What do you suppose those purposes are? Who stands to profit the most by winning over the public's opinion in this argument? Could it be the oil indu$try who $pend$ million$ to publicly dispute the cause of global warming and happens to be this administrations well documented long time corporate welfare pet?
Originally Posted by Adopted Son
I happen to be old enough to remember the tobacco lobby "scientists" reporting on a near daily basis that there was no scientific basis to prove that smoking had any deleterious health effects. OOPS! Now, we all know how that eventually turned out. A bunch of people died because of it.
What puzzles me is the persistent and insane suicidal posturing against erring on the side of caution.
There are no serious debates about the existence of a current global warming trend. Only the cause of it and the possible resulting effects of it are disputed.
Yeah, the jury is still out. We may never know the cause of it. Maybe it's a natural cycle or the direct intervention of God Himself...or, maybe, industry and the cumulative irresponsible self-indulgence of individual's excesses actually do affect the environment in a less than positive way. In my opinion, that's a bunch of meaningless hair splitting.
Is it enough that we disagree with someone's ideologies to risk the whole shooting match just to be able to say "I told you so"? What if that doesn't pan out? "OOPS" isn't gonna cut it.
Where, exactly, is the harm in changing our behavior to err on the side of caution? What is the benefit of betting the farm that Al Gore is wrong on this particular topic? I don't see the odds as overwhelmingly stacked in favor of doing that until enough data is in to put the matter clearly beyond dispute and behind us.
Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehoods school. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool ---- Plato
When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.---Dresden James