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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Global Warming:

According to the Rasmussen Report, 73% of the American public considers Global Warming to be a serious issue. About 46% believe that global warming is caused by humans alone and 35% believe it is part of a long-term planetary trend.

Solar panels are becoming cheaper over time.

This is good news. People are waking up to the issues regarding the environment. The only troubling trend is that the issue has become political.

Many conservative pundits try to dismiss the evidence or distort scientific facts regarding global warming. The problem is that they are looking at evidence from the past 5 years to support their arguments and not the last 100-1000 years. There is more than enough evidence that states that humans are accelerating global warming.

Even if global warming is not 100% man-made, the conservative stance is deeply troubling and irresponsible. Pollution and destruction of our planet is not something that should be encouraged. We only have one home and if we destroy it... we have nothing. All the money in the world won't be able to bring the planet back.

There are cleaner forms of energy readily available today: ocean wave energy, solar energy, wind energy, and nuclear energy. A little bit more research into these types of technologies would maximize the amount energy we can harness.

Ocean wave energy might be the most efficient untapped energy source.

So why are we not doing more? It all comes down to profits. God forbid, we take away from oil company profits or encourage car companies to make more fuel efficient vehicles. The conservative stance that people would lose jobs if we kick the oil habit is BS. The inverse most likely would be true. If we are forced to use alternative forms of energy, the technology sector would explode with new job opportunities. Our economy would soar like no tomorrow. All it would take is a few billion from the government to get things started. Too bad that Bush decided to spend 2 trillion in Iraq instead.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, thanks. Don't know if you've seen these three short videos from Iraq yet or not, but both show the US Military engaging in some very dubious actions. I have them up on my site at www.minor-ripper.blogspot.com

12/19/2006 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger Mike K said...

Thanks for the info. I checked out the one with the water bottle and the f*ck Iraq. That is sad, cruel, and disturbing material.

I don't blame the troops for their behavior. These are the actions of individuals who are under enormous pressure and stress. Being worried about getting killed every second of the day is bound to bring out the worst in your humanity. The troops know they are f*cked and they know the mission is f*cked. Although they would never admit, these guys are barely holding on to their sanity.

12/20/2006 10:51:00 AM  

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