Wednesday, July 04, 2007

My Chevy Suburban Is A Prius Offset

Someone out there has bought a Prius in order to save the world. I hope they don’t get too happy…my Chevy Suburban Z71 is offsetting their lowered carbon footprint with a heap of good old fashioned CO and CO2 output.

I don’t mean to turn this blog into a global warming tirade, it’s just that this Live Earth poop that’s all the rage is driving me crazy. There is simply no scientific proof that global warming is due to man. Period. While there is some scientific data that shows global temperatures have risen a half-degree or so (Celsius) in the last 50 plus years, but it has been far, far warmer in the past than it is now. And that is a fact that is simply irrefutable. And yet the world didn’t end. I’m sick of hearing that there is a consensus among scientists that man is causing global warming. There can be no such thing. Science is one of two things- proven scientific fact that can be argued by no one (examples include gravity, the fact the earth circles the sun, that the earth is round, etc), or a theory that is in the process of being proven or disproved. Man-made global warming is a theory, and one suffering more and more hits to its veracity every day.

There is a wonderful film online worth watching that I encourage anyone reading this to watch. Its called The Great Global Warming Swindle, and should be watched alongside Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth to get a good look at both sides of the argument. Isn’t that the best way to do it? To listen to all arguments and weigh the evidence in order to make up your own mind? Check it out:

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Liza on Maui said...

still busy at work ?

DigitalRich said...

Oh my gosh yes. Insanity. I really need to have my stock portfolio explode or come up with a $10 million dollar idea so I can sit back and relax :)

I have a plan to publish 3-4 posts a day to catch up over the next few days. We'll see.

A Person said...

Even Bush has given up the "I don't believe in global warming" line and moved on to the current skeptic talk, which is moaning about how poor polluting corporations cannot possibly curb what they spew into the air, soil, and water without ruining the economy.

And we all know President Bush is a dumb as a stick and that may be one of his best qualities. Of course, President Bush stuck to his line until the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announcements this year, but as his corporate oil pals have already gone as far as they can to gut environmental law in the U.S. He started experimenting as a governor by making his state one of the most polluted ones and then decided to run for president so he and his greedy pals could continue making money, while the air, soil, and water continued to be polluted.

Most children these days contain more toxins in their bodies than their parents, and the biggest source of it they get when babies when they breastfeed.

Back to global warming, no rational person would point to a few of their opinions (there is not enough information on where you found all the interesting science pieces you mention or who the scientists were).

There are always people (scientists, too) who are on the fringe of what is going on (out of the picture). I often find when I do have enough information or links and read entire articles or gather more information on what a skeptic has added, that it is clear the skeptic has only added the parts that seem to back up his opinions.

It is very easy to find excerpts from the IPCC 4th Assessment Report (AR4), Working Group Report: The Physical Science Basics. Between the four groups who put together different reports using scientific evidence, there are more than 2000+ scientists who have been working towards these reports for years.

So, even though I am not a betting person, I would imagine most reasonable, rational people will go with the 2000+ scientists, rather than the opinions of one guy, and the excerpts he extracts from here and there. A handful of scientists versus 2000+. There is no question for a rational person which group wins out in the credibility contest.

So go back to skeptic school and stop straining everyone's patience. Global warming is unequivocal and there is sufficient evidence to determine some of the effects are anthropogenic, caused by people.

I do not know why so many men like to play devil's advocate with someone as serious for their children and possible grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Play devil's advocate if you choose and ride around in your gas guzzing car, polluting the environment for your children and grandchildren, etc. Yeah, that is really funny, isn't it?

I am very happy that other Americans are not putting future generations at risk and are doing what they can to stop global warming. The lightbulb thing is a no brainer, for example. You will save money replacing regular bulbs as they last so much longer.

From the pictures on your blog, you seem like you are very attached and concerned for your children.

So be a good parent. The odds are very, very, very good that you are wrong about this, and if you are and do nothing (along with those you have persuaded to do nothing), the consequences are potentially catastrophic for every facet of human life and civilization and especially for future generations, including for your offspring.

The temperatures will not rise as fast for Antartica as for the Artic, where the projected range of temperatures changes goes up to 11 degrees celcius at the maximum.
(It's in the report. If you want something closer to home than the North and South Poles, Ontario's website gogreenontario has climate modelling for different regions of Ontario. Try the high end projections for the north east of Ontario for each time period. The temperatures towards the Artic will be much, much warmer than where I live.

The small temperature changes are already causing problems for the Inuit people in Canada's arctic who depend on hunting and living on the land as their traditional way of life. Not only is the ice getting thinner, and that will continue to adversely effect caribou, polar bears and seals, it is already thawing the permafrost upon which roads and villages are built. One village has already had to be abandoned.

Do what is in the best interests of your children and their children. Isn't that what good parents do? Start taking small steps and making small changes to reduce your impact on the environment.

There are lots of credible websites which will help you figure out what you can do (The David Suzuki Foundation, Union of Concerned Scientists...).

DigitalRich said...

HennyPenny- Wow! Thanks for two things...firstly for stopping by. I appreciate it. Secondly, for taking the time to leave such a detailed and thoughtful comment.

While normally I would dive right in and engage in fun, kind and thoughtful debate, I am not nearly concerned with trying to be right or win an argument as I used to. I appreciate your stance, your beliefs, and your position on the issue. I am more concerned with other things right now...not just with myself, but with others, including you- how is your life doing? Your kids (if you have them), your relationships with your parents and friends? I know I struggle with most of these and am more concerned with them than my Suburban or your Prius, or anything at all that Al Gore or George Bush has to say. Much more so than I used to be.

So, I respect your concern for the issue, and the steps you want to take to address it. Bravo. Seriously. I am doing things in my own way.

I have 5 other members of my immediate family and so need a large car to transport them. I care deeply for them (as most all parents/husbands do), and so a big safe car is important to me. I don't litter, I care for our land, and I am trying to learn to love and respect others better.

So, thanks again. I hope you have a great weekend!