Monday, March 16, 2009

A Dedication to All Those Global Warming Naysayers Out There

A couple of weeks ago, during CPAC, I came across this documentary, which refutes the claims of global warming.  After watching the trailer, I deduce that this film is more concerned with keeping things the same, arguing that the cost to change would be far more devastating economically than warming temperatures are environmentally.  At one point in the trailer, a gentleman says “I don’t think it would be a bad thing for this world to warm up.  In fact, ice is the enemy of life.”

Truth be told, I don’t like being cold and like warm summer days.  I detest cold feet and love it when it’s 72 and sunny in March.  But when I see articles like this, which say the sea level is rising and New York could potentially get close to two extra feet of water by the beginning of the next century, then I think there’s a problem.  That, and I happen to like breathing fresh air.  In preparation for this article, I Googled Global Warming Myths, and found plenty of articles against global warming.  Frankly, I don’t care who’s right.  What I do care about is a healthy, vibrant planet that we all can peacefully inhabit.  For example, oil won’t last forever as it is an infinite resource.  Let’s just suppose we have 100 years of oil left on this planet.  Instead of waiting to run out in 100 years, why don’t we use our smarts to create a clean alternative? 

Oh, but it’s so expensive to retool.  Innovations cost money.  Companies couldn’t possibly afford to make all the necessary upgrades to run an environmentally responsible factory, right?  Who wants to invest in new technologies when what we have works fine?  Sure, it’s expensive and difficult.  Kicking smoking is difficult too, but those that do are healthier and happier.  I would think that the long term benefits outweigh the initial outlay.  Plus, think of all the jobs that would be created.  And, don’t forget about removing the chain that is foreign oil. 

Look, I’m just coming at this with some common sense.  It wasn’t that long ago that gas was $4.00 a gallon and everybody was making sacrifices.  Just because it’s under $2.00 doesn’t mean that things are back to normal and we’re ok.  It can just as easily go back, or even go higher.  These matters affect all of us and it is up to all of us to do what we can.  Yes, you’ve heard it all before and it’s true, this starts at home.  However, we also need to support steps that move this country in an environmentally friendly direction.  That means supporting government policy that invests in green innovation and companies that utilize those developments.  We will all be better off for it.

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