In order to make sense of the ongoing discussion about climate change, it is important for us to have insights on the three most commonly held points of view in the debate.
It emerges that, firstly, there are folks who don’t believe that ‘climate change’ is real. These are people who believe that the climatic patterns are playing out the way they have always played out, the way they are supposed to play out. The folks in this school of thought believe that the data which purports to support climate change is ‘unreliable’ data. Arguing with the individuals in this category can be an exasperating exercise. Let’s assume, for instance, that you are arguing over the Internet, using email. In that case, on any given day, you may go to the Att.net login page, which is actually the main component in the www.sbcglobal.net website and send an email with the relevant data to the skeptic, only for the climate change skeptic to reply that the data is not credible. Thus, it becomes a rather frustrating ‘to and fro’ email exercise, using your respective emailaccounts, as you try to convince the skeptic that climate change is real, while the skeptic sticks to his or her guns that the whole thing is just a ‘propaganda campaign’. Even data from the most credible global agencies isn’t good enough to convince the folks who subscribe to this school of thought.
Secondly, there are folks who believe that climate change is real, but who hold the view that the climate change we are observing is not due to human activities. It is impossible for the folks in this category to see how activities like burning fossil fuels can possibly be connected to climate change.
Thirdly and finally, there are folks who believe that climate change is real, and that the climate change we are observing is indeed due to human activities. These are the folks who hold the mainstream view (in contrast to the others, who are jointly referred to as climate change skeptics). Still, even among the people who hold the mainstream view, we tend to observe differences when it comes to suggesting possible solutions to the climate change problem.