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From my ultra right-wing warming-denier old friend
And nice winter indeed! Has cost me a couple of $thousand for plowing, roof clearing and extra heating oil.
Global warming... seriously? I've been hearing about prior local winter chills and storms going back well over a hundred years,
but then it was simply "weather". Now the story is jet stream displacement plus more atmospheric moisture ...
but is that all linked to my SUV?
Seven weeks to go and goodbye to 75; days pass by ever faster, it seems...
My response to him:
Your SUV is but a microscopic (or less) factor in a phenomenon of conversion of billions of years of terrestrial carbon accretions (coal, petro) into gases and particulates spewed into the atmosphere within a period of a couple hundred years at most.
Automotive exhausts of thousands of cars hardly moving during "rush" hour commutes plus coal fired generating plants to day-light-up night, deforestation for heat and cooking which transforms carbon substance into carbon in the atmosphere.
Global warming a myth? Deglaciation an hallucination? Diminishing arctic ice to the point of open passage this year a lie?
Well, there's been all kinds of precedents for such left-wing anarchist anti-corporate wingnuts: those who wept and wailed about lead and asbestos and raw sewage into the rivers and harbors and tobacco and the bullshit Cassandras trying to screw up the great American experiment of straight-row constant crop pre-dustbowl farming.
If the earth were your SUV and there were some evidences of things amiss and there was some possibility that you should change what you're putting into it or how you're operating it, you'd sure as hell take preemptive steps and stops of what even MIGHT be detrimental (especially considered as an addend to natural processes of cyclic detrimentalism as far as the earth itself is concerned).
Again, if it were regarding erectile dysfunction, a "just might" and the male mass of mankind would boycott the product or procedure, if not attack and destroy the production thereof.
On what premise is GWD (global warming denial) promulgated and almost preached as if doctrine? Because the automotive industry might emerge from its age of reciprocating engine dynosaur as special creation and do what's already being done which almost every other technology has already done? Revolutionize/modernize?
Perhaps the petroleum industry would suffer if people drove less or drove less inefficient vehicles? Less profits from gas sales? Then why the hell the drop from upwards toward $4 per gallon not so long ago to just over $2/g now?
Why, if global warming a hoax and thus who cares what goes up into the atmosphere and is absorbed into the oceans and is apparently, likely, even causing systemic changes (acidity, temperature-species distributions), why are major oil companies conducting R & D on alternatives? Why articles in Forbes now and then extolling the alternative energy (mobile and stationary outputs) of entrepreneurs?
Doomsdayers may be extremists (eco-millenarians) -- but just on the chance that what our streams of carbon emissions and pollutants and plastics particulates are precipitating as ecological disruption, just on the chance, wouldn't caution be wisdom? Curtailment even potential preservation? Conversion to lesser usage as socio-system and hybrid grid/interfaces as distribution systems for advanced power needs?
And what, I wonder, do you make of the hoaxers purporting to manufacture those electric vehicles that will so severely cripple the petroleum industry and all that function on drills and fracks and the dividends payable?
Elon Musk -- radical anti-corporate insurgent. Chevrolet, Toyota, and a couple others (all electrics) now revealed as corporate traitors?
Maybe warming is a fluctuation, only fractionally influenced by human activities (which include the effects and pollutants and poisons and eutrophications of factory farming.
Maybe warming isn't, and the glaciers and Arctic are melting and measured temps are climbing because of solar intensity variations or subterranean (magmic) intensifications or surface-ifications undiscovered.
Proof? Evidence? Even indication?
There's indication, to say the least, of overall global warming. Regional almost violent variations seem to be part of the package of disruption of climatically established systems, streams, flows, snows, and all.
Global warming should be beside the point.
The point is that we need to change our way of living because the planet is already crowded and the extant systems to provide are exploiting the resources which will need increase as the population increases. The developed nations are the overwhelming contributants of causes of ecological disruption. The actual population increase is taking place in few regions of the earth -- those therein almost doomed to the "corrections" of plagues and famines.
The point is that progress is change. Preventing rivers from catching fire or spreading cholera was progress.
Preventing clogs of carcinogenic and possibly atmospheric-damaging traffic jams of combustion engines will be not only progress, but highly productive for industries to make a whole new generation of automotives (and, with the cahoots of regulatory legislation and inspection) which will force the older cars into the crushers and the public to purchase the new.
The point is that "global warming" may end up being the most efficacious marketing of new system/efficient/resource-saving cars and appliances and water usage and electrical collection and so much more.
Global warming a hoax?
Global warming, the most cleverly hidden and insidiously effective way to revive the economy by condemning or pricing out of maintenance the past and forcing the new of everything upon the consumer-public of the whole world's developed nations.