I need to borrow you guys for a minute. I am a Liberal living in a red state, and if one more of my husband’s right-wing friends posts something on Facebook about how global warming must be bogus because it’s snowing in Georgia I will hit them with a brick.
Here’s why I need you guys. I avoid getting into arguments on Facebook because it makes me feel like I’m twelve. When I see these people in person, the subject doesn’t come up because we all follow the rule of “Don’t talk politics at a dinner party,” so I am left with the option of tracking them down at work and saying “Hey, I saw what you posted of FB the other day, do you happen to have any bricks here?” Even to me, that seems excessive. I am suffering from pent up logic and I need to blow off a little steam.
Global warming is a statistic, you can’t really argue with it. The average temperature of the planet has gone up about a degree since the mid-20th century. What people are actually arguing about are the projections about how the global warming trend will continue in the next fifty years. It’s a matter of semantics, but it bugs me.
The projections are based on observation, research and history. That’s how science works. You gather as much data as you can and form a hypothesis. We don’t have magic future predicting powers, but we can make some pretty good guesses. The common theory is that the temperatures will continue to rise, as much as 6.8 degrees. It might not happen. Climate isn’t a static thing, it constantly shifts a little and we could just shift back to where things were. But why take the chance? If they are right, a lot of really nasty stuff will happen. If they are wrong, we still end up with a cleaner planet. The primary messages of the ‘stop global warming’ campaign are that we need to recycle more and end the dependence on fossil fuels. I mean, what a bunch of nut-jobs. It’s not like fossil fuels are non-renewable or anything. If it looks like we are going to run out we can just Jurassic Park up some dinosaurs and pop them in a microwave till they turn into oil, right?
I actually did some research before I started writing this. I know it’s kind of hard to tell because I am cranky and I forgot all the details that might make me sound marginally intelligent, but I did. The most interesting thing I found out is that many members of the scientific community are pissed at Al Gore for turning this into a partisan issue. While many countries are looking for eco-friendly changes they can make, half of our country refuses to acknowledge that there could be a problem because it would mean agreeing with a Democrat.
I am open to scientific debate. If you want to say that global warming is a sham, go ahead. But if you do, give me actual facts and research. Hell, I’ll even accept opinions if you can back them up with some logical reasoning. If, however, your justification is “I’m cold,” you’d better hope I don’t have a brick.
Thank you for letting me rant. I’m feeling much better now.
If you are interested in actually learning about global warming, here are a few places to start: