Today we talked about the role that having money in the game plays in making it hard to accept the science. And is March really cold? Or is it just average (for Minnesota).
We find truth in movies, Jaws provides us with a great model for how our political system responds to inconvenient truths. We see an analogy between the scientist and the politicians in Jaws and the scientists in the climate modeling world dealing with our political system.
We also talk about how a warmer climate pushes on Minnesota twice – first with warmer and more humid air coming north from the Gulf. Meanwhile, the polar vortex (cold air trapped in a gyre near the poles) is broken loose by the increased warming at the pole (warming from really really cold all the way up to really cold!).
We then look for real world examples where science presented information that activated industries to push back out of fear for their bottom lines (remember the Mayor in Jaws?). Watching how the system responds sheds some light on how we got to where we are now.