Climate Change. It's in all the papers, it's on the news, it's out there, echoing and haunting anyone who can actually look at the data. So I'm not here to convince you about it. I believe it's happening and that's good enough for me.
There are folks out there who literally wage a campaign of disinformation, denial and discreditation upon any of those that talk about Man Made Global Warming. Science, just a decade and a half ago, was implying we might see a sudden cold snap in the form of an Ice Age. So they were wrong about that and now do a one eighty and start clamoring about global warming and suddenly it's our fault?
I mean, sure that's true, and you can see how it looks. Yes, science has been wrong before. Don't think that lets all of you off the hook. I mean, what's the alternative to the information we're getting? Intelligent Catastrophe?
Okay, let's change a track or two for a bit. Let's just say the data so far does indicate that the world is getting warmer. Now, if you find this news somewhat disturbing and wonder why no-one sent you the memo, I have another news flash for ya. This is not new news.
You see, the world is getting warmer. It's been doing that since, oh, about 23,000 years ago or so. Yeah. Global Warming once again the culprit. Probably not man made global warming, but the cities in antiquity and the animal species that were inundated over that time from then til now are surely not too concerned over who -- or what -- was to blame.
And there's the crux of the situation. Does it really, honestly matter if it's completely natural, this whole temperature rising thing? Think about it. If the temp's going up and we're looking at the possibility of water rising, green house gases increasing, ice melting, etc., does it really matter if we're helping it along or not?
Let's say we can stop helping it along tomorrow. Just completely stop. What difference will that make? How many years do we shave off the inevitable of natural cyclic global warming? Does it save us ten years? Twenty? Fifty?
Wow. A whole lifetime, maybe. So I might be able to live to the end of my life and see all the beaches along the North American coastline looking exactly the same (well, maybe an inch or two more under the water, I suppose.)
So where does that leave my daughter? Where does that leave my step-grandchildren? All my nieces, nephews, children of friends, the rest of my country, the world?
Then again, is any of that really my problem? I mean, if you ask any staunch Neo-Con Republican, their answer would be a resounding, "No." After all, Repubs think you should take care of yourself and your own only. No need for expensive government programs, funding or creating more regulation to prevent corporations from continuing to heat things up and despoil the land. Huh uh, that's just a waste of money.
You know, much as I disagree with that overall selfish point of view (and in this case, not altruistic at all) in this particular case, to some extent, they may be right. We shouldn't be wasting our money on stopping global warming. We shouldn't be wasting our time trying to prevent it.
Instead, what we should be doing is looking for ever more ways to adapt to the situation. Yes, we should be looking for ways to reduce the drag and the damage we bring onto the rest of the planet -- all of it. Yes, we should be seeking to create a better world and greater humane treatment of our fellow man.
There's no doubt about it, people. This whole, twisted and perverted attitude of hooray for me, screw the rest of you, is a dead-end street. It's not how this country was built. It's not how history portrays the progress we've made. It's not how the geological and paleontological records should end up portraying us in that far off day when we are no longer here and some other species digs up our remains and puzzles out how we came to meet our end.
Reduce our carbon footprint. Hmm, that's a toughie. How about we reduce our dependance on coal, oil and maybe quit spewing all that junk into the air that we do so well?
It's not about our avoidance of global warming, it's just a smart thing to do. We're poisoning our air, our water, our ground with all this crap we don't recycle, don't seem to care to recycle and seem to wish to have it magically disappear.
This is the whole reason we have people of conscience. This is the very sort of issue that science is a perfect fit for resolution. This is the sort of thing that politics was intended to sort out.
So what's the problem? I mean, back in 1986 I had a car that got nearly 40 miles per gallon. Today, we have auto manufacturers, one and all, crowing about how their latest cars get as much as 32 miles per gallon.
Excuse me? So let me get this straight, just so we can all be on the same page. In 1986 I had a car that got almost 40 miles per gallon. In 2011, we have cars from pretty much all manufacturers crowing about how cool it is that their cars get up to 32 miles per gallon. Is that about right? Okay, there are a few out there that do get almost 40 and a few more that do get up to 35, but wouldn't that be the expectation in 25 years of auto manufacturing excellence?
So, with a 25 year increase in all our technology and engineering improvements, the entire auto industry, hands down, has been making cars that use More Fuel and get Less Miles Per Gallon. Is there anything wrong with this picture to you?
So who's fault is it that we're making less fuel efficient cars in that time? Who's the wise guy -- or guys -- that thought that making more wasteful vehicles over time was a good idea? Didn't we all learn in school that oil is a finite resource and that conservation is a good thing? Did I go to another school from everyone else?
Just something to consider. We've got a real mess on our hands, no matter how you slice it. Global warming. Waste of resources. Global irresponsibility and political misconduct -- also on a global scale -- to proportions that are staggeringly hard to imagine.
So, irrespective of who's actually responsible for what, let's step back a moment and take a good, clear look at this situation.
You decide. Is the world getting warmer? Are we actually making more fuel efficient cars? Are we doing all that we can to stop wasting resources, harming the environment and making the world a better place? Are we?
Because if we're not, then there's no point in pointing a finger in any one direction -- unless you look in the mirror at your own reflection. We are all here on the same planet. If it takes a village, then we're all part of that global village. That includes big business, politicians, and scientists.
I know, I know, you're busy. You've got a life and all that. Isn't part of that life supposed to also be a quality of life? Isn't that quality of life worth a small investment of your valuable time? Time in making sure you demand social responsbility and accountability from your elected leaders? Ensuring that the enterprises who sell you all this stuff for the sake of the money in your pocket shouldn't be ruining the environment in the process? Of taking the time to find out what science knows and what it doesn't know and then demand that they keep at it and help us save us from ourselves?
If you have kids, then you're even busier. I get it. Having a kid, a family and those responsibilities are a real game changer though, aren't they? And then it's even more important that you at least take some time to make sure those others out there are also looking out for you and yours.
And that's it. It all comes back to what's really in your best interests. Or what's in the best interests of your family and your children. Not just for today, tomorrow or next year. Do we have ten years? Twenty? Fifty?
Is that a bet you're willing to take?
I didn't think so. See you at the shores. Oh before I go, I'd like to leave you with a song quote from The Police's song, "One World (Not Three:)