Spend a little time at http://www.climateaudit.org and you'll quickly
realize that there is much of the stuff listed under "Climate Debate
Daily" "Calls to action" is severely flawed. Also much of it isn't
climate related, but based on zero growth theories.
This is more or less my short term position on the issue. I have quite a bit
of confidence in homo sapiens sapiens' ability to adapt, but I still grieve
for the irretrievable losses. My gut tells me we are at least partially
THe problem is that Global Warming and Pollution have become
interchangeable. They aren't - related, yes; interchangeable, no.
There is no doubt whatsoever that pollution causes damage, not only to
other species, but to humans as well. Dealing with pollution, trying to
reduce it, is important to human health, as well as to trying to preserve
some semblance of environmental balance, and natural beauty.
If we decreased pollution, one can argue that it would also help slow or
decrease global warming, at least, whatever part of it that is
What pisses me off is idiots who whine and kvetch that "global warming is
a myth!" and then use that as an excuse to crap up as much of the
environment as they possibly can. Regardless of whether one "beleives
in" global warming, the fact is that pollution is *known* to be
detrimental to the health and well-being of biological entities
(including humans). And there are prob. peoblems from it that haven't
yet been discovered.
The whole global warming thing aside, what the heck is wrong with
reducing pollution, when inmproving the environemnt would improve our
(and our descendents') own health and well-being? That's what I don't
comprehend - why people blither and yowl as though pollution is great.
I concur. I live in a place where the predominant airflow comes off the
Coral Sea and hence the South Pacific. Should be the freshest air
anywhere. No one out there dumping shit in the atmosphere eh? On the
other hand, The place is in danger of becoming a polluters paradise. They
come to town, get out the idiot meter, and it goes off the dial. There is
a strong possibility that nickel and other ores are regularly being
spilled on arrival at the port, along with airborn pollution from
transport and processing. There is a problem of black "dust" which is a
complex cocktail of lead, zinc, silicas and moulds. The mould is probably
tricodesmium, naturally occurring as 'red tides' but maybe being modified
by the brew ?. With the coastal drift, everyone gets a bit, and the main
city water containment is downwind of one of the processing plants -
which is known to release cadmium ...
The current Canadian government tried to use the substitution of pollution
reduction (smog) for carbon emissions in a relation to Kyoto targets. That
drove me nuts. Smog is one thing, runaway greenhouse effect is another. Now
that it is so oligopolistic, mainstream media is failing us as the fourth
I appreciate now more than ever our relatively robust public broadcaster,
www.cbc.ca. They might be shallow botoxed fools, but they're *our* shallow
botoxed fools, and at least Murdoch doesn't sign their checks.
I don;t even think it's that - I think it's the general reduction of
quality (and intelligence) in journalism. THere are a lot fo news
stories that sound to me like some crappy little report that any 78th-
grader could write after spending maybe a half-hour on the internet. The
level of both writing and research has been steadily decreasing. IWO,
what I suspect is that very *very* few people in the mainstream media
have any idea whatsoever of what the difference is between smog, and
greenhouse gasses. They just repeat what someone else said or wrote, and
if that someone was a dooflolly, well.....
Oh, not innocent - rude is prob. a better word ;) . It's just that, as
I've gotten older, I increasingly realize that most peole just are not
smart enough to perpetrate some ofthe plots/conspircies attributed to
them by others.
Especially when you start mangling the stuff you read and reiterate it
as an offsetting fact.
The study you read calculated the total environmental vehicle impact -
including manufacturing, operating expenses, emissions, waste handling
of the dead vehicle, etc. - not just the mileage. The big surprise,
for some, is that the 'green' vehicles aren't necessarily all that
green when you look at the larger picture. The best vehicles overall
were small, cheap-to-produce, easy-to-recycle vehicles. The Scion
brand did particularly well. The Hummer did not.
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