Northern Ireland Environment Minister, the DUP’s Sammy Wilson, [Sarah Palin in drag? – Ed] is partly right in that hysterical media coverage linking every extreme weather event to climate change is counter-productive – the general media has never been very good at reporting science after all. But if he really wanted a “reasoned debate” he needs a new play-book. Misleading arguments on solar activity and rises in CO2 occuring after global warming, not before, are just that – misleading arguments. And whilst I’d encourage scepticism on all things, scepticism doesn’t include Sammy Wilson’s previously stated conspiracy theories. It’s not Somebody Else’s Problem.
From the wikipedia entry
“An SEP is something we cant see, or dont see, or our brain doesnt let us see, because we think that its somebody elses problem…. The brain just edits it out, its like a blind spot. If you look at it directly you wont see it unless you know precisely what it is. Your only hope is to catch it by surprise out of the corner of your eye.”
Btw thats a Douglas Adams quote. As is this on why Somebody Elses Problem Fields require very little energy.
“This is because it relies on peoples natural predisposition not to see anything they dont want to, werent expecting, or cant explain.”