Global warming, aka climate change, aka (when I was a kid) greenhouse effect and holes in the ozone.
There are now even more stories about the polar ice caps melting and species dying out because of the effect of pollution, thanks to Mr. Gore the attention whore (sorry, but it rhymed).
Today in the news, a bill died in the Senate, proposed to impose requirements that companies reduce their carbon emissions. It’s the same sob story, that it’s too expensive, our economy would implode, and millions would be starving in the street if this bill goes forward. In reality it might take a chunk out of the CEO’s billion dollar bonus package, and might also raise prices some, but the reality is we have the technology to save the planet, or at least destroy it slowlier, and we’re simply not using it.
I sound like a tree hugger, don’t I? I temper my view, however, with a general distaste for alarmists and flag wavers who are quick to yell at the top of their lungs “global warming” when there’s fewer trout in the streams or a polar bear slips and falls on her nose. There are also those who take data and, in the view of some, seemingly skew it in favor of a certain answer, as NASA appears to be doing in this article I found today.
So… how can we consider ourselves responsible residents of the planet without giving up our lifestyle, cheap products, and lazy garbage disposal, and without ignoring the many many people who just don’t care? Not possible. How can we expect business to be more efficient, less wasteful, and less polluting without imposing laws which restrict these things? Not possible. How can we raise awareness without producing stories, statistics, and examples of how the environment is being destroyed? Not possible. How can we be environmentally responsible yet question the catastrophic prognostications and sometimes flimsy supporting facts and figures? Possible.
I take comfort in the fact that no matter what we do to our environment, there are some species that will never die out. The cockroach for example.
P.S. I consider it my duty as an environmentally conscious citizen to save up for one of these.