Originally Posted by valanhb
My personal opinion is that it is pretty egocentric to think that we mere humans can do so much that we actually alter the world's climate. Have we harmed the earth? No doubt. But I think the earth is bigger than the sum total of us - it was here before us, and will be here after us. What the global warming crowd ignores are the global climate changes that have been occurring for centuries, and long before the technology of today that is claimed to be responsible for these same climate changes
That is the most dangerous argument against global warming, and, unfortunately, the most misinformed. It always upsets me when intelligent, educated people refuse to acknowledge the very dangerous reality
of climate change. Yuh, there's no way the world can be round either, is there?
If you take a look at the research that has been done, the quantitative measures
taken to examine this (for close to fifty years), you will find that not only do we most certainly have the power to change the earth's climate, it's happened already and all that is left to us is to try to fix it. And it's not egocentric to believe that we could be responsible for it. There are 6 BILLION of us! The average American CAT has a larger global footprint than the average person living in India. That is also just plain true.
Of course global climate changes have been occurring for centuries, but not with anywhere near the rapidity and magnitude in such a short time
as has happened now. And nobody
in the `global warming crowd' has ignored that. They've just disproved it. There is proof
of the reasons for it - namely, greenhouse emissions. It's not a joke, and it's not `conjecture' and anyone who doesn't believe it is deliberately burying their head in the sand. It's not a political ploy, it's just the TRUTH.This topic is not a matter of opinion. It doesn't matter what you think, it's happening, without a doubt, it's our fault, without a doubt, and it's up to us to fix it.
Go see An Inconvenient Truth
. It explains it much better than I can - visually and with graphs so you can actually see how irrelevant the whole `the climate's been changing for centuries' argument really is.
Besides, is this something you really want to be wrong about? Honestly? Because if you are, (and you are) then you don't
want Mother Earth to be saying `I told you so'.