Originally Posted by laika
May 2013 - NASA: "The global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – the primary driver of recent climate change – has reached 400 parts
per million (ppm) for the first time in recorded history
, according to data from the Mauna Loa
Observatory in Hawaii
Even if we assume human-driven climate change is just liberal scaremongering, the slight chance that it is real really ought to be enough to at least try to do something about it.
As the world continues to develop, it's absolutely imperative that we be better role models for a developing world that looks to us for the lifestyle they want to live. It just takes a little re-prioritization and perhaps the swallowing of a little pride.
"-the primary driver of climate change-" IF we knew this to be true, then we MIGHT be able to do something about it, but it's probably not even possible to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere below present levels in our lifetimes.
The argument that even the slight chance that it is true ought to be enough for us to at least try to do something about it is a tempting, albeit misleading one, because "trying to do something meaningful
about it" will mean that energy prices soar all over the world, not just here. In order to have a meaningful cutback in CO2 levels that might affect climate, it won't help a bit if we in the developed world all start walking to work and never drive another car or ever again fly to the Caribbean
, or remove our diesel
engines from our sailboats, as long as the hundreds of millions of people in the third world keep burning coal for all their energy needs as they struggle to achieve something even close to the standard of living we all enjoy and take for granted. Are YOU willing to tell these hundreds of millions of poverty stricken folks in the third world who are struggling just to survive, that their energy needs will now have to be met by MUCH more expensive "green" sources so they won't be able to afford feed their families or stay warm or afford medicine, in order that they do their part to cut back on CO2, just on the off chance that we might be able to keep the Atlantic Seaboard (where?) right where it is now? I'm all for not polluting unnecessarily "just because," but the idea that we are going to lower the CO2 in the atmosphere below existing levels just isn't going to happen, so we better just prepare for whatever the consequences of that are as best we can. But on the "bright" side, most of us won't even be alive when/if most of the noticeable changes occur.