Last week I went over the assorted reasons climate scientists are not trusted. This week is what they, hopefully you, can do about it.
The first question of course is “Why should you care what those climate deniers think.” Money. If we don’t trust you, you aren’t getting any. We were conned once, by you and yours. We are now not just skeptical but pissed off at you. Appallingly simple, no?
You may wish to beat your chest or whine about how that’s not fair. My response is a very simple “I am not required to be fair.” mostly because that is the literal truth. Many no doubt lack the courage to tell you as much, but it’s the uncomplicated truth. If you didn’t need our good opinion or at least our funding, you would shut up and we’d both be much happier. That does not seem to be in the cards. So bear in mind our trust was exploited and now it’s gone. Maybe it’s not your fault. It is however still your problem.
You will never again have creditability on the level of that which you destroyed. I actually think that’s a good thing, as power begs for abuse, but either way it is so.
1. Build a provably working climate model to convince us that you actually know what’s happening. You were probably hoping that no one would talk about how all the climate models don’t work. That’s not going to happen. I am convinced that at this point you don’t know what the hell you are talking about.
2. Telling us that everything that happens is caused by climate change is ineffective and insulting. It’s pathetic really. Good weather, bad weather, storms, calms, droughts and floods all caused by climate change? How about you find me a few things that are NOT caused by climate change, just so I can put them on the record? All the floundering around while blaming each and every event on climate change and foretelling disasters that never come, only convinces me that you are desperate. This does not inspire my trust.
3. Understand that bankrupting the nation by jacking up taxes to fund “green” programs that don’t work is never going to be popular. The way it has been presented to us so far makes the cure worse than the disease. This means no money and no sympathy for you. Making a living is hard enough at the moment – and NOT making a living is worse. Asking for cash from people struggling to make ends meet is a losing proposition.
4. Einstein himself once said, “ if you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it.” You guys have that problem. Regardless of how stupid I may or may not be, making me understand what you are talking about is and always was YOUR BURDEN. Perhaps you should focus on that if you ever get the science straight. You are in fact selling something I am not required to buy.
5. If you insist on making climate change your religion you are very strange. Science has no articles of the faith, which makes it impossible to be a heretic. Scientific Methodology is simply a very specific way to ask a question. I know this because they teach it in 6th grade. We know when you skip stuff, and it doesn’t help me trust you. Also get the arithmetic right for god’s sake – one of the first places you got into trouble is when a glorified Canadian accountant said “Um Mr. Global warming scientists? I do math all day every day for a living and I can see you don’t…”
6. Police yourselves! When one of your colleagues makes a mistake. Maybe it’s an honest mistake or maybe it’s a lie, but either way, YOU are lying when you let it pass. This reflects on your whole group, so I really advise against it in the future.
The best way to earn trust is quite simply to be trustworthy. Simple, not easy, but there it is. I hope you learn.