Beamis said "I ... don't give two shits about global warming," and yet quite a bit of space on this blog has been devoted to contesting the phenomenon's very existence and/or denying human beings' contributions to it. If Al Gore were being hypocritical about some other topic, I doubt we'd be reading about it here.
Anyway, I was wondering if you'd seen a copy of the speech given a few months ago by one of your heroes, Walmart president Lee Scott. Here's an excerpt (italics mine):
"... We are looking at innovative ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. This used to be controversial, but the science is in and it is overwhelming.... We believe every company has a responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases as quickly as it can."
When even the big corporate CEOs are recognizing it (because it's impacting their bottom lines), do we get to say "I told you so" yet? Or shall we keep waiting?
Stumpy it's still too big for us to know anything about.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
I'd be way too optimistic and naive to believe that mere humans could obtain such cosmic certainty about a subject so elusive and ephemeral. The very limited set of intellectual capabilities possessed by homo sapiens just ain't powerful enough to really "know" this type of information. That such charlatans as Al Gore spout it as fact should make one ever more doubtful to its veracity. That it is also the current global cause du juor in Hollywood and the upper West Side makes me even more suspicious of its factual underpinnings.
We can't say with any certainty that recent volcanic activity isn't just as much of a factor, if not more, for current weather patterns, than we can say that the noxious fumes emanating from the Santa Monica Freeway represent the hellish path to a carbon induced planetary meltdown. Which is benign, which is a danger? Who decides? Doesn't Al Gore just use a helicopter to get to his Malibu fundraisers, rather than risk being late because of a tie up on this famously clogged artery, backed up way past Robertson and the 405 interchange?
Ants fart a lot, and they also happen to equal us in biomass (which I just read in a recent National Geographic at the dentist's office). Termites also emit gases, the ocean emits gases, cows, chickens, horses and turtles emit gases, life and shit happens and then it decays....into more gases. Existence is a gas man!
I think our planet is way okay and will stay that way Stump.
We as humans got bigger fish to fry than fretting about the state of the heavens. It is not our place to decide or exalt leaders who will save us from the "gases".
Want less. Always be lowering the bar on material consumption. Learn about your spirit. The earth will be fine. We all be fine. Hotter days to come? Your guess be good as mine.