Sunday, December 2, 2007

Global Warming Fear: A good thing from any angle

The Right continues to attack the "Left's" persistence on the global warming issue, saying it is divisive and merely a political ploy, a vain attempt to regain a majority of voters. Recently, a book entitle "Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 years" attempts to dismiss "fear-mongering" from the Left by saying that solar flux varies just slightly enough to create the warming we are currently experiencing, citing the miniature ice age of the Middle Ages. I do agree, however, that such variations have impacts but to harp on this issue so much takes away from the fact that humans have an impact as well, likely the intention of the authors and their sympathizers.

The authors' intention is to calm the global "doom-sayers" and promote economic freedom, concluding that such green/red socialism (inappropriately festive), is a hindrance upon growth and is only hurting poverty, "the greatest problem of all."

Conservation is not the problem, it is the solution! The Right insists on overconsumption and relentlessly sticks to this approach because "The American way of life is a blessed one" (Dana Perino on Bush's answer to whether he would consider reducing consumption of goods/materials, 2003). How can they be so hypocritical to claim that they are pro-human rights when it is the affluence of this country and others that is having such detrimental effects on the Third World countries they pretend to care for?

Resources are finite. No one on the Right seems to get this. If the rich conserve and reduce what they consume, the poor will have more opportunities to better themselves. Not changing our actions and habits will spell disaster, global warming aside.

The Right's stance that the Left's is merely for political strength is hypocritical because it is in itself divisive and economically-based. Are there not "green" businesses? Are they really forsaking their progeny by not quelling their affluence?

The 10 hottest years on record have been in the last 15 years. Is the solar influx peaking or rapidly increasing in order to justify this? Maybe the book goes into more detail than the many reviews lead me to believe. I hope that I'm wrong and that the Right, or at least these individuals, isn't so heartless to promote their agenda in the name of humanitarianism. Carbon dioxide emissions have increased rapidly over the past 15 years, however, thanks to India and China.

Using "green" technology and reducing consumption only extends the life of our "favorite" finite, repeat, finite resources while allowing the poor greater access to goods and opportunities.

-" Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 years" by Dennis T. Avery and S. Fred Singer


Mike M. said...

Big problem for you guys: the temps are falling again. Southern hemisphere just had a long, colder-than-normal winter, Canada is about to have it's coldest winter in 15 years, the PDO has flipped and we're going to see years of La Nina's, and, biggest of all, sunspot activity is plunging to levels not seen since the Dalton Minimum. In less than two years no one will be talking about global warming anymore.

Stuart H M Campbell said...

But can we still talk about energy and resource conservation? Unless I forgot to add that, that's what it all boils down to.