As Global Warming begins to take effect, glaciers melt and the permafrost thaws, is the American way of life an endangered species?
Yes our way of life is in danger. But not by global warming.
Until I see indisputable proof that the chicken little doomsayers are correct I am not really going to worry. They (Scientists) really have no strong ideas on why any of it acts like it does. Quite often the "We are killing the Earth" slogans come from those who have even less understanding of the sciences involved than those who are building the knowledge of it all. Their statements are then parroted by people even more ignorant than they. Honestly next time there is a protest near go and start asking people questions. The levels of their ignorance is astounding. Then it is frightening as you realize they think they are well informed and then horrified as you realize they could set policy for how we live. We have Global Warming ( but in the late seventies to early eighties they thought we were headed for another ice age) and now the newest theory is Global Darkening. That pollution is reducing the amount of light we receive.
There ARE things we need to change but I am not going to live as a dirtscratcher. Nor am I going to walk around feeling guilty about being an American just because we are talented at living well. at creating things which improve life. I am very far from being wealthy but ain't really going to complain about my life as it really not bad. Great family good friends and I am pursuing my dreams in life. I hold a job I don't like much but with some more hard work on my part I am very confident I can get much of what I want out of life. Just like ANYONE else can if they are willing to work hard and make a few sacrifices.
Could we be more environmentally friendly?
Yes we could. Yes we should. How to? Show business that it can make a profit by doing it better. Show people how you can create new industries and new jobs by doing it. Instead of demanding that it all be stopped, scrapped and people thrown from their jobs why not instead spend the energies to develop better ways. Offer incentives to do it. Tax breaks for new and inventive companies. Why not do it just to bring down those corporations that do indeed maintain less than honorable practices. Tear them down by being better than they. Beat them at their own game. Take their employees from them with better job offers. Enjoy watching as their CEOs are flung screaming to unemployment. Wouldn't THAT be FUN!
Better use of natural resources. Well DUH!
Are you actively supporting the companies who do?
Who owns at least a hybrid car.
ANYONE have solar panels on your roof.
Do you teach your children about this stuff. Try and get them interested in science so they could maybe want to create this kind of stuff. Not just teach them empty pathetic slogans and to hate those who disagree.
Some people will claim that by supporting candidates who are for these things they are doing enough. NOPE. sorry but where are the large groups who are very vocal about DEMANDING that, say automakers produce more efficient cars by threatening to take their money elsewhere. GM has a very good research effort going. Let them know you'll buy if they produce. Honda is very advanced in their research on this stuff. Not just for cars but home units capable of powering your home. Let them know you are very interested in buying.
Going to have to use your FINANCIAL power to bring about these changes. Organize and shout with a very LOUD voice. Not a bunch of disjointed uninformed fools blocking traffic in cities which hold conferences on Global business alliances.
Sit around chirping all day and offering no constructive and realistic solutions and nothing will ever change. Expect your demands to just be met and well get real comfortable waiting on that to happen.
As for the rest of the world. Look as Americans we have some definite flaws. However we are trying to fix them. The rest of the world needs to look at their ways of life carefully as well and see what needs to be fixed instead of trying to lump it all on our shoulders and blaming us or demanding we take care of them.
Common sense if you have high population numbers in a region that cannot support those numbers people are going to starve. The fact that we feed cows is not the reason there is starvation.
The Earth. She ain't that fragile folks. Be more proactive in your lives and we'll nix those things we think MAY be doing damage. I realize some of you are just very negative people with no belief that humanity has compassion or any desire for a better world. And that all business corporations and capitalism is just evil but until you come up with reasonable and realistic ideas. Shush!