Originally Posted by Dickprinter
This reply has nothing to do with politics, it's just common sense.
Not to get too deep here but there's a balance which needs to be maintained for the earth to work. It exists throughout every
aspect of the universe and within
our bodies. Too much of anything without something to counter it is going to eventually put something out of whack. The earth is huge and has only been subject to the CO2 emissions of the industrial age for, lets say for practical purposes, 150 years. Even if it doesn't have an effect on you within your lifetime, you have to know that the extra CO2, and every other excess non-naturally occurring emission, is eventually going to take its toll. You're probably the type of person which also says... Why should I conserve gasoline? There's plenty to go around and we're not going to run out anytime soon. Ignorance is bliss.
Selfish is not a good way to go through life. Even if all the evidence isn't in and the jury is still out, what's wrong with being prudent? Have you ever done something in your lifetime "just in case" something happens?. Is it really going to hurt someone to lessen one's impact on the earth? Am I not seeing something here but will someone get hurt in this equation? Don't slam a company for actually trying to make a difference, regardless of their motivation. The world isn't getting any bigger to accommodate mankind's desire to keep multiplying, so resources will get used up and emissions are just going to increase.
Balance...get the picture?
Okay, I'm going to violate what I said previously...
Let's put something into perspective here: First, man's contribution of CO2 into the atmosphere is dwarfed
by the CO2 emitted by rotting vegitation and rotting corpses. That, is dwarfed by the CO2 emitted by the oceans. There has not been one shred of single proof that absolutely points to any sort of cause and effect relationship of CO2 and the temperature of the Earth. However, there has been overwhelming evidence pointing to a cause and effect relationship of the role of the Sun, solar winds, the Earth's orbital cycles, etc. to the temperature of the Earth.
On top of that, CO2 is a marginal green house gas. The vast majority of the green house effect lies within water vapor. Combine that with how marginal, overall, the human contribution of CO2, and you have just about nothing
. We are in no way shape or form causing ridiculous changes in the Earth's temperatures. As a matter of fact, its been reported that polar ice is actually thickening
, not thinning. We're predicted to be at the very beginning of a long cooling period, based on solar cycles and the cycles of the earth's wobble on its axis and such. These are far more of an indicator of what long term trend the Earth is heading in than some questionable hypothesis that a marginal green house gas is somehow catastrophically changing our Earth. The Earth's temps have changed in huge swings over the course of its history, and this is nothing new. So why all the panic?
The Earth has seen much warmer and much cooler periods, yet life thrived. The polar bears were around in much warmer times and have survived, as have much of the animal kingdom we know today. On the contrary, not all of them survive drastic cooling periods quite as well. There is huge evidence that life actually flourished
in warmer periods.
To make it point blank, in the scheme of Mother Nature, we human beings are very insignificant. Our contribution of anything to the atmosphere is in no way changing anything at all. You can't trust your highly trained local Meteorologist to forecast the weather further out than one or two days, so why would you trust a bunch of politicians backed by a bunch of scientists looking to receive funding in an otherwise looked over area of science to predict our weather for the next 100 years?
Remember the Ozone Layer scare? Guess what? It turns out to be something that's a natural phenomenon... Now, we got stuck with R-45 instead of the much better R-12 refrigerant because people just insisted that we were killing the Earth, and supposedly had science to prove it.
To just blindly think that we need to do something about it is naive. Leave Mother Nature alone. Every attempt green organizations have in rectifying something in nature have been short sighted and had adverse effects. Just leave it alone. Nature has a built-in self-repair mechanism, and it works much better than anything we've ever tried.
Does this mean I think it's okay to spew pollution into the atmosphere? Absolutely not. Pollution adversely affects our health. This is something we need to keep in check. Do I think pollution has a long term negative affect on the Earth's well being? No. Again, nature has a self-repair mechanism, and it'll heal itself.
Ever since this "Global Warming" stuff started making a splash in the late 1980's and early 1990's, I've looked at the claims with open eyes and an open mind. At one time, I was on the whole bandwagon of being greener, and was almost a member of Greenpeace. But, when I looked at all the evidence spewed by both sides, and used a little common sense to decipher what seems to better explain things and what makes more sense, the climate change theorists began to look either pretty stupid or having a political agenda. This whole ordeal has made me rethink the entire green movement and has opened my eyes that most of it is not well thought out and a cover for a larger political agenda. Even Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore has publicly stated that the green movement has been hijacked by extremist who's agenda has more to do with class warfare.