[quote]Originally posted by spaceman_spiff:
I admit that global warming is occuring. We simply do not know if this is a consequence of human activity or not. (We also do not know how fast the earth is warming.) "Fixing" this problem will cost money. It will also cost some people their livelihoods. What if we are trying to "fix" something that is a natural phenomenon? Does that make any sense?</strong><hr></blockquote>
C'mon spaceman. You cannot seriously believe that global warming is not a consequence of human activity. No offense, but haven't you been reading the papers over the last several years. And no, we're not going to have a science debate again (especially after a series of scientific studies have been commissioned and completed numerous times).
My point and the US point and objections here are often not reported in the EU and the US's position has not been expressed over here. One of the main objections is that certain, fast growing, populous countries such as China and others, who after gaining entry into the WTO, are exempt from Kyoto under the guise that they are developing nations.
China, with over 1 Billion people, is THE world's manufacturing base, is going to be rapidly escalating on the pollution front. Not only is this not fair, as US contends, but it pits its economy against China at an unfair advantge. BTW, China is growing at 8% growth rate which is HUGE.
That is only one issue, but this never gets reported in Europe and US should say, yes, we are for the principals of Kyoto and reducing CO2 emmission but we need to balance this so that it is a level playing field without harshly penalising the US economy radically. This is an environment vs economy discussion and fairness across a level playing field when you boil it down.
But to questions if it is a result of human interaction is a rat hole. Don't go down there again and again.......