Saturday, July 15, 2006

National Priority



I heard a statistic on the weather channel today. Since the beginning of the year, it has been on average 3 to 4 degrees warmer than any year on record (since records began in 1895). Last year was the warmest year on record, but we're on our way to smashing that record. Take January for example. It was 8.5 degrees warmer than the long term mean temperature. Then in May, for the contiguous United States, the temperature was 2.7 degrees warmer than any year on record. That is a significant increase.

It just keeps getting hotter. Makes me wonder what will happen in twenty years. Will our country be fighting wars over water and inhabitable land instead of oil? Probably.

12 comments:

BUTCH said...

True dat.

podunk said...

Ok, that's frightening.

Cornbread said...

Yeah, it freaked me out too.

cominatcha said...

My beer won't stay cold. I have to drink it so fast.Fuck Bush.

Crunk Monk said...

Cornflake-

The earth has been continuously warming for thousands of years, long before automobiles began spewing out CO2 and supposedly causing global warming. What do you think caused the last ice age to end? Hummers?

The internal combustion engine is not to blame. Anthropogenic (man-made) CO2 accounts only for roughly 3% of the CO2 in the atmosphere. Do you know where the rest comes from? Nature. Decomposition of biomass. Transpiration of vegetation. Human respiration. Water vapor in the atmosphere has much more to do with warming of the atmosphere than anything else.

The Kyoto Protocol was bullshit. Trust me on this.

The only noble act of an environmentalist is to kill himself. It is impossible to live on this planet and not impact it in some adverse way. Impossible.

Cornbread said...

No shit Sherlock, but advancing the procress, even if just by a relatively small amount, is masochistic.

Let me guess, you own an SUV.

Crunk Monk said...

Nope. 2004 Civic. But I will defend modern SUV's. With today's emission regulations (and those of the US are the most stringent in the world), even that gas-guzzling H2 spews out less CO2 and other pollutants than some hippie's '68 VW Microbus, regardless of fuel consumption rates.

The problem with global warming is that there aren't enough historical records of global temperatures to make all these doomsday proclomations that environmentalists are making. There is no hard scientific evidence that anthropogenic CO2 causes global warming. How do we know that the global temperatures today would not be exactly the same as they are without the invent of the internal combustion engine?

I agree with you, the future of the Earth is not something I like thinking about, but I do what I can on a personal level to lessen the impact of my existence on the planet.

Let me tell you one more thing. Al Gore was feeling ignored by the world, so now we have his movie. And I voted for him in 2000.

podunk said...

It's good to have this debate. Hot topics like this always produce the best wikipedia pages, and the one on global warming is no exception. For a peek into how the debate leads to such a high quality entry, hit the "discussion" tab at the top and read the underlying debate that brought the page where it is right now.

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm glad that it has raised the debate. My feeling is that we should not wait to act. The conservative thing to do would be to assume that we're in one hell of a mess.

podunk said...

sheesh, could I have squeezed the word 'debate' in there a couple of more times? Where's my thesaurus...

Cornbread said...

Yeah, this is a great debate topic.

The bottom line, many of us need an eye opener about energy consumption. This movie lays it out plain and simple.

We all need to wake up and do something now. So future generations won't pay the price for our mistakes.

Emissions from cars are just a drop in the bucket, but developing an alternative source of energy would solve many global problems.

Cornbread said...

Oh, btw...nice link Paul. Found a great figure regarding CO2 levels. Thanks.

cominatcha said...

there's a book at barnes n noble in the science section top shelf. I believe its the first book to the left. I can't remember the name but it talks about some of the misconceptions about science. One of the topics is CO2 emissions and global warming. Why alot of companies are making SUV's hybrids? to meet gov. regulations on emissions cause they are such big overall emission emitters and increase overall gas mileage stats for the gov.