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25. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 28, 2012, 17:20 Prez
When it comes to global warming, frankly I don't trust either side. I think it is safe to say the the earth is warming, as we are coming out of a recent (relative to the earth's age anyway) ice age, so that puts me out with the "global warming is a myth" crowd. At the same time, there isn't anywhere enough empirical scientific evidence to convince me that something humanity is doing is having any noticeable effect on the environment. We lack any kind of baseline for how the earth would be warming in the long term without humans present at all, so any conclusions are immediately specious just for starters. I could go on but suffice it to say that I am not convinced with what science has put forth thus far. Correlation does not prove causality no matter how temperature seems to follow CO2 emmissions, any more than areas having large amount of cow flatulence also having lower crime rates means cow farts reduce crime. So often science grossly underestimates the earths's ecosystem's ability to assimate bad things introduced into it and heal itself.

Both sides are way too fanatical and way too emotionally invested in the issue to be trusted, and on some levels this includes scientists, but also the corporations who stand to gain or lose billions on the issue if we could just sell the public on one viewpoint or the other. I prefer a more pragmatic approach; whether or not cars spewing poison into the air has any long term effect on mother earth's ecosystem (about which I am all for further study to be sure), I don't see how anyone could think that this isn't bad for the short term air that we all have to breath. So turn off your car when you are just sitting, and roll down your window when it's nice out, and maybe walk your fat ass instead of driving everywhere even though it's a mile away, and, if you are an asshole, for God's sake, stop breathing!
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