The Debate, an Interpretation:
Singer: Is warming natural or manmade? That is the question. The UN scientists think it's manmade. Real scientists think it's natural. Stupid people, like the media and politicians, support human caused global warming because they're selfish and stupid. But these stupid people cannot identify the cause. We need scientific effort and evidence to determine the cause of warming. It is natural and the human component is so small it's ridiculous.
Is warming good or bad? Economists say a modest warming is good. It benefits farming and forestry.
Is there really anything we could do about it if we wanted to? NO.
30 points for Singer.
Compliment Princeton. 10 points.
Compliment the students here. 10 points.
Compliment Singer. 10 points for good sportsmanship.
We're putting in four times more CO2 than we did when I was an undergrad. We also want to shoot the messenger of bad news. If you get a diagnosis from a doctor that you don't like, you go for a second opinion. -10 points because this was confusing.
20 points total for Socolow.
Science is wonderful and has so many gadgets! We can calculate lots of cool things using satellite and fancy gizmos. In fact, I don't really know what to think. But it's become warmer this last half century, and it's likely humans did it.
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Carbon dioxide levels over the past 200 million years have been 5 times higher than today and have been steadily decreasing. Plants live on CO2. It's their food. We don't want the plants to starve, do we? People think that CO2 is a pollutant. It isn't. It's part of our atmosphere like any other part of the atmosphere and we all need it. So stop hating on CO2. Also, a thousand years ago it was warmer than today. Back in the Middle Ages it was downright toasty. How do you think the Vikings settled Greenland? Then we had ice ages. And we'll have more ice ages. And no one was driving Hummers back then. So lay off the Hummers too.
50 points for Singer. Right on. I love Hummers.
We're adding fossil fuels! CO2 levels are 40% higher today than since the Industrial Revolution! It's climbing half a percent a year and we're all going to die.
35 points. Compelling.
The ocean is increasing in heat content. We didn't know that hundreds of years ago, but now the ocean is starting to boil. I see global warming through the ocean's eyes.
15 points. As Sebastian would say, the seaweed's always greener in somebody else's lake. And who doesn't love hot tubs?
Looking to the future, closing remarks:
"It takes a great amount of courage for a politician to do nothing. That is what I advise them to do. Nothing."
40 points. The enemy of politicians is my friend.
"Fred's worldview is outdated."
20 points, hitting below the belt, naming names, I like.
Okay, not gonna lie. I got bored and left. So it wouldn't be fair to tally up the points, we'll keep it Whose Line style.