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- It is hard to get the core issues because this has become such a politically divided issue. I have yet find a site that doesn't have some sort of bias.
- There is a great deal of hate on both sides of the debate. Because of this, the sides won't listen to each other and this leads to misunderstandings of definitions. For example, both sides of the debate generally agree that the Earth has warmed, but the AGW crowd is convinced that the skeptics are denying the fact that temperatures have risen.
- There are a lot of appeals to authority. Words like "consensus" are thrown around a lot. Ignore that.
- You seem to be a sincere seeker of truth. You will likely find yourself swinging from one side to the other as you learn additional things. That's normal. Keep with it and you'll eventually find an answer that satisfies you.
* Not really.
I will add as well that going back to school is not the only way to pursue an interest in a loved subject.