From Joe Romm’s open thread about what metaphors to use when describing climate change: (the first one is entirely mine).
If your child were sick, and 97% of the world’s doctors said the child would die unless he take a certain medicine, should you give him this medicine or do nothing until the autopsy confirms the original diagnosis?
Q: How many climate sceptics does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: None. Eventually the lightbulbs will right themselves.
Patient: Doctor! I’ve been smoking for decades, and now I have a tumor in my lung! Save me!
Doctor: You’re fine. The idea that the human body does not change over the course of the lifespan is ridiculous.
Catastrophic Climate Change is an enormous dragon who sleeps in a secluded cave.
Fossil fuels are the magical mushrooms in that same cave.
When people first discovered the mushrooms, it was easy to gather them without waking the dragon. But now danger increases, as mushrooms are plucked closer and closer to the dragon.
If the dragon wakes up, she will not return to her cave until nobody remembers her cave or a time when she did not stalk the land.
If my child wanders on to a road I can’t be certain that they will be hit by a car, but I am certain that I need to get them off the road as quickly as I can.
For those who argue that climate always changes, this is like someone diagnosed with a potentially terminal disease who argues that they can ignore it because they’ve had illnesses before and always got better.
Q. How many climate denialists does it take to change a light bulb?
A. None, because they don’t believe it even needs changing, plus there’s stuff on the internet that proves the room actually got lighter when the light bulb blew, and besides, it’s all a secret plot by light bulb makers (a.k.a. the Illuminati) to establish a leftist World Government and rob us all of our Personal Beliefs & Freedoms. Why are you asking that question, anyway?. . .. Who wants to know? . . .. Who are you working for? . . . .