Originally Posted by old300D
Where to begin? Maybe ice melts from the outside and the top? Give your criticism mechanism a rest before you blow a fuse. Admit you aren't aware of the physical mechanisms that people with scientific backgrounds understand, and accept just a little bit. Or go to school and learn for yourself.
I apologize if it hasn't come across plainly enough, but I'm playing Devil's Advocate for the dissenting layman. You can call them names and berate them, but there are lots of questions raised by the "science" that - if valid - should be explainable in terms the average individual can understand.
This is important because average individuals (e.g. non-Scientists) are LEGISLATING some rather hefty measures which WILL have an impact on people in a very real way. Many of the vehicles in the cross-hairs are used every day by unskilled laborers to earn their livings. Yard care, landscaping, construction, etc. - not a lot of Priuses to be found at the jobsite. This is more legislation designed to make liberals feel good about themselves, at the expense of the poor. Maybe they can give themselves a multiple orgasm and hike the minimum wage again
, to cover the rise in automobile prices sure to accompany the onslaught of state-specific emissions and fuel economy standards.
The lack of concise explanations for the 'science' behind the diagnosis of anthropogenic global warming, and the lack of explanations for contradictory evidence that keeps coming to light, will be the boy holding the sweater thread. The further the pack wanders on, the more the fabric unravels.
If there are answers to these types of questions, they aren't very obvious - certainly not mainstream. I don't blame scientists for this - I blame the media (largely), and certain individuals with scientific backgrounds, who sieze on any opportunity to sensationalize a topic. The motive isn't nefarious, it's just stupid - get attention. Sell commercials, whatever. For scientists, it's probably a little more pragmatic - there's lots of money being waved by people who want to prove global warming exists. Pandering to them is akin to the photographer who scales a downspout to get shots of a celebrity, which they'll have no trouble selling to any of the hundreds of magazines eager to take them and run with them.
Global Warming is largely a tabloid science, and that's what I take issue with. I've said all along that mankind should endeavor to lead lives that are less disruptive to the environment around us, because it's the prudent thing to do. I resent being forced at gunpoint to lead a cleaner life. Talk about a nanny state, intrusive legislation around the fear of what may
happen without a firm foundation in fact is like living in the SuperGestapoNanny state.