San Antonio Meteorologists talk climate change
Published: January 16, 2013
What about the vast, vast majority of peer-reviewed articles over the past decade pointing to human-caused climate change?
Globally, when we're talking about global warming and world temperatures, I just don't see how anything we can be doing on this planet has any effect on this huge rock floating in space.
Is there any reason to make mention of climate change in forecasts?
I don't think so. Only in the sense that it's a time issue more than anything else. It's so debatable and there's so much science that's left out. In order for us to start using it in a weathercast, we'd have to sacrifice more important information that people live and die by. I don't know if it's time for that. I don't know if it ever will be time for that.
(Taylor also suggests readers check out http://climatedebatedaily.com/, which he says he regularly reads).
JOHN GERARD, WOAI
Is our planet undergoing significant climate change?
Oh there's no doubt about it. The numbers don't lie.
Are humans causing it?
I think the science is leading us to believe more and more that humans have more to do with this than we thought. I'm still not convinced that this is primarily what humans are doing. There may be a human contribution to this; there may be a human element. I tell everybody the same thing: if we are or even if we're not, we still need to be good stewards. We still need to be smart with our resources. There's not an endless supply of stuff on this planet. We just need to take better care of it. If this is the catalyst that gets people to be more environmentally conscious, then great. But what makes up the bigger slice of the pie, as far as the contributing factors? I just really don't know. I'm not going to point fingers at industry; I'm not going to point fingers at China. I don't think there's enough data. But there's more data every day. We're able to go further in time. We can connect the dots better now than we ever could. But I still don't think we're there yet.
Why is this topic so controversial?
It's hard to say. I think there's an economic component to this. The way I look at it, I'm the father sitting at the dinner table and I've got two kids. My one kid is screaming and yelling at one, and I've got the other one yelling back. You're trying to digest all of this as a good parent, but finally you slam your hands on the table, get both of their attention, and scream, “enough already.” Getting people to just shut up simmer down and think this through without pointing fingers, I think, should be our goal. We'll accomplish more that way. I feel like everybody's screaming at each other. Unfortunately, things like Climate Gate and stuff like that doesn't help.
I think that there's fear of change. Maybe that's why people get so outraged. I think there might be a political agenda. I think there might be an economic agenda. And I think there's been a clear line drawn in the sand separating both sides. It's terrible. I think both sides could really bring a lot to this discussion, but I think that people are tuning it out because they're tired of the screaming and yelling.