MSimon wrote:Let me add that the CO2 hysteria is bunk.
It didn't cause the warming spell we have had and it will not protect us from the little ice age we currently appear to be headed for.
Hold on. You don't know that. Just as those claiming that global warming will destroy the world don't know either. The Earth is a huge dynamic system which will react to change in an indeterminable manner. The complexity of the system makes it very very difficult to acurately predict what will happen. It's that simple. We don't know what will happen if we keep dumping "greenhouse gases" into the air. Doomsdayists and dont-worry-about-it-ists are equally in the dark as to what will actually happen.
I personally believe that its probably not that big a deal. There are feedback mechanisms that will eventually kick in and equalize everything. But, it might be pretty nasty in the mean time. Who knows?
The KISS approach is to not take the chance that we might screw it up. We know that the Earth carried on for many hundreds of millions of years without us dumping huge amounts of CO2 into the air. So, we are pretty well assured that barring some unprecidented cosmic event, it will continue to do so for the forseeable future if we stay out of it. We should strive to minimize our footprint within the system.
We had to burn stuff to get to this technological level. Now, let's get back to letting the Earth run itself.
Treehuggers and Fusion nuts unite!