July 19, 2006
Hippies, dirt-worshippers, and nanny statists everywhere have convinced most of the public that global warming is very real. At first (I remember television movies about it) we were all going to be wearing SPF 6BILLION by the time I was old enough to drive. Now people just predict huge storms, very cold winters, and other climatological 'disasters.'
Of course, there are people on the other side (I can't really characterize them with funny names because there aren't all that many and I haven't noted any unifying lunacy among those originating the theory) who are saying that global warming isn't real.
And then there's the question of whether or not "global climate change" is a result of man's activities.
There are headlines flying around in both directions. There isn't enough detail and I'm not informed enough to assesss the information given to make a determination.
But I know one thing: I don't care.
I'm not a climatologist. I'm not interested in environmentalism. I barely recycle even when it's convenient.
If global warming is real, so what?
I know how to deal with a gigantic hurricane: run away.
I know how to deal with tornados: run away.
I know how to deal with very hot sunshine: stay inside with the AC on HIGH.
I know how to deal with very cold winter: stay inside with the electric blanket on HIGH.
I know how to deal with rising sea levels: Run away. (Or go Holland-style and get you a levee.)
I know how to deal with floods: run away... to a boat.
I know how to deal with the planet exploding into a million billion little pieces: run away... in a space ship.
I don't know of any viable alternative to the course of development of human civilization spurred by market mechanics. Attempts to regulate and force people into adopting more expensive, less efficient technology in an effort to protect the environment will only make the human condition worse in the long run and undoubtedly fail to address the environmental problem in the first place. That is just the nature of government regulations.
But I'll also throw this out there: I'm sick of hearing about Global Warming. I'm sick of every time there's a hurricane, someone screaming about Global Warming. I'm tired of people saying that Hurricane's J through Beta or whatever were a clear sign of global warming when, in fact, it is insufficient evidence for the claim. Al Gore, I'm talking about you.
It's all just so boring. Why I even brought it up on my blog, I just can't remember right now. Someone was probably talking about it and I was busy sighing audibly and rolling my eyes. Sooo over it.
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