Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Blowhards deny humans damaging planet

The lunatic fringe (look in the looney links to your right- ahem, cough, it has 'strib' in the name, scroll down to 'It aint over...' [not gonna dignify them with a link]) is back at it, stepping in line behind the president in firmly disavowing any correlation between the burning of fossil fuels and global warming or climate change.

While I will state up front that I am not going to waste my time digging up the facts to support my beliefs, I will say that to ignore changes in the behavior of our planet is to lead to your own demise.

With that said, on with my 'editorial'.

Of course humans are damaging the planet. It's the extent of the damage that is in constant question and disagreement.

We, as humans, are burning fossil fuels at an ever increasing rate. Eventually the supply will become depleted to a point that its demand WILL cause an increasing amount of conflicts. The supply of oil is finite. Our planet only has so much space. However, we have only been exploiting this resource for a century, we aren't sure how the planet will behave as it unwillingly gives up more and more of its supply of oil.

The fact that we are burning both oil and coal at such a rapid pace is bound to catch up to us. Think of it as a person who eats far too much. Sure, it feels good but you are taking too many plate fulls. It's only a matter of time before an intervention with Dr. Phil and a TLC special where they show you being carried from your house through a removed wall. Oil is addictive. Even at over $70 per barrel it is a fairly decent bargain compared to the alternatives.

Coal, however, is more readily available -- especially in the U.S.A. The problem with burning it is that it burns visibly dirty. When you burn great quantities of anything, there is soot and ash. That is the dirty stuff that stays aloft in the atmosphere. It is what makes our cities dirty (though to a lesser extent than automobile pollution from petroleum products).

In other planetary damage, millions, possibly billions, of acres of one-of-a-kind environments in the form of rainforests have been wiped out forever. This is a problem outside of our nation's borders but the fact remains that they were there for a purpose. Trees and vegetation actually emit fresh oxygen and use the crap we don't (carbon dioxide) as energy. There is a balance in nature and as humans we have thrown that balance off.

It isn't too late, though, to restore some semblance of balance. Clean up how you live. Think about the processes the products you buy went through to arrive at their destination.

Think twice abot what you buy and what you don't buy. Yes, one person can make a difference.

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