Re: Carbon Nation
A major problem, particularly in the country, is that we deny the science at the beginning of impending problems, reduce everything to political partisan food-fights, jump on whichever bandwagon that suits our preconceived notions, and rally around the TV/radio/print media guru of our choice.
This entire green process should have begun 50-years ago. It wasn't, though, because the farther into the future we perceive problems to be, the less the incentive there is to act. We rave about the power of free markets to make our lives better, but we rarely take advantage of them in any meaningful way.
And when the proverbial doo-doo hits the oscillating device, we blame the corporations and government because the lobbyists own both of them and poor little ole John Q. Public is no match for the money people. It gets tiresome listening to it!
If the majority of this country were truly interested in going green, all they would have to do is speak with their dollars by making sure that every corporation in this nation providing products and services understands that if they don't show a realistic and verifiable green footprint, we're not BUYING. And, their stuff better be affordable, too.
Do this and I assure you that every corporate boardroom from coast to coast and the mighty halls of Congress would begin to reek of chlorophyll. Until we start doing this, we'll continue to get lip service from the private sector and useless bandwagons from the political sector.
I usually don’t even get into discussions relative to climate change because it’s an extremely complex issue. My scientific field is astrophysics—and even within this broad subject, my expertise deals primarily with cosmology.
However, what I do know about the nature of climate change is just enough for me to know the difference between legitimate scientific disagreement and sheer baffle-gabbing bullshit.
As a rule—and by a significant margin in the range of 1000 to 1—the human species hates suggested outcomes that are contrary to intuitive thinking. As usual, and this includes yours truly, we gladly accept as fact only those things we already believe to be such.
But like it or not, we live on a FINITE planet whereon, unfortunately, most people think in linear terms. Every system we've created has been based on linear logic. And far be it from humans to even consider that linear systems cannot run indefinitely on a finite planet.
So, since no other species is capable of intentionally circumventing Mother Nature’s procedural manual, something has to change, either the planet or the PEOPLE living on it.
It isn't a question of whether humans have contributed to climate change; we have. Every living being has contributed to it. Natural disasters—ALL of which are Mother Nature's own doing—have contributed hugely. When Mt. St. Helens erupted, it sent more carbon emissions into the atmosphere in the FIRST 15-minutes than all of our automobiles had since their invention.
ONLY humans have the reasoning capacity needed for an attempt at negatively countermanding the natural order of things. We're also the only species capable of rationalization, also making us the only species arrogant and stupid enough to think we can get away with it.
Add to this the notion that we humans love to launch ourselves into blood pressure-raising hissy fits over just about ANY topic that comes up—whether we possess any technical knowledge or NOT—and it’s a miracle that we haven’t already extinguished ourselves.
Mother Nature runs the show. But as powerful as she is, she's powerless when it comes to forcing the human species to change... ANYTHING... in any way. All she can do is change the planet; and she won't hesitate to do it.
And, WHEN—not IF—it happens, we're not going to like the changes. But she won’t care how we feel because she doesn’t give a crap about our insignificant little political Leftie/Righty temper tantrums over what we think is or is not happening or who's to blame for it.
From its point of formation—with the aid of liberal helpings of random luck—Earth managed to evolve quite well for BILLIONS of years (best scientific estimate: 4.5-BILLION) before the first human-like beings appeared some 2,000,000 years ago.
However, our anatomically-recognizable modern human ancestors didn’t appear until about 200,000 years ago.
The arithmetic is simple, assuming you know how to handle percentages. In our modern form, we've inhabited this planet for approximately 44-TEN-THOUSANDS of 1 percent of Earth's existence to date! In terms of cosmic reference, that's slightly shorter than the time it takes to blink.
And, the planet will continue on—with or without us, but mostly WITHOUT—for approximately 7-BILLION more years, 6 of which will be as a lifeless material body in space.
I sure hope this doesn’t cause any undo concerns, but in about 1-BILLION years the Sun will have begun some significant expanding—it’s part of a star’s dying sequence—causing its heat radiating power to increase in the neighborhood of 11%, at which point it will begin evaporating the planet’s water supply… BIG TIME.
Folks—Biblical revelations notwithstanding—Earth was formed and has evolved within the context of the cosmos, which is completely indifferent to our continued existence.
If this planet poofed out of existence in the next instant, the universe would not even notice our absence. No obituary. No wake. No memorial service. EARTH?
And all folks can do is rage into a tizzy, NOT over the facts of rising temperatures, melting polar ice caps, collapsing glaciers, and disappearing shore lines, but whether it’s actually happening and who’s to blame—although it’s probably Al Gore.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.