Paul Abrams makes the case that Al Gore is the true conservative with respect to Global Warming.
Let's first consider this: what is so bad about global warming? On a planetary basis, it may be arguable. The earth has heated and cooled over the millenia, and the planet has adjusted to those shifts. True, large deaths and dislocations of various species occurred, water levels have risen to engulf what had been land, natural "bridges" between continents have disappeared, and evolution (yikes!) has proceeded along paths that otherwise would not have occurred.
There is, however, a big difference now. The world economy has been built around, and thus has a vested interest in, current temperatures, rainfall, sea levels, gulf streams' effects. Radical changes in those parameters will cause massive dislocations of people, and major economic disasters. Just one source for this: the Bush Administration's own Pentagon that concluded in 2003 that global warming was a greater threat to the United States than terrorism, a report that was, of course, ignored and buried, but covered widely overseas. The recent UN report agreed.
Abrams nails it:
A classic New Yorker cartoon shows a roomful of dinosaurs with a dinosaur speaker at a podium, with the caption: "The climate is changing, the mammals are eating our eggs, and we have brains the size of walnuts".
To follow the radical rightwing's beliefs on global warming would argue for even greater regulations and tougher controls and standards than does Al Gore's scientifically-driven analysis that human activity is the major culprit.
Al Gore is the economic conservative on global warming. The radical righties are the dinosaurs.
Whatever the root causation of Global Warming, the effects are real, and the consequences are real. It's time to put down the partisan bullshit and discuss the solutions, instead of demonizing the messengers like Gore purely for the sake of politics.
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