There are a series of questions one must ask when thinking about this whole issue.
Is the earth warming?
If it is, does it matter?
Does it matter enough that it is a crisis that needs our action?
If it is a crisis, is there anything we can do about it?
Question 1: I think that enough doubt has been thrown on this that I don’t know. Why doesn’t someone (without a dog in the hunt) host some kind of debate? Let the alarmists put up their best and the doubters put up their best and let each make their case.
Question 2: Maybe it doesn’t really matter! Maybe we should just make some adjustments and ride it out. Respond to effects as they occur.
Question 3: Are we doomed to swelter away as we eat our children and drink battery acid? If that’s the case, then we should do everything we can to reverse the trend or else start storing up food and water and get armed and ready to defend it for your family.
Question 4: Is there anything we could do that will reverse it? I heard somewhere that even if all the suggested measures were implemented across the globe (very unlikely) then it would have very little effect.
I’m all for clean air. Remember acid rain? We were pretty much able to stop that weren’t we? There are even fish in Lake Erie now! Anyway, I just don’t believe that CO2, the stuff we exhale is such a huge problem. I think the earth was created as a balanced system that has endured much longer than Man has been around. I think it is arrogant in the extreme to believe that humanity’s emmissions would throw the ecosystem out of kilter. As if God hadn’t designed the system to handle some CO2!
A couple things I’ve been thinking about…
The world’s oceans naturally absorb CO2 out of the atmosphere. The warmer the water, the more CO2 it can absorb. (Phytoplankton anyone?) So, if the earth warms because of CO2 in the atmosphere, the oceans will restore the balance, naturally! If you believe life developed from pond scum on this earth, it would be ludicrous to assume that it could be knocked off balance so easily–otherwise life would never have developed to such a high level! And if you believe God created everything as it exists today, then you display a deep distrust in God to think he would not have built in self-correcting mechanisms in his creation.
Another one. The sun’s energy has more to do with the earth’s temperature than any other factor. What if the sun’s radiation is cyclical?
Another one. Volcanoes emit more greenhouse gases in one good eruption than all the pollution man has emitted in the entire industrial age. Again, if the earth’s system was so fragile, it would have collapse a long time ago.
Another one. I’ve heard stories of temperature sensors set up in locations where the surrounding conditions change. If a building goes up and the shadow crosses over it at a certain time of day, then the average temp goes down. If trees are cut down, the temp goes up. Due to urban sprawl, many out-of-the-way remote temperature measurement stations are being overtaken and that changes their readings. Also, since they’ve started measuring the temp from satellites, the readings have been declining (since 1998) whereas before, when the temps were taken from those remote stations there was a steady increase. Maybe the previous data cannot be trusted?
I guess, on the whole, I’m a doubter. I doubt that it’s been proven that the earth is warming and I doubt that if it is then it is really so much of a problem. And even if it is a problem, what can we do about it that will make any difference. The proposed measure do more harm than global warming.
One last thought and I’m done. Who stands to benefit from these anti-AGW measures? Those are the ones who are pushing it. Who stands to benefit with the status quo? Those are the ones who are opposing it. I don’t trust either one to be telling the whole truth.