Like John, I could care less about the Weblog Awards. For me, it was just fun to beat RedState. Having said that, the results of the Science Blog category are truly comical. Climate Audit basically tied for first. It’s pretty much a global warming denialist blog (at least insomuch as humans are responsible for it.) Here’s what I think about the cause of Global Warming:
Who gives a shit?
There is no question that the Earth is heating up. People who make fun of global warming by noting how cold it is today, or yesterday, or last month, or whenever, are only making fools of themselves and their ability to understand how global warming can even cause frigid temperatures to occur. Having said that, what is causing global warming is debatable (and by that, I mean, sure, we can debate it!) I have no reason to doubt that the sun might be hotter. Heck, maybe geothermal heat is causing part of it. And yes, it could that carbon emissions by human beings is playing a leading role. (I happen to believe that.) Or it could simply be a combination of any number of these or other causes. But I don’t care.
Setting that aside for a moment, we do know that when carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, it does have the effect of causing warming. That is a known. Let’s assume for the moment that the detractors are right and that we play a very small role in the problem. Does that mean we shouldn’t be doing everything we can to at least reduce the damage we can control? And even if our SUV and car exhaust, factory smoke, and methane-producing factory farms have a low to zero effect on the Earth’s temperature, I can tell you for sure it has an effect on that cloud that hangs above Atlanta in the summer. Isn’t it a good thing in and of itself to want to reduce that? Or are you also going to argue that these factors don’t cause the acid rain that kills fish and pollutes water? And if reducing the effects of the aforementioned only added a few more years to the existence of humanity (assuming global warming continues and it is as detrimental to humanity as some say), shouldn’t we do something to make that happen?
We’ll spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on medicine and surgery to keep people on life support for a few extra weeks who would otherwise be dead, but we won’t use mass transit, plant trees, walk to the store instead of driving, choose meat that is raised organically, and all the thousands of things we can do to reduce pollution and possibly keep us around for a few thousand more years…all because it’s too inconvenient (or you happen to hate Al Gore.)
As I said, I’m pretty certain humans play the major role in global warming. But even if you don’t believe that, you can’t possibly believe that changing your behavior wouldn’t reduce pollution. So, ok, you might be right about humanity’s role. But how about changing your behaviors anyway? If you’re right and humans don’t do anything to cause climate change, then you’ll at least be contributing to cleaner air and a more enjoyable environment. And if you’re wrong and humans are the major contributing factor to global warming, then you did something to help.
The bottom line is this: There are a lot of other reasons to “go green” than global warming. I think they’re rather self-evident. Again, I see it every day, especially in the summer, when I look out over the city of Atlanta and see the ugly haze. So I couldn’t care less what the science says. If water is cleaner, air is clearer, asthma cases are reduced, food doesn’t contain all those chemicals, and we can move to an oil-free culture, then going green is good for its own sake.