A local newspaper poll asked: “With temperatures nearing triple digits, do you think there might be some truth in Global Warming?” 76% of the people who participated in the poll answered, “No.” This is the mentality of my fellow small town Americans.
Just ran into one such chap in the pizza shop. We were both waiting to pick up an order and decided to chit-chat about the weather. I started out saying how nice it was outside so far today. The very large red-faced man thought it was too hot. I decided to see which way he might have voted in the Global Warming poll and posed the question.
He said he wasn’t quite sure about Global Warming. “Plants use carbon and there are plenty of them around, so why blame carbon emissions for global warming?” he asked. “Heck,” he said, “this weather phase isn’t any different than the dust bowl days and besides, whatever happens, we’ll develop the technology to deal with it.” There wasn’t much more to say. Our orders came out, he shuffled towards his truck, I hopped on my bike and rode away.
Global Warming – fact or fiction? According to this morning’s AP Story regarding findings by the National Academy of Sciences the Earth is the hottest it’s been in 2,000 years.
The Earth is running a slight fever from greenhouse gases, after enjoying relatively stable temperatures for 2,000 years. The National Academy of Sciences, after reconstructing global average surface temperatures for the past two millennia, said Thursday the data are “additional supporting evidence … that human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming.”
And while at least 24% of us would like to blame, GW (Global Warming) Bush for the rising heat, we have only ourselves to blame. As James Howard Kunstler said in an address to the Local Energy Solutions conference in New York City last April, “We’ve turned into this nation of overfed clowns, riding around in clown cars, eating clown food, watching clown shows. We’re “a nation of cringing, craven fuckups.”