conservativecat Wrote: Nobody questions we're ticking up on warmer .....
Nobody? Have you ever once listened to the vast majority of Republicans on Capitol Hill? Hell - Jim Inhoffe, the chairman of the Environment and Public Works committee, stood on the Senate floor with a snowball to disprove that the earth is warming. The CHAIRMAN!
conservativecat Wrote: but we know for a fact its happened centuries in the past, and we know for a fact humans didn't cause it then, right?
Again - the vast majority of Republicans believe in creationism and the "young earth" theory. They simply don't believe that the earth was around 20,000 years ago, let alone 4.6 billion.
It's quite difficult to convince someone who takes a snowball on the Senate floor or someone who believes that the earth is only a few thousand years old that the earths climate is changing and getting warmer.
conservativecat Wrote: So what DID cause it then? Because whatever caused it then might be causing it now. Any reasonable, logical thinking person has to take that into consideration. From 1880 to present is a small blip in time.
The wonderful thing about science is that they are willing to admit what they don't know. But what they do know is that dangerous levels of carbon dioxide and methane in the air brings about a chain reaction that warms the planet to dangerous and potentially catastrophic levels.
It's hard to know exactly what caused the mass warming that began 20,000 years ago because the humans who lived during the Upper Paleolithic age were only beginning to live in settlements and the scientific theory wasn't invented yet. It could have been the earths tilt, solar storms, asteroids, or any other number of things.
Regardless of what caused the last warming, it's hard to compare it to what's going on in modern day because that warming brought about the Holocene Epoch that we are still benefiting from today. If we had another mass warming event comparable to what happened at the end of the Paleolithic age then you can just waive goodbye to human civilization because the oceans would be toxic and plants wouldn't be able to grow.
I will give you credit for going against the vast majority of your Republican brethren, but the problem as I see it is that it's hard to move forward toward solutions if one side is still in denial that the earth is even warming.
It also doesn't help that we now have a President who tried to say that the heavens opened up and the sun came out as soon as he started giving his inaugural address when the exact opposite thing happened. How are we ever going to figure out how to tackle something as monumental as this when the sides can't even agree what the baseline facts are?