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Fuck global warming!

There.

I said it. Fuck global warming.

And while I'm at it...

Fuck Mallard Filmore. Fuck conservatives. Fuck the anti-science bastards who portray scientific debate as the end of the discussion and not as part of the ongoing process.

Fuck the automakers and the energy companies. Fuck the companies who subsidize gasoline for their guzzling monster SUVs and fuck the idiots who buy them and then complain about $3 gasoline bankrupting them. Fuck pillage-and-burn just for a few more dollars' profit.

Fuck end-of-timers. Fuck the people who waste and pollute because they're going to get raptured real soon now, and won't have to worry about the after-effects. Bush and Ahmadinejad are both getting out the good china and silverware and setting a place at the table for Jesus (well, Ahmadinejad is setting His place next to the Mahdi's). Neither has more of an RSVP than "We'll have our people call your people."

This whole global-warming thing, true or not, is just a smoke screen now. It doesn't matter. We may be experiencing human-influenced climate change, or we may just be experiencing a climate cycle. It doesn't matter.

Look out your fucking window. Take a breath of fresh air.

I can't.

I look out the window and the pollution is so thick I can't clearly see the hill 3 miles away. I get on a plane and can see the end of the smog layer as we climb up to cruising altitude; it's like the difference between an old sepia photo and color. It's like a layer of grime on a painting.

Saturday I could smell the ground-level ozone in the air. I am intimately familiar with the smell of ozone, and this was it. Ozone concentrations have to be pretty high for that to happen. I'm not sure how some people were breathing it.

Take a look at your pocketbook.

We're thrilled to see gasoline drop below $3/gallon. It cost me $15 to fill up my tank the last time. For a motorcycle. With a 4 gallon tank. And we're still paying a lot less than Europe.

So fuck global warming.

We could do things about basic air quality. We could do things to reduce fuel consumption. They would have real results.

But everybody is all fired up about global warming and discrediting global warming. It's a fucking smoke-screen, and it's doing a great job of hiding all that smoke and pollution.

<FOAMY style="sarcastic">"Why should we do that? Global warming is a myth, it won't have any effect..."</FOAMY>

Because it will reduce the pollution in the air. Because you'll be able to breathe more easily and your doctor bills may go down. Because you'll be able to see those nice mountains off in the distance (yes, they're really there). Because reducing fuel demand may result in lower fuel costs.

If global warming is a myth, it doesn't matter. If it's not a myth, reducing pollution and fuel use will have beneficial effects.

Comments

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didjiman
Jun. 28th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I have been saying the same all along - don't get into debates about whether Global Warming is caused by human or not. That only get "them" to pick on that with scientific evidences etc. The undeniable fact is that we can help reduce our contribution to the effect, and while it may be insignificant in the total, but it could very well be removing the feather that would otherwise break the camel's back.
boywhocantsayno
Jun. 28th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Because it will reduce the pollution in the air. Because you'll be able to breathe more easily and your doctor bills may go down.

[Republican]
You should get a job that has health insurance, and then you won't have to care about your doctor bills.
[/Repubican]

Sorry, I deal with nimrods who think that way every day... at TrekBBS, of all places. There's a guy there who actually thinks that someone with kidney disease, who can't work and is on dialysis, should be trying anyway rather than "leeching off the taxpayers". The above is one of his usual comebacks.

In other words, what you say makes sense... however, it's unlikely that the current government (or any near-future government of any political stripe) will be willing to do anything about it until it's too late. Assuming that it's not already too late, that is.
bovil
Jun. 28th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
Anybody who believes that having insurance means never having to pay out-of-pocket is a nimrod.
boywhocantsayno
Jul. 5th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know... I was simplifying somewhat. Point is, there are idiots who think that it's unreasonable to handcuff industry by imposing environmental standards, and that we should all just cope with the hardship made necessary by the increasing pollution that comes about as a result. The fact that allergies, asthma, and other breathing-related disorders were practically unheard of before the industrial revolution doesn't occur to them.

Someone actually posted the other day that California has "always had smog," and that it has nothing to do with cars, factories or other industrial pollutants. I wanted to reach through the screen and throttle him. Pity that's not possible.
bovil
Jul. 6th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
A surprising amount of California smog is agricultural smog.

Of course that's in the San Joaquin Valley, not Los Angeles or San Jose.
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