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  • Look at all of that garbage

       February 02, 2010

    I quite like this Business Week global warming article. I like it because it acknowledges the existence of other climate changes in recent history: the Medieval Warm Period, the Little Ice Age, and the Year Without Summer. Imagine, climate change not caused by mankind!

    There's a subtext to the man-made global warming movement that global warming is the result of mankind's hubris. We're going to destroy the world because we thought we were bigger than nature. But isn't this an extremely arrogant attitude? Does mankind really have the ability to alter the earth's climate? Or is it hubris to think we have that power?

    One of the things that irritates me the most about global warming activists is how they've co-opted the whole environmental movement. When you talk about saving the environment, the assumption is that you're talking about global warming. I don't believe in man-made global warming. But that doesn't mean I don't believe in conservation, developing alternative energy sources and cleaning up our messes.

    Why aren't we using our energy (pardon the pun) to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? At least we understand the problem and can reasonably do something to solve it. I guess it's easier to get attention and money buy saying we're going to destroy the Earth than by saying "Hey, look at that all of that garbage!"

    I think of it like this: cleaning up the garbage patch is like cleaning your room. You do some work, get your hands dirty and maybe make a trip to Ikea to help you organize your crap so it doesn't happen again. Done. Our approach to alleged man-made global warming is like burning your house down because you're afraid it's built on an ancient Indian burial ground.

    "Why are you burning down your house?"

    "Because it's built on an ancient Indian burial ground."

    "Really? How do you know that?"

    "That's what the records say."

    "Oh. But why are you burning down your house?"

    "Because the spirits of the ancient Indians might harm me and my family."

    "Why do you think that?

    "Well, some people say they've seen ghosts."

    "Oh, that's a scary observation. What do the ghosts say they will do?"

    "They're ghosts - they don't say anything. But people say they'll kill my family if I don't destroy my home and leave this place to nature."

    "So you're burning your house because it may or may not be built on an ancient Indian burial ground that may or may not be haunted by ghosts that may or may not try to kill your family?"


    One of these scenarios makes sense. The other is close to madness.

    Posted by at February 2, 2010 08:02 PM

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    #  February 4th, 2010 8:55 AM      kris
    Of course, "It's time to take out the trash!" might be just as compelling as "We're all going to die!"  



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