Saturday, May 19, 2007

Hey, didja hear the one about global warming?

(Via WorldNet Daily)

Climate change will be considered a joke in five years time, meteorologist Augie Auer told the annual meeting of Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers in Ashburton this week.

Man's contribution to the greenhouse gases was so small we couldn't change the climate if we tried, he maintained.

"We're all going to survive this. It's all going to be a joke in five years," he said.

A combination of misinterpreted and misguided science, media hype, and political spin had created the current hysteria and it was time to put a stop to it.

"It is time to attack the myth of global warming," he said.


My only argument with Mr. Auer is that global warming, at least as far as human actions effect it, is a joke now. We don't need to wait 5 years to figure that out.

Sure the planet's getting warmer, but this is simply part of a pattern that has been there since there was climate. What we do in our daily life (reported in the article as creating a whopping total of 0.12% of the total greenhouse gases) isn't going to make a difference.

I had a "discussion" with someone at work a few months ago, on the occasion of driving my rather large SUV (a Chevy Suburban K2500, affectionately known as "Tow Beast") to work as a part of its weekly workout. Their point was that I was "killing the planet" by driving it. I pointed out to them that I bought it because it can tow 17,000 pounds, not because of its great gas mileage. I also pointed out that, as she well knew, it isn't driven my 33 mile trip to work every day, and that in the normal course of events I drive a car that gets slightly over double the MPG.

But then I hit them with the killer. "I don't save energy or recycle to save the planet. The planet doesn't need saving. I save energy because it saves me money, and I'm a cheap bastard. If you planet savers want to get people to save energy, show them how it saves them green, not makes them green."

They didn't have an answer for that. And somewhere in the distance, you could hear Al Gore cry.

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