Monday, March 2, 2009
Global Warming: Cause Doesn't Matter
Some Japanese scientists are breaking with Al Gore and others who insist global warming is the result of actions made by man.
One of the scientists goes so far as to compare the computer modeling used by the United States and the United Nations to prove that global warming is the result of greenhouse gas emissions to "ancient astrology."
I am not a scientist and such discussions within the scientific community, challenging widely held conclusions, are healthy. But the bottom line to all of this is, it doesn't really matter who is right.
No one could reasonably suggest that the way we treat this home of ours, Planet Earth, is particularly wise. We breath in greenhouse gases that are harmful to our health. We produce Styrofoam and plastics that will take generations to break down - if ever.
We drive where we once walked so we are not as healthy as we once were.
Global warming may be the result of cyclical patterns in our climate. Or it may be the result of farting cows and automobile emissions and factory smoke stacks. It really doesn't matter.
The fact is, even if the computer models are no more accurate than "ancient astrology" (I know, more than a few will probably challenge me on the assertion that astrology is inaccurate) the prudent thing to do, as the first President Bush might say, is to reduce greenhouse emissions and take steps to clean up our planet.
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