August 07, 2007
The Great Global Warming Swindle
I usually don't discuss global warming. I will admit that I don't think anyone really knows if global warming is real or if it is merely an opinion that has snowballed over time. When I was a young boy (back during Rusty's mild life crisis), I remember that chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs were, "causing the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica to grow." CFCs have been banned en mass for quite sometime and the hole in the ozone layer remains and is growing due to, what was recently admitted, solar activity.
My overall opinion of environmentalism, more specifically, environmentalists are that they are as loony, if not loonier, than the political left. The CFC comparison is one of the many reasons why I think that. However, what I have noticed recently is that the second you say global warming is a farce you are immediately shunned, shouted down, or threatened by those that are trying to tell the world we are all producing too much carbon dioxide. This is a pattern that I also noticed immediately after the 2000 Presidential election here in the United States. The second you said you supported President Bush after January 2001 you were treated as if you just told Al Gore that he was not exactly right about global warming today. Funny how the connection between the left and the environmentalists and their treatment of others comes back to Al Gore.
This morning, reader Don Hagen sent me an e-mail asking me to watch a movie on the topic of global warming as well as comment on the movie aptly named, The Great Global Warming Swindle. I usually don't talk about global warming because I think it is pointless to do so. The fact of the matter is that climate change is normal (remember the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age?).
Another reason I don't discuss it is the fact that real or not the topic of global warming is on the table and isn't coming off the table anytime soon. There are a lot of people dedicated toward reducing carbon dioxide emissions and a lot of taxpayer money being poured into climate research. Like it or not, the topic of global warming is going to be around for a while; at least until the next ice age.
Additionally, there is nothing wrong with humans cleaning up the planet a little, recycling, and planting more trees. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the United States seeking out new ways to power the country that exclude Middle Eastern oil as the main energy source. Hell, as a matter of fact, I've recently purchased a more fuel efficient car. Not because I'm worried about the environment but because I'm tired of paying so much for gas.
I really just don't talk about global warming because it is not a topic that interests me and it is certainly not a topic I feel needs to be debated. Nevertheless, I strongly encourage you to watch the movie Don Hagen asked me to so that you can take what you've heard from the media and what you see in The Great Global Warming Swindle and formulate your own opinion.
Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking