The kid was just repeating stuff that the air traffic controller was saying. At first glance it looks like a regular overreaction by the media.
Frank Silbermann wrote:I am skeptical of your claim that "all the data lines up solidly behind it and the underlying physics are solid" -- given that our physical understanding of the weather in general normally doesn't allow us to forecast beyond a week or so. What are your qualifications as a physicist, that you could know this (rather than merely having heard some other layman claim it), to distinguish the situation from my description (of the scientists feeling that cutting down on burning of fossil fuels is a good idea even if the theory isn't true so they might as well support it)?
Tim McGuire wrote: So saying "only a theory" is misleading here. and saying "not the only one " is misleading as well, because the scientific community supports the theory. This is because all the data lines up solidly behind it and the underlying physics are solid.
herb slocomb wrote:
fred rosenberger wrote:...
Evidence: Fossil Fuel production of C02 has less correlation with current warming than other natural cyclic variation, errors in measuring over the past century, contradictory ice core evidence, warming occurring on other planets such as Mars now, evidence in past of warmer temps than we have now, cyclic evidence of warming cycles prior to use of fossil fuels.
These points are already considered within the conventional view of AGW. For the media to resurrect these ideas as points against man-made climate change based on our current scientific understanding is about as newsworthy as Phlogiston theory.
When it comes to climate change (and many other topics) just because there are "two possible sides" doesn't mean that each side deserves equal media coverage. It's easy to come of with spin to counter many conventional beliefs, the moon landing hoax, the non-relationship between HIV/AIDS, Vaccines causing autism..not too long ago, some scientists claimed no link between tobacco and cancer...there is a serious amount of BS out and about, and I'm actually quite glad our biased media filters out some of this crap.