Here's my two pennies worth.
Firstly, there is no doubt that global change is a reality, and always has been. Climate change has always affected the planet, long before us humans
ever showed up, driven by a number of factors.
Yes, I agree that we should be trying to do more to conserve energy and be greener but this drive has to come from the top. Thus, it will not happen
as those at the top are driven by big business concerns, from which many who govern are making large personal fortunes. It's all part and parcel of
the modern consumer driven economy.
Secondly, the cynical side of me sees more and more evidence of manipulation of data to suit one agenda or another. We have the saintly Mr. Gore,
would be savior of the planet, telling us all to conserve energy and reduce our carbon footprints to save the earth. This does not stop him then
flying around the world on the lecture circuit, thus creating himself a massive carbon footprint, telling everyone else what to do. Then we have him
pimping "Green Business" initiatives with whom he has personal financial ties and which will make him even richer. That does not sit well with me
The financial thieves who play the stock markets are already salivating at the newest money making schemes - trading carbon credits as a commodity -
that it rather gives the impression of another big con game. I see from the following link that we may well soon have personal carbon credits:
Surely, the idea of a big polluter buying carbon credits from someone "greener" makes a mockery of the whole idea of cutting emissions?
The upshot is, I guess, that we'll all see higher taxation to pay for green initiatives and as a penalty for driving a car (as if we are not hit hard
enough already) while at the same time being offered nothing in return as an incentive.
Shouldn't all the extra taxation and revenue be used to implement, for instance, a viable national public transport system? - thus reducing the
number of cars on the roads. Such things need to be run at the national level though, by people who know what they are doing, not farmed out to
private companies who only care about the bottom line and board room bonuses.
So, in summary, Yes - climate change is real but as for the man-made idea, I am still skeptical. So far it all seems to be one big pyramid scheme to
rob the people of more of their hard earned cash with no return on investment for the taxpayer (no alternatives to current fuels etc).
[edit on 26-5-2008 by Britguy]