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Climatized May 3, 2010

Posted by ev0rev in Politics.
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I realize that Earth Day was last week but I wanted to create a post regarding one of my favorite topics, namely, Global Warming.  As usual, there are people who can look at data and interpret it one way while others will see something completely different.  I don’t really have anything against trying to make our planet more hospitable for our species as well as others, but I definitely object to the whole notion that there is no debate.  There is ALWAYS room to re-evaluate if presented new information and to declare a topic as complex as Global Warming “settled” is foolish.

My personal belief, after reviewing a lot of data from a lot of sources is that Global Warming is certainly a real phenomenon.  Mankind’s contribution to the “problem” (more on that later) is another matter.  As is man’s ability to change or correct its effects.  Assuming we CAN change it, is there a point where it simply is no longer viable to put forth the effort?  Where is that line?  Before we allocate these tremendous resources to such an endeavor, shouldn’t we decide whether or not Global Warming is actually “bad”?

Our planet has, after all, gone through many, many climate changes in it’s history.  The most oft-cited culprit for causing Global Warming is CO2…and yet levels of CO2 have been much higher and during periods of time when man hadn’t even set foot on the planet.  If warming raises the oceans levels to an extent that threatens populations along the shore, isn’t that at least as much about our overpopulation of those regions as it is Global Warming?

In any case, I submit some of the finer videos concerning Global Warming… and strongly urge those who take a position on the issue to at least be open to critical analysis of the data from which they gather their facts and to debate the results with those who may take a differing point of view (I’m looking at you Al Gore!).

Enjoy… and let the debate continue:

#1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDI2NVTYRXU&feature=related We heard so much about the famous “hockey stick” graph and the doom & gloom associated with it.  Yet nothing at all was mentioned regarding this response.  Odd.  The gentleman appearing at the 07:52 mark in the video sums it up best.

#2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZcp_wcDXec A wonderful expose on the “consensus” view that we (human beings) are the driving factor behind Global Warming.

#3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AcHwhxfhSg 5 parts…very well done

#4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONd-Yk48R8E Penn and Teller throwing a little BS onto the Global Warming debate

#5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deqTRhxmUdU 30 years ago experts declared we were heading into a new ice age

Don’t get me wrong. Maybe we humans are to blame and Global Warming is as big a factor as some of these scientists have stated.  Isn’t that the point of debate, to evaluate the data and how it was gathered and begin to come to an agreement on a conclusion?   I just don’t see that happening here.  Instead, we are being told we need to throw trillions of dollars at something that we really haven’t even established as a problem…at least not one where we can reasonably expect to affect change.

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1. Chris - May 6, 2010

I think that the average non-scientific person is going to choose what they want to believe. There seems to be enough scientific evidence for and against global warming that if you choose to believe its a problem, you will find what evidence you need to push your cause. If you choose to say that humans ARE NOT the cause of global warming you will find enough scientific data to prove your point as well. In my personal opinion there is enough evidence to say we are NOT the cause, but that doesnt mean that we should keep doing things the way we have been for decades. Big companies SHOULD be doing whatever it takes to create less emissions, less polution. If they want to run their companies they should be doing it responsibly whether its proven to be the cause of global warming or not. And those expenses should be coming out of their profits, not our pockets. The average person can take small steps to make the environment they live in better, but for the most part, we have to make do with what we are provided with. If we are not provided with affordable low cost alternatives to what we have been doing, then we arent going to change. Just my opinion.

ev0rev - May 6, 2010

Absolutely. And I, for one, think that is wonderful. We each have our opinions. Where I have a problem with the Al Gore’s of the world is that they state that there is no more debate… the issue is settled… and then begin to start shoving Kyoto and/or Copenhagen at us. The point is that the debate certainly is NOT over. There are plenty of people who have dissenting points of view and can bring their own data to back their facts up. Let’s look at those facts as well as how it was gathered and compare notes. But we should never turn our backs on such an important issue and say the debate is over. That strikes me as elitist and insecure all at once.

2. Seagreen1229 - May 7, 2010

As I watched the children talking to John Stossel about Al Gore’s movie, I was thinking that it might not be such a bad idea for the next generation to be a little more conscious of the environment. I think there is too much information out there that points to the fact that the Earth’s temperature has been going up and down for much longer than man and technology could have had any effect on it. But with that said, I think that going forward we should be a little bit more responsible. Change needs to be made, but it doesn’t need to be tomorrow.


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