It is pretty damn near impossible to take a particular stance on this issue, without people lumping all kinds of other baggage on top of you, assuming other things as well. If you agree with AGW (anthropogenic global warming, man-made) you get branded a socialist. If you disagree with AGW you are a brainless ditto head.
But lets prove each other wrong... so here is my take:
- Humans contribute significantly to GW.
- I do not endorse extreme environmentalists
- I do not endorse the Bush administrations transparent corporatist anti-environmentalist policies.
- We need to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, discover clean energy for a number of reasons, AGW among them.
- Government intervention into climate change will probably help, but it must be within our guiding principles.. not socialism in disguise.
- AGW is a well supported scientific theory, even if some go beyond the science and use it to further an unrelated agenda.
- Accepting AGW as likely does not commit you to any of those agendas.
- AGW deniers are fueled by a hefty amount of disinformation. Look no further than this thread for some firsthand evidence. Obviously false canards that get trotted out, refuted then trotted out again.
- If AGW is true, the US needs to do something NOW to develop clean and cheaper energy, or as the rest of the world starts to industrialize, it will start to dwarf the US contributions to AGW.
- Global warming denial is part of a larger, extremely disturbing trend: the right wing war on science and any form of intellectualism. Partly fueled by conflicts with religion.
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