Al Gore expects us to believe that climate change science is settled. According to the former vice president, scientists know, with a high degree of certainty, that our emissions of greenhouse gases, 82 percent of which is carbon dioxide in U.S., is causing dangerous climate change. The solution, Gore tells us, is a dramatic reduction in our use of fossil fuels, the source of 86 percent of the world's energy supply. For Gore's position to be rational, there is a string of postulates that would have to be known to be true, or at least very likely.
Being a skeptic about the causes of climate change is not only "quite all right," as Energy Secretary Rick Perry told CNBC's "Squawk Box" this month; it is crucially necessary for science, especially one as complicated and immature as climate science, to advance ("Rick Perry just denied that humans are the main cause of climate change," June 19).
University of Florida linguist M.J. Hardman tells us in his 2002 book, “Language and War,” that, “Language is inseparable from humanity and follows us in all our works. Language is the instrument with which we form thought and feeling, mood, aspiration, will and (action), the instrument by whose means we influence and are influenced.” It is not surprising then that language always has been a crucially important weapon of war.