I’ve had a great day today! Among other things, a visit from one of my favourite clients brought an unexpected conversation.
When you’re a climate skeptic, there are some things you just don’t say. Clients are well-known for giving their opinions, and, as a consultant I need to be trusted, neutral. You learn diplomacy, and mostly just to shut up, especially when someone is waxing lyrical about energy and particularly renewables. I do pose questions about cold weather/climate contingencies occasionally – it’s called technical due diligence 😉
Walking my client (small company CEO) back out to his car today as I headed to lunch, he remarked about the weather and said words to the effect ‘so much for global warning’. Then, suddenly, unbidden, and with all the zeal of a recent apostate, he said:
“Actually, I think I’m becoming a global warming skeptic”
I smiled. I suppose he was emboldened by my silence (i.e. my not rushing to defend the faith), and elaborated that he’d been doing a lot of reading about it. I said I’d always felt I needed to hear both sides of the story.
In five minutes I learned that water vapour is more important that CO2 (which has a diminishing effect with every doubling); climate change is natural and the sun (and water vapour) have a huge influence. He certainly has been reading! As we parted he mentioned the names of a few very familiar websites and blogs; I suggested a few more that he hadn’t come across.
I hope he understood the need (still) to be cautious about who he ‘comes out’ to. It’s still a jungle out there when you have investors and government busybodies to worry about.