Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Warm Globe That Isn’t (?)

Over the past weeks I've gotten a couple polite nudges in the comments area (I have polite readers!) to check out some sites that push the notion that the hype over global warming is actually hysteria.

This is good. It is easy for me to say I find comfort in this sort of information. It’s when these articles and sites stop appearing that I’m really in trouble.

Please remember, my reaction to what I've read about Global Warming is mine. I have no expectations that this blog’s readers or the world will change because of me. To the extent that I fail when I endeavor to have no expectations, I am sorry.

I believe it's true that Global Warming is occurring. I believe it's likely that human behavior is causing it. I am a human with behaviors. I am choosing to change some of them.

After you check out these sites go see An Inconvenient Truth.

8 comments:

Tim said...

That makes two of us.
Tim.

Anonymous said...

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www.abetterearth.org
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Jim said...

Interesting that the dissenting opinions on the global warming "debate" seem to come from religion-oriented websites. In my five seconds on the first site, I read this:

"The Interfaith Stewardship Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of religious leaders, clergy, theologians, scientists, academics, and other policy experts committed to bringing a proper and balanced Biblical view of stewardship to the critical issues of environment and development."

In science, there is no "proper" or "balanced view". There are only those views that are supported (or not refuted) by the available evidence, and those that are not. "Balance" implies that we weigh the well supported ideas as equal to those that are ill supported. Also, say what you want about the Bible - it's a heck of a book - but when you enter into any rational thought with any bias, including a bias for the Bible, your "balance" can get severely compromised.

I spent some time in grad school doing various experiments pertaining to global climate change. Everything I did, read, and learned from others during that time has taught me that the current line of scientific thought on this issue is very well supported by the evidence, and there isn't much debate on the big picture. If there was a conspiracy to hide the truth, I was never aware of it.

mytzpyk said...

Yo anonymous:

Rats. I thought I had done a pretty good job already of introducing my readers to the two differing evangelical positions on global warming - here. Anyway, thanks for your help.

"reasoned" - things can be very well reasoned yet still be wrong? Even me, eh?

"balanced" - well, balancing perhaps.

It seems the decor(um) has changed here a little bit since you started posting comments. I think it has a lot to do with the anonymous thing. How 'bout registering and at least make it seem like we're all friends here?

Besides, it would seem especially prudent since you're offering me and my readers advice.

George said...

I agree....anonymous posting is bullshit.

Grow a set and register.

SueJ said...

"I highly recommend this blog, a must read everyday!"
Yes, keep reciting the party line, lest something else interfere! (Truth, perhaps?) Anonymity makes senes if you are a function of somebody else's line of thought.

Some time this winter, a latent crop of spores that had been slowly spreading bore fruit and I also reduced my car trips. In February I got an Xtracycle which not only meant I didn't have to say "oh, but this is a potluck, how will I carry the crock pot?" or "how can I carry my trainer to the indoor training rides?" ... and mornings when I would have driven (35 mph winds, freezing rain, etc), it simply and silently implored me that these were the days that really made a *difference.* I rode.

I didn't intend to become anti-car, but now when I get in one, I feel like I'm setting fire to a belching monstrosity. When people argue against our recent restaurant/bar smoking ban with "then they should outlaw driving, too," I'm inclined to think, "and that would be a bad thing?" knowing that wouldn't make any sense to the souls so mired in their dependence. It even got me blogging reflectively...

And ;yea, Fatty sent me here - I didn't want to read about farts...

Fritz said...

I'm very conservative religiously, and to me that also means to care for the planet given for our benefit. There is a theology of enviornmental conservation, even among conservative Christians. A big part of us, however, have bought into the very materialistic, consumerist culture we have in North America.

MrsLBS said...

My general thinking is what if it isn't real (global warming). So what. our world is still prettier, cleaner and we have staved off killing off our species for a few more years. and we are a little healthier, more flexable and perhaps if you ride the bus have a little more tolerance. yeehaw. I prefer to ere on the side of caution when it come to global annihilation and wretched environmental polluting behaviors. and if I am wrong? I will have saved a few bucks, stretched my brain and thumbed my nose at all the industries who insist I cannot live without thier convience products. And I will have taught my children not to be dependant on things, not believe the advertising hype and that they really are capable of more. good enough for me. So either global warming is a problem or it isn't. is it really such a big deal to live as if it were? we have plenty of environmental problems, they all have a similar solutions. if you are wrong on one you were right on another. you can't miss.