The Global Warming Red Herring

April 25, 2007 08:50 – 08:50

Is global warming myth, supposition, or truth? Science, bad science, or science fiction?

Regardless of the truth of the matter, the dangers of global warming and climate change originally were put forward to try to shock people and governments into doing something about pollution. This appears to have been a miscalculation, however, since—rather than being shocked into doing something massive about pollution—a few vested interests have instead decided to focus on the question of global warming itself rather than deal with the underlying realities of pollution. Global warming has become red herring.

Global warming might or might not be in the cards. At best, it’s a real threat, but peripheral to the real problem. But, even if it’s a total fabrication, that doesn’t change the fact that we’re poisoning the ground, air, and water we need to live. The world we live in has been fashioned by the lifestyles of about a billion people. If a billion people can screw up the ground, water, and air as much as we have, how much more damage will an additional six billion industrialized people do?

As China, India, Africa, South America, Indonesia and other areas become full players in the industrial age, we’re looking at massive amounts of additional pollutants being added to the air, water, and ground–from cars, from power generation, from agribusiness, and from industry. We’re looking at a tremendous increase in the demand for food, clean water, and clean air. The effects on the climate might be debatable. The effects on the lungs, food, and water supply, however, are not.

We’re in a large bus that’s headed for a stone wall at 300 MPH, and the occupants are arguing over the setting of the thermostat. Hot, cold, medium—none of it matters if we poison the planet beyond habitation. And it really doesn’t help that some deluded people pretty high up in the government appear to believe that the earth’s 6,000 years of existence are just about over, and that judgment day makes environmental issues moot.

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