A technological fix could buy us some time in the face of global warming, but there are other issues increasing the global temperature besides the burning of fossil fuels. It is both humorous and reasonable to think that masses of cows passing gas contribute to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. A technological fix can be developed to solve the “cow farts” problem, by simply containing them, and producing energy by combusting it. However, this is only a temporary fix; the only permanent solution is to move away from fossil fuels. We humans will need to do this anyway, as we will likely exhaust our fossil fuels within this century. Humanity needs to figure out what will replace our current energy generation methods, and fast.
Like most of today’s scientific disciplines, climate science as a separate field of science has only existed since the early to middle 20th century. The practice of studying the climate, and the various gases that compose it, was originally classified under chemistry and physics. The man who discovered the heat-absorbing properties of certain molecules, John Tyndall, was a physicist by profession (Reidy, 13.) People stating that climate science is relatively young are not necessarily wrong, as it became a serious discipline of science several decades after Tyndall’s death. Yet, they are not necessarily correct, as the data behind climate science have existed since the mid 19th century. The answer to people’s distrust of climate science because it is so young can be described as “sort of, kind of.” A simple yes or no does not suffice.