Thursday, June 01, 2006

Is It Getting Hot In Here?

Al Gore's global warming film, An Inconvenient Truth, is doing reasonably well, but naturally has its share of critics. And not the Roger Ebert kind, either.

According to hurricane expert Bill Gray of Colorado State University, Gore "believed in global warming almost as much as Hitler believed there was something wrong with the Jews."

Gray's another ass who didn't get the moratorium memo: No more Hitler or Nazi analogies in public comments for at least a century or two. They're mostly incorrect and always offensive, whatever side they come from.

But Gray's lack of tact is not the topic here, it's global warming, a dismissive attitude toward which he shares with President Bush and many, many others.

Some say there's no evidence mankind is to blame for global warming, or that the jury is still out, or that global warming doesn't even exist.

Many on the "skeptics" side seem to have a vested interest in global warming being a hoax, like people connected to the petroleum industry. That's a little suspicious.

There is some evidence to support that many of man's "habits" are eating away at the earth's protective barrier and changing climates worldwide. The results could ultimately be catastrophic for all living things.


Here's how I see it: If we're wrong about global warming, what do we have to lose by developing alternative fuels, good conservation habits and strong anti-pollution policies?

If we're right about global warming and we don't change our direction, what then? When it comes to breathing, I'd prefer to err on the side of caution.

17 comments:

Hellpig said...

If Al Gore is for it then it must be fake or non-existant,the same people whinning about globbal warming are the same ones who obstruct the US from building Nuke plants for energy..HIPOCRITES

The Flabbergasted Heathen said...

On global warming, I'm undecided. Yes, there is evidence that we're causing the earth's temperature to rise. There's also ample evidence that it's a naturally occuring temperature cycle. Without being able to look back in a few centuries from now, I don't see how they plan on proving either point.

But you're right Bogs, what DO we have to lose by adopting more environmentally conservative policies?

Jack K. said...

I heard something today that may be true or may be rumor or may be a figment of my imagination--due to global warming the water level in the New Orleans area was higher than usual during such storms. Consequently the levees were really bound to give way.

I am trying not to be a hypocrite about this. lol

I can only think it would be in the best interest of the US to develop alternative fuels. Now here is an outlandish, perhaps hypocritical idea. Why doesn't the oil industry expand its horizons and look into other fuel forms? Oh, I know, they are already doing that. If so, cool. If not......

Pete Bogs said...

hell - we're afraid of nuke-u-ler power because of another kind of global warming, the kind caused by those mushroom clouds Saddam was supposed to be planning for us... if nuclear energy can be created safely, and if it those plants can remain safe from threats, let's do it...

flab - no one has ever explained to me what harm would come from preparing for the worst... sounds like a smart thing to do...

jack - they need to get working on that, and fast... they're clinging to dinosaurs - literally - by staying with fossil fuels... those that do not adapt do not survive... it's as true for businesses as it is for living things...

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

8 years of clinton and earth guru gore. why didnt they set us on the right path? with gore at the side helm for all that time we should be sitting around in fur lined parkas warming our hands over oil drum fires and witnessing the return of wooly mammoths.

the problem is, has always been the sell out pimps from hell in congress and the senate. they forget all about us schmoes in electionland and get their little egos massaged and heads turned around by luncheons, lobbyist perks, money, money and face time on the deathbox.

the do not have the WILL to tighten up the reins. no body wants to tell americans to sacrifice, to make the rough transition, to take away bullshit programs they finance with our hard earned buckage and throw down the toilet. money that could go to R and D. but no!

my buddy at the bimmer shop is running on recycled oil and gas mixes. some guys are running on corn. some peoplere running households on solar, or partlyon solar, some are irrigating with pumps driven by the drop in water flow of rivers and creeks.

my point? if only the common sense and ingenuity of everyday americans could be applied in the greater arena we might see something.

big interests keep that from happening. also, Hell has a point on the nukes, theyre all over europe. personally id like to see innovation specific to environment...if youve got the sun go solar, got the wind, get a windmill. get off grid when and if you can. the government cannot and will not help you. its time for us to realize we are on our own. long rant. sorry.

