Global warming is a complex issue and a decision as to whether you believe it is a political issue demands your attention.
The sky is falling . . . and it's damn hot too.
According to some sources, it's a given. Global warming is real. Just ask Al Gore or watch An Inconvenient Truth. Probably more convenient to just rent the movie. Al's busy researching, mulling over his poorly kept piles of paper and referencing his three large monitors full of scientific data. But his opinion is of the popular variety, that which is also advocated by many well-respected scientists. But what about those equally respected scientists who oppose? Who's right? Well, I guess we can start by asking the question, have intelligent well-informed people ever been wrong before? Let's take a look.
Radio is just a fashion contrivance that will soon die out. It is obvious that there never will be invented a proper receiver! Thomas Edison
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. Ken Olson , President, Chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
640Kb ought to be enough for anybody. Bill Gates, 1981
In a few years, all the great physical constants will have been approximately estimated, and ... the only occupation which will then be left to the men of science will be to carry these measurements to another place of decimals. James Clerk Maxwell, 1871
The more important fundamental laws and facts of physical science have all been discovered, and these are now so firmly established that the possibility of their ever being supplanted in consequence of new discoveries is exceedingly remote. Albert A. Michelson, 1894
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. We know that light is propagated like sound through pressure and motion. The radio has no future! Lord Kelvin
Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value. Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
Space travel is bunk Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of Britain, 1957, two weeks before the launch of Sputnik
Also in your pondering, consider how difficult it is to determine certainty. For example, you read in the news that researchers say coffee's OK for you . . . then it's bad . . . No wait! It's the best thing since the vegetable. Then let's consider wine. We hear researchers say it's good . . . it's bad . . . it's good . . . it's . . . (pause here for the worm to turn). And even second hand smoke is seeing a comeback. Many are hearing in the corridors of doubt that negative reports are merely unproven speculation seen as unmitigated fact.
But what about those who oppose Global Warming? What's their story?
According to Christopher C. Horner, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, he says "The Earth has often been hotter than it is now," "Only a tiny portion of green-house gases are man-made," "Most of Antarctica is getting colder," "The media only recently abandoned the 'global cooling' scare," and "' Global Warming' hasn't made hurricanes worse" ( The Politically Incorrect Guide (PIG) to Global Warming and Environmentalism, 2007 Regnery).
Dr. Richard S. Lindzen (Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, MIT; member of the National Academy of Sciences; and former lead author, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control) states "Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early twenty-first century's developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age" (qtd. in PIG to Global Warming and Environmentalism, 2007 Regnery).
So where do you stand? Well, unless you have an advanced degree in science or have done extensive research you best stand clear of supporting one side or the other based merely on emotion. You're familiar with emotion, yes? It's what your purchases are based on and then later explained away with rationalized logic. "Of course I needed that $7000 112 inch flat screen. It's the first of its kind!"
One of the things a good critical or rigorous thinker must do is his / her homework. Don't jump on a bandwagon mis- or under-informed. A good critical thinker is disciplined at the art of self-examination. Don't believe that your assumptions are fact. You may want to believe a particular "opinion" merely because you can relate. "Of course those damn Yankees are lucky. How else do you win 16 more World Series than the next closest team?" We know who made this statement? Or "Of course nuclear energy is a viable alternative source of energy!" Who said this? Obviously someone who doesn't have a nuclear reactor in their backyard.
Most likely, there will never be a definitive or absolute answer. Why? Well, because of assumptions, those opinions that make republicans see liberals as diseased and democrats see conservatives as only thinking about their bottom line. But regarding an issue of such political importance, especially considering how tax dollars may be spent, it is something you need to research, keeping in mind that time determines your answer not discerning all absolute facts.
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|Reviewed by John Martin
|Alas, somebody is finally going to something about the weather. Politicians and Hollywood celebrities no less. I feel better now. I’m sure the corporations will jump in too. How about adding some green dye to gasoline. It would only cost a penny a gallon. Then they could charge 50 cent a gallon more, by calling it low cal enviro -gas, (LCEG) or better yet Earth Gas. Sounds like a winner to me. That with a couple of new laws targeting the little people (middle class) should cool things down a bit. Now what new laws should we be coming with to persecute the little people in order to save them from Volcanoes, Floods and asteroid collisions? Quite frankly, I think we’d all feel better if they just blamed global warming and all other natural disasters or events on second hand tobacco smoke. We're already persecuting the hell out of those people, so it would just be a matter of adding to the list. Say..along the same lines, is there any truth to the rourmor that Al is going to give all of those millions of dollars he and family made from tobacco back to smokers? In any event , a well written article.|
|Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines
|Global warming? Not out here in East Texas. We have not seen a triple-digit summer for the past three years. Regardless, the glacial sheets in the arctic, and in the Himilayas, is melting rapidly. The Eskimos are saying they will not be able to sustain their way of life (their way of life might be highly improved if they moved to Florida). A recent study of one such glacier revealed that it had moved almost 350 yards toward the sea in the past year, and that off-shore ice-bergs had about doubled during the same period. In these areas, warming equals melting, and the needs of reality are being met with alarm. Some scientists are saying that the average level of the ocean is rising (wake up, New Orleans). That said, did we cause this with our little spray cans and car exhausts? Or is it a normal cycle of Ma Nature? 30- to 50-thousand years ago, a good part of North America was glacier-covered. 27-thousand years ago, the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico were marshes and lakes and forests, water-fed from the glacial melt-off. Now THAT was global warming. Result was that the ocean rose more than 130 feet (some put it at 180 feet). San Francisco Bay was meadow-land. Hawaii looked a lot taller in those days. But, just in case, maybe you should throw away all of your spray-cans (learn to spritz), and ride a bicycle to work (yeah, right!) ... remembering, of course, that Ethanol emits combustion gases and batteries emit acidic fumes (oops).
The good news is that we are hearing serious talk about creating green-collar jobs - people who will be trained to correct environmental problems. With all the out-sourcing of jobs, we could certainly use the help.
But, while you are thinking about it (see, I knew what you were thinking), run up to Alaska and bring an Eskimo back home with you.
|Reviewed by Keith Rowley
This is well both written and an enjoyable read. I have read some of the contrary views on global warming. I have also read the contrary views of another small group of eminent scientists regarding AIDS. Over here it's been a huge issue, and our president was lambasted for taking council from 'cranks'. You wouldn't believe the s**t he took for having an open mind.
We each of us have to make our own choice on where we stand, using the evidence to hand. But when the logic of scientific discourse is distorted and even supplanted by emotion we are all placed in an environment within which we are manipulated into reaction rather than facilitated in our thinking.
Truth be known though, very few of those who seek our support want us to actually THINK - this would disadvantage politicians, evangelists, advertisers and so on.
And so they bombard us with emotive phrases. Their motto is PLEASE DON'T THINK - JUST BELIEVE IN MY SHAMPOO OR CAR OR WEATHER PREDICTION OR GOD OR POLITICS -JUST BELIEVE - PLEASE!!!!! DON'T THINK!!!
Thanks for a good write that MIGHT return a few sheep to the path of thought.
|Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
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