As important science relevant to the future of the world is increasingly swamped by extra-scientific noise (political, financial, defaming and increasingly legal attacks and counter-attacks) it is important to pay attention to the bizarre ways in which important people are thinking about things.
Don’t miss, for example, Ralph Hall’s ideas. Now on the one hand, Ralph Hall is an 88-year-old from exurban northeast Texas. So, demographically he doesn’t count for much; it’s reasonable to consider that he represents an outdated and declining point of view.
NJ: Do you think climate change is causing the earth to become warmer?
Hall: I can’t say it doesn’t have a percentage of effects on it – one percent, three percent, five percent. But I don’t think it’s the cause. I don’t think we can control what God controls.
We put $32 billion into it and don’t see very much change.
Unfortunately he is the chair of the US House of Representatives Science Committee.