/grrrrrrrrrrrrr

Pete Bogs said...

k9 - I strongly agree with most of what you said...

exactly right - the lobbyists' wallets are too big for politicos to resist... that's why we need to eliminate most of them... otherwise, one official's short-term gain will be our loss in the long run...

homegrown power? hmm... an interesting prospect, that, of us all running on whatever rubbish we can find... I've read about some places (Denmark, I think) that are using a combination of solar, wind, burning grass and other refuse and are becoming energy independent...

I've got it - used pissy American beers to fuel cars! it's certainly not fit for human consumption!
Old Milwaukee, here I come!!!

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

hahahahaha

crud lite. PBR. old milwalkee? that still exists? great idea except by the gallon? its more expensive than gas!!!!!!!!!!!!

hey remember in back to the future? in the last scene the flux capacitor that needed uranium to power the delorean (the coke mobile hahaha) in 1985 ended up using food scraps....thats what we should be working on. using waste.

ive been thinking about getting a patent on lab fur as a home insulation product. it keeps the dog cool and warm so.....


my own fur, sadly is not dense enough

/grrrrrrrr

Aunty Belle said...

Problem solved:
Teddy boy is lttin' em FINALLY put in the windmills.

Hellpig said...

AB at least they will serve as a marker to where the water is,so a kennedy doesn't drive his SUV into the water again

Aunty Belle said...

Or we could jes' send long pins into the senate session with a few interns who puncture the bloated bastion of the clan and release enough hot air to run hollywood fer a century..if they run out, point the pins at Mickey Moore.

Pete Bogs said...

I don't have a clue what "you people" are talking about anymore...

infinitesimal said...

So the only thing that gives me satisfaction is the fact that these doubting assholes are gonna be swept away in the same tidal wave, or burned to a crisp by the same sun, or frozen in the same iceberg... whatever happens, it happens to rich folk (and hellpigs) too.

So, as we are all dying, I will know that the Bushes are shitting their pantaloons.

And regarding Nuclear...
TESLA the man, invented an energy vane. He was able to tap into the centifugal energy of the earth's rotation. It powered the home for free!

Surprise!!
as soon as he perfected it for mass production, his lab was trashed and destroyed and he was beaten.
Shortly after, he drank himself to death.
Who did it? The electric company... who pays hefty consumer tax to the USA.

There are scientists, who are still working on the energy vane based on salvaged notes. It is about 2 years away.

I am related to one of the developers. That's how I know. It is top secret. Still a secret... so, keep that under your droog boggsy

infinitesimal said...

PS
Doubting Assholes refers to politicians, not blog friends.

No Offense!!

infinitesimal said...

also:

centrifugal force, sorry

GraysonBuzz said...

If we are wrong on global warming, then we have little to lose from the initiatives you list if it was that simple. The problem is that eco-radicals have hijacked the environmental movement as an anti-capitalist and anti-business platform. Some of the regulations these groups would likely put in place would be harmful to our economic system. Thus, it is not as simple as saying we don't really have anything to lose from conservation. It depends on who is advocating what and what they their true agenda is.

Pete Bogs said...

infini - there are all kinds of examples like that where an industry successfully squashed or trashed a new product/invention to protect its own ass... what was it I heard about cotton growers (I think)linking hemp to marijuana because it was a competing textile? I'm not remembering that correctly, but yes, there are many examples of industries burying things that hurt their own bottom lines, but helping OURS!

Pete Bogs said...

gray - I think those radical environmentalists have realized that the capitalist system does in fact encourage these bad habits: consume, burn, use, don't worry about the consequences...

I'm not a member of ELF by a longshot, but I think that's what they're getting at... cut down fuel use by requiring more fuel-efficient cars? no way, big biz won't like it, and they'll stop funding our election campaigns... we have to keep those gas-guzzlers rolling off the assembly line, and filling them up with $3.00 gas, so industry will be happy and the rest of us will be screwed...

oh, "agenda" is one of those words buzzwords along with "deviancy," etc.

gray, if those businesses are in fact causing a phenomenon that will one day lead us all to suffocate or drown, THEY DESERVE TO BE BROUGHT DOWN...

anyway, let's get conserving...