I normally don't "comment on comments" .... but this time I must. I responded directly to Jenni via email because I could .... but I have no way to directly respond to "a non-climate scientist" so I shall use this forum. (I wish you would at least sign it Fred or Nancy or whatever) Nor shall I know if you even read my rebuttal.
First of all, we agree on one thing ... I won't play Russian roulette. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't even put an unloaded gun to my head. So the premise of your statement has no bearing.
Now, concerning your statement, "but what if the scientists are right? ". My first question is; Which scientist? The ones who tout global warming? Or the ones that doubt global warming? There is NOT a consensus among scientist about either. Perhaps you have not heard of the Global Warming Petition Project. It would be easy to miss because it is hardly reported and only has 31,000 scientists signing it. (and only started in 1997) If you are truly interested in research go to that site, please at least read the letter written in 1998 by Fredrick Seitz, Past President of the National Academy of Scientists; President Emeritus, Rockefeller University.
Concerning your statement "we have to replace our current lifestyle". Which lifestyle? Mine or yours? What does that mean? Stop eating meat? Plow the fields with horses again? Park our cars and trucks? Stop flying? Turn off air conditioners and heaters? What is the problem with our lifestyle? Nancy Pelosi who says she's saving the planet sure doesn't take the train or bus .... and I even doubt she flys commercial!! Al Gore (the Nobel Peace Prize guy) doesn't drive a Prius or ride a bicycle when he travels!! So should our current lifestyle return to the feudal system of serf and noble?
Concerning your statement "When you ignore the data". Again we agree. I hope you don't ignore the data either or for that matter use "selective" data. As for me, I shall continue to use the God given sense I have to reason for myself.
And as far as "Unless you're a fool" .... I am reminded of a 2000 year old writing to a group of Romans that says, although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.
Dennis <-------- that's me!!!