RingtailedFox wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:36 pm
But... even IF we're not partly or even fully to blame for global warming, it's still a good idea to cut emissions and clean up pollution.
* The Earth has undergone nearly constant climate change. Michigan has been under a mile of ice....it's been an ocean. We are in a constant state of flux
* We have kept temp records for perhaps 200 years....accurate ones for less than 100. We have no freaking idea what is normal.
* Core samples show evidence of dynamic change.
* Extra terrestrial impact events, volcanic events like Pinatuba and the 3rd (or is the fourth?) yet to come eruption of Yellowstone, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the increasing disrespect of man for other men will wipe us out long before "climate change" we think we are causing. There have been 4 extinction events that we know of, and many large impacts with space objects. We are just in a "sunny summer afternoon" of life on an otherwise turbulent Earth.
However, Ringtail's comment is correct and quite inspired. It makes sense to act wisely. We are fools to think that we can control the changes going on by burning less or more carbon. We are further fools to think we can dramatically change in anything short of several generations. I laugh at the "green" people with electric cars on Maui, and the millions spent on silly charging stations to support them. The cars are essentially being powered by the diesel fuel running Maui Electric's gas turbines and reciprocating diesels. Solar will help run your house, so will wind power....neither are suitable for practical mobile use like driving to Chicago and back in a day.
That said, it is always wise to cut emissions as much as possible and pollute as little as possible.