Originally Posted by ElMikeTheMike
My boss has a saying - "Don't make your problem, my problem." Don't complain to me about Europeans paying more for fuel. I know you guys pay more than double than what we do, but how is that my concern as an American?
And America recycles - We too have bins for paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass. We buy energy saving light bulbs and all the same stuff you guys do. But we like our big cars, touch luck. But I'll tell you why I have an issue with "Green". Because companies like GE, owners of NBC and the biggest pushers of this "green movement", lobby our government with millions upon millions of dollars, pushing self-beneficial legislation so that they can reap the rewards.
Global warming is a problem, but it's not as bad a problem as Al Gore-ians would have you believe. I don't subscribe to the whole tree-hugging philosophy and I never will. Even the creator of The Weather Channel believes Al Gore is full of it. lol
mike, I do not doubt for a second that certain organisations benefit from the whole "green" movement.
I personally do not believe in global warming, for this single reason: Are we as the human race, so arrogant to believe that our comparatively tiny CO2 output could cause the world to heat up - all because of us, a single species on this planet? Global warming is caused by solar fluctuations. The sun is far greater than us, and ultimately controls the climate on earth. As far as I am concerned, the dawn of the industrial age has merely coincided with a solar fluctuation which have been occuring for millions of years. Call me ignorant if you like. It's what I believe. CO2 taxation is just a way for the government to slyly charge more for fossil fuels.
However, what I do believe is that we are rapidly running out of resources. Certainly the UK is beggining to feel the impact of the North Sea oil reserves running low, and this has been amplified by the closure of an old oil refinery in Grangemouth. Over the past week petrol stations have run dry due to panic buying and prices have sky rocketed. Sure, not Americas problem, but are you really so ignorant to think your time will never come? Maybe not until 30 years from now, but it'll come.
The Energy Crisis is a far bigger issue than global warming in my opinion. Thats why we have to recycle, because it will save energy. Why we must improve vehicle fuel efficiency. Why energy saving appliances are important. Things like a DC power supply for electronics in peoples home to cut down on transformer inefficiencys and rectifier circuits.
The problem is cost. The pigs in power will not be rid of their precious pennies for such frivelous and pointless expenditure in the short term. But in the long term, we will undoubtedly have to act, and that is why I stand by what I have said.
We are all on this planet together, and it's a global problem, not just Europes problem, or just Australias problem or just Russias problem - EVERYONE has to take action. Without preparation for the impending energy crisis, we are preparing to fail.