Saturday, May 19, 2007

Global Changing

I don't claim to know anything about the temperature of the globe or the momentum of the temperature of the globe. But if "global warming" is somehow swept away as a fad in 5-10 years as another political ploy, I think we shouldn't allow people who cried and moaned about it so loudly for two decades to ever vote or say anything publically again. Because they're really convincing sometimes -- all those scray melting ice caps and movies like The Day After Tomorrow and You're Going to Drown Soon if You Don't Switch to Ethanol.

I consider myself an environmentalist, but I just don't know about global warming. Of course, if it turns out that these people were right, and California really does fall into the Pacific... well then they should all be given medals of honor and as many accolades as we can pile on them.

But I see more and more articles about how this whole thing is really anti-industrialism in disguise (which, you might be surprised to learn, I could get behind if it were an explicit political platform). I actually heard an interview on NPR or something a month ago where some doom-and-gloom prophet was asked, "Yes, but what about the statistics that show weather is actually getting cooler in many places all over the globe?" And her response was, "Well, extreme weather in either direction is the effect of global warming."

So really what we're fighting here is global change? Is that so bad? See also.

6 comments:

Monica said...

California will not fall off into the ocean. At least . . . it had better not.

brian said...

Pandas can only raise one baby at a time, so they have to let larger litters die off...and they are limited to eating only Eucalyptus leaves, which grow only in certain climates.

I think they were pretty much destined for endangerment, but let's be honest, they are pretty cute.

Casey said...

Brian... but maybe if we let Pandas go extinct we can summon unicorns into existence (finally). Isn't it all like one big assembly line?

Cathy said...

Your idea of disenfranchising the doom-mongers is quite appropriate. My fantasies of payback have been a bit more unpleasant.

That idiot DiCaprio wants to scare us with his new documentary 'The Eleventh Hour' in order to drive us to the polls to do something. Idiot.

You're right, Casey - if they're wrong: consequences. If they're right - all honor and glory and mega-apologies from the likes of us, but - if they're wrong . . . .

Davo said...

One thing I hadn't had any prior knowledge of is the amount of jet fuel that is spent to get the food into the grocery store. From what I've read, the Local Food idea is one of the best ways to cut down on greenhouse emissions. I'm rototilling a garden into my yard this week. Can't get more local than off the back stoop...

Casey said...

Davo... that's such a good idea. I'm reading this book right now about how we've lost "Sacred Time," the kind of time that comes and goes with the seasons and watches the arch of the sun, etc. The author suggests that the "luxury" of being able to get strawberries all year might not be such a luxury after all... Living (and eating) in closer sequence with nature would be so much more, uh, "natural," wouldn't it? That's my kind of environmentalism.