posted on Sep, 26 2005 @ 04:41 AM
Astrocreep, I don't think anyone on this board takes the position that global warming is solely the result of man's pollution & tampering. Global
warming is however a fact, it is happening. Records over the past 50 years clearly show the trend towards higher global temperatures. The rapid
retreat of glaciers around the world, the slowing of the Gulf Stream, the increasing desertification of previously arable land, the huge quantities of
fresh water pouring into the artic oceans and the declining ice cover, and other facts all underscore the fact of global warming. What portion of the
phenomenon is attributal to mankind is really not very important except to politicians and others who want to proscribe certain human activities in
the, probably mistaken, belief the trend will stop, or reverse.
Evidence has been gathered for years about the subject of man's pollution of the environment and its effect on global warming; however, that
evidence, to date, remains largely inconclusive and is hotly debated. There is no argument about the act of pollution, or the effect of pollution,
only the rapidity with which it must be curtailed and who should pay or otherwise be held accountable for doing something about it. In general, the
poor countries want the industrialized countries to pay and be held accountable, while the richer, industrialized countries hold that position to be
unfair, since all have benefited from the products and processes that contribute to pollution.
As the planet continues to heat up, the polite war of words between the two sides may escalate to attempts at punitive actions of one sort or another.
However, no action by any country will make much difference over the next few decades. It is only in the fullness of time (lots of it) that changes
can really make any difference. The attempts at finger pointing and tongue wagging are therefore pointless and designed to make the citizens of some
countries feel better, or more virtuous, or whatever, rather than actually intended to do something about the problem.
For anyone to actually believe that mankind's actions have tipped the world over some irreversible threshold is, in my opinion, almost laughable.
The world may, indeed have crossed such a threshold and mankind probably helped it get there, but our actions are relatively puny compared to natural
processes and our attempts at remedial actions will be relatively puny as well--none-the-less, we should attempt such actions. If for no other reason
than to make ourselves feel better, or at least feel less guilty as species after species goes belly up. We can all go to our graves feeling as if we
did what we could to preserve the richness of life on Earth for our descendants.
[edit on 26-9-2005 by Astronomer68]