So you think that global warming is real? A key issue? You agree with Academy Award and Nobel Peace Prize winner and chief global warming luminary Al Gore that the climate “crisis” is a “true planetary emergency” and a “moral and spiritual challenge to all humanity?”
More importantly, I don’t believe you truly believe it either.
After all, if you were really concerned about global warming…
…you’d stop eating beef, milk and all associated dairy products immediately. Livestock are responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases worldwide—more than all planes, trains and automobiles on the entire planet combined. Cows belch and flatulate methane (up to a whopping 130 gallons per cow daily), a gas with 21 times the warming impact of carbon dioxide. So if you talk about the dangers of global warming but had a steak for dinner and milk with your cereal this morning, you're far from convincing.
…you’d push for more nuclear power plants. Only 14% of U.S. energy comes from nuclear power—the rest comes from sources that are major greenhouse gas producers: petroleum (40%), coal (23%) and natural gas (23%). France, on the other hand, generates 78% of its energy needs from nuclear power, and it has the cleanest air (and lowest electricity bills) of any industrialized economy in the world. More nuclear energy would immediately and massively lower greenhouse gas emissions (even a doubling to 28% would be the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing carbon emissions from all U.S. passenger cars). Have you petitioned Congress to allow the building of more nuclear power plants?
…you’d stop using air conditioning in your home and car. Mankind survived several hundred thousand years without A/C, and still does in the vast majority of the world. Maybe you can too. Or is feeling nice and cool today more important to you than the whole world supposedly feeling too hot tomorrow?
…you’d live in a smaller house, closer to work. Everyone else in the world does. Or are you somehow special and exempt? Al Gore, at least, seems to think so: his Tennessee mansion consumes 20 times more energy per year than the average U.S. household, which in turn consumes far more than those in other countries. And in that vein, how about the hypocrisy of the Hollywood set, who give Gore’s movie an Oscar while being chauffered in by limo to the Academy Awards from their energy-guzzling palatial mansions.
…you’d forego pets. Let’s face it: they’re cute, but they’re also furry little CO2 emitters on legs, and they eat a massive amount of food, which is energy-intensive to produce and primarily meat-based (see cow issue). Or is the love you get from Fido more important to you than entire islands disappearing from projected rising sea levels?
… you’d buy only locally produced foods. Nothing is more ironic than seeing a global warmist buying bananas in a Chicago supermarket. Where, exactly, did that banana come from? Central America? From a banana plantation onto a diesel train to the coast. Then a refrigerated container on a ship to the U.S. Then a refrigerated warehouse. Then a refrigerated truck to the supermarket. How much energy (and greenhouse gases) were expended so that you could enjoy that banana split? Let’s not even talk about ice cream (deep refrigeration of a dairy product), or the French cheese section at Whole Foods (refrigerated dairy products flown in from across the Atlantic). Is the satisfying of your taste buds more important than all the kids in Africa that will supposedly die from increases in global temperatures?
…you wouldn’t go on vacation away from where you live. Unless you plan on traveling by bicycle, that trip you’ve been planning is entirely dependent on oil, be it by car, train or—God forbid—the tons of kerosene consumed by jet aircraft. Or is all the coastal devastation global warming will allegedly entail merely the price to pay for your Cancun beach getaway?
…you’d dramatically cut back on commercial entertainment. What, exactly, is the carbon footprint of a blockbuster movie filmed in multiple locations around the world? How much energy does it take to light up all those sets, power all those computer effects, and air-condition all those movie theaters? How about all those TV shows? How many trees were felled and shipped to print all the books? How much electricity are you using annually to power all your electronic gadgets—from cell phones to internet to video games to ipods to flat-screen TVs. Remember, most people in the world do not have any of these, so if you do, you’re a primary global warming contributor.
…you’d stop having kids. After all, the crux of the global warming scare is that humans are causing it. Less humans, less warming. Why directly contribute to Gore’s “true planetary emergency” by increasing the population?
But you’re not doing any of these things.
So no, I don’t believe the global warming alarmism. People who truly believe something don’t just talk—they act.
Until I start seeing global warming believers actually doing things that match the severity of their rhetoric, consider me a rational skeptic. Especially when the so-called “solutions” to the global warming “problem” sound remarkably like the same political agenda that these same folks were previously pushing under different guises.
You want to convince me that global warming is real? Fine. Show me by your actions that you actually believe it first. Until then, save the hot air.