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Pro Deo Et Patria- An Army Chaplain

I am a chaplain in the US Army, serving in Iraq. I'm keeping a blog to share my thoughts and experiences while deployed. They are my thoughts and they don't necessarily reflect the opinions of the US Army! :)

Monday, March 05, 2007

Another interesting link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=440049&in_page_id=1965

5 Comments:

Anonymous Milton said...

It doesn't matter whether humans are responsible for global warming or not. In fact, it doesn't even matter if the globe is warming.

What does matter is that we continue to pump out toxins of all kinds into our atmosphere in the name of industrial growth. We need to stop doing this and use sustainable ways of living.

That's something we can all agree on. Who wants to keep churning coal smoke and mercury into the air and water?

1:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

I've been reading about this more and more in the blogosphere. I wonder if the truth is going to get out.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Christian said...

Hi Milton,

Thanks for the comment!

I think it DOES matter whether the globe is warming via human means or not, because industrial growth is what has brought human beings from the high pre-industrial poverty rates, hunger, lack of basic goods like medicine, etc., to the benefits of modern life.

People like Al Gore are making proposals that would affect the very quality of life; yet he himself is not willing to live by it. I'm sure you've seen the articles about the thousands of dollars he spends each month heating/cooling his mansion in Nashville. It's hypocrisy. The people most affected by many of the more radical environment proposals will be the poor and lower class, as well as the developing nations.

To attack "industry," which produces food, energy, medicine and, well, everything we use in modern life as source of something we're not ever sure is happening is rather silly, wouldn't you agree?

Now, if you're talking about simply reducing toxins like mercury, etc... yeah, of course everyone wants to be as clean as possible. But the hype over supposed global warming goes so far beyond that.

Thanks again for your thoughts!

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Milton said...

Thank you for the rebuttal. I have a couple thoughts.

You note that former VP Gore is hypocritical for using so much energy when he is advocating others to not use so much energy. Fine. That's hypocritical. But let's remember a couple of things:

1. Gore buys carbon offsets and invests in alternative fuels while he works to make his home more eco-friendly. It's a start.

2. In your response, you did not rebut any of Gore's ideas from the film Inconvenient Truth, nor did you rebut any of the mainstream ideas as to why Global Warming is taking place.

I just want to make sure that if you want to defend your ideas and submit ideas that refute the mainstream theories, then you should do so. Attacking Al Gore and his practices borders on the ad hominem attack.

Did you know that in the whole of scholarly literature on Global Warming, there are barely any articles that refute the ideas that humans are causing Global Warming?

Did you know that if we do nothing and the Earth continues to warm that those poor people you mentioned, the ones that are going to be supposedly affected by Al Gore's energy changes, will be underwater in some of the poorest coastal areas of the world? The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu is already going to be under water because of rising sea levels.

I would like to hear what you have to say about other theories because I simply do not believe that solar flares are causing Global Warming. If solar flare activity were higher we would lose GPS and other satellite technology at the same time.

Also, if you want to chat via another means (email, instant messenger) I would be happy to have discussions with you. I enjoy reading your blog and feel that you much to say on many topics. I don't want to monopolize your comments.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Christian said...

Milton,

A couple quick thoughts:

-First, there are a plethora of scientists that disagree with Al Gore. The point is that we ought not go and completely change our economy and way of life based on something that isn't even agreed upon in the scientific community.

-As far as an ad hominem attack: the point is that so many of the people in the environmentalism movement practive a "do what I say, not what I do" lifestyle. Al Gore is an example. While he may buy carbon offset, the point is that I can't take seriously anyone preaching about sustainable living, while he is living in a 10,000 sq foot home! :) I think it's fair to look at the actions of those involved in the global warming scare. When one advocates lifestyle changes for others, which he is not prepared to do himself, it is not an ad hominem attack so much as a good example of how (un)seriously he really takes his own argument.

As far as communicating further on this: yes, it is probably best done via email. Feel free to send me your email address via a comment, and I can reject it so it doesn't post, if you would like.

Thanks, and God bless!

1:09 PM  

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