Obama Has Only 4 Years to Save the World

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  1. acilius

     /  February 1, 2009

    Scary! I hope we have more time than that.

  2. cymast

     /  February 1, 2009

    Yeah, freaky! I hope I have 1 million dollars.

  3. cymast

     /  February 1, 2009

    Or several billion, I’m not picky.

  4. acilius

     /  February 2, 2009

    Sometimes global warming skeptics will say that yes, average temperatures have been rising around the globe, but that the cause of this isn’t CO2 emissions- instead, it’s just that the sun is giving off more heat than it used to. That’s the sort of thing that could be true- the sun certainly does go through a cycle, getting a little hotter for a while, then a little cooler for a while. If it is true, I should think it would make action to reduce greenhouse emissions that much more urgent. If we face a warming trend anyway, then now would be the worst possible time to dump large amounts of greenhouse gases into the upper atmosphere.

  5. lefalcon

     /  February 24, 2009

    From a certain point of view, it’s absolutely bizarre that more isn’t being done about global warming. (Al Gore made that whole movie about it, AND he invented the Internet to boot.)

    But from another point of view, the inaction seems to make all too much sense. Human psychology mitigates against facing something so big and awful.

    Also, I bet that measures to address global warming could hurt some companies and sectors of big business, at least in the short term. And we certainly can’t have that.

  6. cymast

     /  February 24, 2009

    I’ve noticed people don’t want to believe something so looming and “inconvenient,” so they choose to believe the oil company “scientists” who poo-poo global warming. Or they simply don’t care about issues that aren’t entertaining or money-making. Or they don’t feel any responsibility, therefore don’t feel they should “do something.”

    I also think global warming inaction is a result of not wanting to give up a status lifestytle, or not wanting to miss out on the coming luxuries of being a “developed” country.

  7. acilius

     /  February 25, 2009

    It’s hard not to agree when people say that our relationship to petroleum is addicted behavior.

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