Originally Posted by GermanStar
I have never heard any scientist deny global warming. The cause of global warming is another matter altogether.
My favorite quote of late: "Consensus among scientists does not equal truth" (with a reference to the time that the best scie*ntific minds considered the earth to be flat, the atom to be the smallest particle, etc.).
On the thread issue I'm kind of on a middle ground. Assuming that man is truly to blame for recent warming trends (and there are those scientists who consider that this just may be a normal cycle which will in time reverse to global cooling) then it would be easy to convince me that it's really too late to do anything to stop it. Recent "documentaries" on PBS and the like show fields that were ice and snow that now are just dirt and mud and they contend that since the ice and snow were previously reflecting the sun's rays, now the ground is absorbing them and increasing the heating cycle. Thus, even if we today stop -- on a global basis -- all consumption of fos*sil fuels and burning of trash, etc. (and that includes tobacco and herb smokers, too) -- none of which is even feasible -- then the cycle has already tipped too far and there's no way to stop it, only to slow the increase as we slide towards inevitable doom (kudos to the reference of rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic).
On the other hand, if man in fact is *not* to blame for this trend, then if we take significant measures to stop/reverse the warming, that will mean when the cyclic pendulum begins to swing back the other way it will go too far.
When man meddles, even a little, he meddles too much.
(My apologies for the mid-word asterisks, but I hate those green highlights...)