Monday, January 11, 2010

Global Warming

I know people who have hesitated to jump on the political bandwagon of "global warming" have been extensively bashed in the media and on social sites like facebook. "How could they not believe what science is saying?" is the usual refrain.

Now even the top scientists are saying, "Well, uh, we're not going to be warming for 30 years and, well, maybe 50% of the last decade's warming was natural, not man-made."

So that's an interesting turn of events. And it parallels what a lot of very intelligent people I personally know have been saying all along: the Earth goes through natural warming and cooling cycles, and while we're not denying there has been a warming cycle....we are debating the "it's all man's fault--now you rich countries have to give everyone else billions of dollars" approach, and we're hesitant to say it's never going to change to a cooling cycle ever again.

So there you have it.

Even the news is saying it, too. Now.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

First, it's ridiculous for the second scientist quoted to say, "If it's getting hotter, it's global warming. What about the cold? That's global warming, too."

But on the flip side, even if natural cycles did cause a full 50% of temperature increases over the last thirty years...that means we're still responsible for the other 50%. And if we continue with current behaviors, and the world enters another warming period, I might feel concerned. Whatever your views on the solution, it still seems to me that now is a pretty good time to figure out a plan.