Hi Mike. I will do my best to answer your many questions. I’ve made them upper case to call them out since Medium doesn’t allow bold, bullets, etc. in comments.

“WHY CAN’T YOU MAKE A DIRECT APPEAL FOR YOUR CAUSE?”

Great question. In my experience, when people make a direct appeal for climate change, climate deniers tend to immediately shut down and disregard every word that follows.

By leveraging a sensational topic that most everyone can agree on, I’m able to maintain attention longer and get deniers to stick around long enough to consider the basic questions and propositions.

YOU’RE PROBABLY EVEN TOO OBTUSE TO REALIZE THE IRONY HERE OF USING A COMET NAMED 3552 DON QUIXOTE…”

True. I’m very obtuse. However, in this case, anthropomorphic climate change is very much agreed upon, save a small handful of very noisy and apparent people. Reality shouldn’t be subjective. Thank the gods for scientists!

Gah… I’ll be honest. You wrote a LOT and it’s all very emotional. I mean, you went so far as insults!

Can we take a step back? Let me ask you this:

Can we agree that even with the “dirty” production costs of solar, wind, tidal, etc, that the direct environmental impact of pollution from refineries, oil tankers, drilling, fracking, coal mines, coal ash, etc. is MUCH greater than “green” options?

If not, I welcome any links to highly-regarded, peer-reviewed studies you can provide.

And…

We should agree that a move to “green” energy would be a boon to the economy resulting in massive demand for “green” employees.

I linked to a report in my blog to back this up. If you have anything that you can point me to that says otherwise, I’d love to read it.

I write about EdTech and education, but mostly this is where I rant about politics. On Twitter @prsmith2009

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