Friday, March 18, 2005

Can You Say, Contradiction?

I picked up on this story today by Reuters and was dumbstruck by the contradictions within the text of the article. The story is about Global Warming and, in a nutshell, it says it will keep getting worse no matter what we do, but we still must take steps to prevent it. Confused? So am I.

First of all, I don't get too bent out of shape over Global Warming because I have never been convinced that it is really a problem. If it is, I'm not so sure we could do much to prevent it. I believe that the Earth has been in either a cooling period or a warming period at different intervals since creation, and it has been doing it regardless of whether we "helped it along" or not. And if you remember, the world was created with people in mind, so I believe God's master plan probably had all this Global Warming stuff covered.

Anyway, these are the first two paragraphs of the story:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even if people stopped pumping out carbon dioxide and other pollutants tomorrow, global warming would still get worse, two teams of researchers reported on Thursday.

Sea levels will rise more than they have already risen, worsening the damage caused by extreme high tides and storm surges, and droughts, heat waves and storms will become more severe, the climate experts predicted.

So I guess scientists believe the problem will continue to get worse regardless of what we do, right? Wrong?
Take a look at the very next sentence:

That makes immediate action to slow global warming even more vital, the teams at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado report in the journal Science.

Why the urgency to take immediate action? I thought we were doomed! According to the next sentence, we are doomed:

"Even if we stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations, the climate will continue to warm, and there will be proportionately even more sea level rise," said the NCAR's Gerald Meehl, who led one of the two studies.

But wait, maybe we can do something. Next sentence:

"The longer we wait, the more climate change we are committed to in the future."

My head hurts! The longer we wait to do what? I thought there was nothing we could do to stop it.

The bottom line is, we can't stop it because we just don't have that much control. We were never intended to.

That's My View... What's Yours?

Read the story: Yahoo News

Technorati talk bubble
Locations of visitors to this page