In response to Norman Paterson’s article on his doubts about global warming being a man-made phenomenon, I am willing to accept there may be some truth in his argument. Indeed, there may be other factors behind the global trend. But, all truths are not equal, and I feel there is a more compelling truth that needs to be recognized. Our willingness to tolerate overpopulation, destroying tropical forests, and extracting the carbon safely sequestered in the Earth’s mantle, burning it, and spewing it into the atmosphere is tantamount to suicide for the inhabitants of this planet.
Al Gore, in a long article in Rolling Stone this month puts it well:
The truth is this: What we are doing is functionally insane. If we do not change this pattern, we will condemn our children and all future generations to struggle with ecological curses for several millennia to come. Twenty percent of the global-warming pollution we spew into the sky each day will still be there 20,000 years from now!
We can argue until our dying day about whether burning producing CO2 is the “real” cause of global warming. But, the real issue demanding immediate attention and action is that our overuse of all the resources on this planet, including but not limited to burning petroleum.
Vermont and Platanillo