Global Warming, Climate Change, Call it What You Will
Unless you’ve been stuck under a polar ice cap, you’ve heard the arguments popping up once again for and against the idea of global warming. Call it climate change if you must, but I’m old school when it comes to the nomenclature, so I’m going to stick with global warming (plus, it will allow me to piss off a few more people). Anyway, in case you were under said polar ice cap, a Russian ship full of climate researchers got stuck in some ice. In a true comedy of errors, the icebreakers sent to rescue it are also getting stuck in the ice. Once you’re done chuckling about that, also consider that a big snow storm full of frigid temperatures that was crushing the Midwest to the Northeast this week and you can probably see where this is going. It’s flipping cold out there! Even though today is shaping up to be a nice day in San Antonio, we’ve even been getting hit with some cold blasts lately.
With every major cold snap of the year, we start hearing the same things: global warming isn’t real. From friends on Facebook to political naysayers to whatever it is you consider Donald Trump (politician, celebrity, real estate mogul, guy in need of a hairdresser?) – everyone is talking global warming. Some people are tossing about jokes as they’re sharing stories about shoveling their driveway and some are sharing serious thoughts regarding one of the most misunderstood issues I’ve ever seen.
Look, I’m no scientist, even though it was one of my better subjects. I’m not here to present solid data and pie charts to convince you that global warming is real. In fact, I don’t even care if it’s real as defined by current claims. Here’s the issue as I see it.
Global Warming is Nothing More Than a Name
The biggest issue with global warming is the name. Yes, I know why it was named that, but this is one topic in serious need of some re-branding and better PR. Every time there is a flake of snow that falls from the sky, global warming critics point to it and say, “See, I told you it wasn’t getting warmer!” I won’t even get into the science of it all and how the warming of the planet can actually cause more severe weather in winter, but I can’t even believe this is an argument we’re having. This is misdirection at its best. Confuse the subject, confuse the public, and suddenly, no one believes the facts that lie before them. Sadly, by the time people caught on to how the subject was getting muddled in the news and started trying to use the words “climate change” it was too late, the damage was done. I don’t care what you call it, but you should at least give consideration to the fact that there is the potential for something to be wrong with the world.
But Scientists Fudged the Data on Global Warming
Again, I’m not going to get into details (hey, it’s my blog, not yours), but the reports of scientists who skewed the data in their favor is a big deal. If the scientists did it, they should clubbed over the head with a Bunsen burner. If they didn’t, well then there’s just one more lame attempt at misdirection. The point is this: while some scientists might be morons for doing something so against the tenets of scientific inquiry, there is a lot of other data that still supports global warming. Of course, as we all know, science can prove just about anything if it tries hard enough (how many times have you heard that beer, wine, chocolate, caffeine is good/bad for you?).
Global Warming is Natural and Not Caused by Humans
If you believe this, I’m sorry, but you’re a fucking idiot. Every time I hear a politician (who more than likely takes money from the oil and gas industry) saying that it’s natural and the earth is just going through it’s natural cycles, I want to throttle them. You can’t honestly tell me that you think all the crap we do to the planet is good for it. Nature wasn’t meant to deal with cars, pollution, fracking, drilling, pumping, dumping, and releasing of whatever toxic filth we decide. It’s just not. Does that mean I’m innocent and never pollute? Hell no, I’m a polluter just like the rest of you. I try to eliminate some of my wasteful usage and such, but I’m sitting here right now with two monitors blaring in my face and drinking from a styrofoam cup that I’ll throw away later (to be specific, I’ll recycle it – like I said, I try). I just refuse to believe that we were meant to dump crap into the oceans and fill the air with chemicals and byproduct fumes and not expect any negative consequences. It’s mind boggling that anyone can honestly say it’s not a big deal and a bad thing that’s going to catch up to us someday.
I’m not hear to tell you that you need to rush out and support Al Gore, but I am here to simply say there is no way in hell that we can do what we do to the planet and not expect something to happen. It really is that simple. Call it what you want, but global warming has real roots in science and common sense and someday, it’s going to catch up to us. Or you can just keep denying it like Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust…yep, I went there.
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