This is sort of a sequel to my recent post "Lefty" or "Righty."
In the comments on that post, Red asks me what my stance on the global warming debate was. I told him that an issue of this magnitude deserved more than just a little comment and would do up a post devoted entirely to it. So here it is.
In regards to 'global warming' or 'climate change' or whatever it is it is called these days, I do think that the world's weather patterns are changing for the worse. There are more earthquakes, more hurricanes, more tornadoes, etc...than there ever have been in history (and to be honest, that fact might even be up for debate).
I do not think, however, that these changing weather patterns are completely man made. In fact, I think the percentage of blame that falls on humankind is relatively small.
I do, however, think that mankind in general is not taking care of their environment.
People really do need to recycle more. We are eventually going to run out of our natural resources and we as a people need to be aware of that fact.
More cities around the country should institute car pool lanes on the freeway as an effort to promote carpooling and to help reduce carbon emissions at least a little bit.
As for Al Gore. Well, I have seen the movie 'An Inconvenient Truth.' It is quite compelling. And I do agree that some of what he has to say is true. But not everything. I think a lot of it is scare tactics based on what he says is scientific research.
However, that scientific research is not necessarily reliable. Remember back in the 60s when 'scientific research' proved the magic bullet theory in the JFK assassination? I don't buy that either.
I think we do need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Actually, I will go even further than that. We need to reduce (not eliminate, just reduce) our dependence on oil in general.
We need to find cheaper, alternate, more environmentally friendly, sources of energy. However, we need to perform the necessary research to guarantee that these alternate sources of energy are reliable. It is all well and good to invent some car that runs exclusively on solar energy but if the thing only goes 30 mph that isn't efficient.
But we should research things like solar energy, wind energy and nuclear energy.
We should give generous incentives to automobile manufacturers that build cars like hybrid vehicles. Those have proven efficient and environmentally friendly.
Should we allow drilling in Alaska? Yes and no. Allow drilling but do not give the oil companies free rein. Don't just turn them loose to drill whenever and wherever they want. It needs to be controlled so that the wildlife and other natural resources in the area are not affected. And I think that control should be left up to the STATE of Alaska. NOT the federal government.
I'm not what one would call an outright tree hugger but I do respect my environment and think it should be protected.
But at the same time I think that many liberals take the issue of global warming too far. They are trying to appeal to the less intelligence of our species and con them into thinking it is all our fault that the environment is screwed.
Sure we screwed up our environment. But certainly not to the extent the climate change wackos seem to think we have.
The interesting thing is that even with all the damage that has been done. The planet is fine. There is nothing wrong with the planet. The planet isn't going anywhere.....WE ARE!!! LoL!
But really. Some things just happen. Some things are just part of the natural order of things. Perhaps it is just the way God made the planet. Maybe it was designed from the beginning to eventually start to break down.
I dunno. It's just a theory.
So on this particular political issue I think I would fall somewhere in the middle of the political spectrum but leaning slightly (very slightly) to the right.