are an example of what could be if something goes a certain way. In this aspect of skepticism, the climate change skeptics are right – climate models are never accurate.
These models use physics, in a way that the scientists hope will help things make sense to themselves and the people they're explaining climate change too. The laws of physics don't allow 100-percent correctness on these models, but it does make a useful model (and changes can be made as more is learned about global warming and climate change.
Models are only representations of the actual atmosphere and how it interacts with the world around you – like with the oceans, the sun, and even the ice. As the climate does change, for better or worse, new models would need to be created, since they only factor in one example. Plus, these models need to be tested for accuracy, and that means waiting decades for a viable answer.
Is there a Real Reason to be Skeptical of Climate Change?
Of course, there is almost always a reason to show at least a little bit of skepticism. Climate change skeptics are skeptical for a reason – people want to know the truth, and if you believed every single doomsday story without taking some time to look into it yourself you'd always be preparing for the end of the world, and you'd never have a chance to live.
It's definitely a possibility that climate change is, in fact, a natural process. Skeptics know that there is no proof that it is the human way of life that has damaged that atmosphere, but scientists know that things like fossil fuels and aerosol cans can and have affected more than just the ozone layer.
There's no way to really know who is right or wrong without waiting to see – and what if you wait and don't make any changes to your fossil fuel consumption and that was the answer all along? There are plenty of people out in the world that don't even know which side to be on - and even more that don't seem to care at all.
Are You a Climate Change Skeptic?
Healthy skepticism is a good thing, and when it comes to climate change, there are many reasons to be skeptical. It's likely that unless fossil fuels are eradicated, and the insane weather patterns cease to exist because of it, or the world can no longer breath because the atmosphere is destroyed, we'll never know who is right and who is wrong. Climate change skeptics keep scientists on their toes, and hopefully, they keep you on the road to seeking knowledge too.