We are playing Russian roulette with features of the planet’s atmosphere that will profoundly impact generations to come. How long are we willing to gamble?- David Suzuki
It seems that believing in global warming or climate change is like being pregnant. Either you are or you’re not. Either you believe that humans are causing this or you don’t. I believe MAN-MADE global warming is really happening because a VAST majority of very smart scientists think that greenhouse gases are proving to be a major problem for our planet. I have to rely on people who have expertise in this field, just like we rely on them when we build rocket ships to the moon or Mars or to infinity and beyond. I know full well there were skeptics who thought that we would never be able to reach the moon, but the science said we could. Now I know that climate science is a hair different. I’m willing to concede the science is not fool-proof or exact enough for anyone’s liking. There are some who disagree on data and I submit that they are worth hearing, but when you take the whole blooming lot of them, across the entire world, MOST of them agree. WE are a contributing factor. Period. Now, that leads me to the reason for my post today. I think I will scream and throw myself on the floor in an honest-to-goodness, mouth-foaming, hissy fit if I hear or read ONE more person say something witty like, “yeah, that’s some real global warming for ya” as they are plowing out from a snowdrift . If that’s you then I’m begging you to please read this article provided through a link in the opening sentence of my post which will explain a bit about why snowfall or temperatures that make you go, “brrrrrrrr” somewhere DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE CLIMATE IS NOT WARMING. IT MAY EVEN PROVE IT. Climate does not equal weather. Look it up. I swear, I just can’t take the lack of knowledge on this issue (remember how some climate denying congressmen were mocking Al Gore after a snow event last year?). No. I mean it, I’m gonna lose my stuff. I also really have a huge problem with the deniers for a very basic reason. If you choose to believe the nay-sayers, that’s your right. It’s still America. I mean, people still smoke who I’m sure don’t think it leads to cancer. “Aunt Bertha smoked for 50 years and didn’t get cancer dang-gummet!”. Great. Good for Aunt Bertha. However, that tiny snippet of wisdom proves the difference between climate and weather. Aunt Bertha is like the weather. The 100 other people who did die from cancer all over the country are like climate. See how this works? However, my question to you is this. What if I am wrong? What is the worst outcome? Are you worried we will not live to our fullest, Hummer-driving, Wall Street gazillion-dollar-bonus-taking CEO, McMansion living, best-est, capitalist selves? Will our standard of living be so compromised that we will have to resort to living in mud huts and saddling up old Bessie to get to town? Hardly. As a matter-of-fact, there might be some obvious positive outcomes like less pollution and new business opportunitiess. But let’s turn the tables. What if I am right and you are wrong? What is the worst possible outcome? I shudder to think of it. I say, let’s err on the side of caution because the alternative is unthinkable. Unfortunately, time is not on our side.
~ Ignoring climate change will be the most costly of all possible choices, for us and our children ~ Peter Ewins