Global warming is a fact. Sure it is. According to the most eco-deranged estimates, the Earth has warmed under .5 degrees Celsius over the past two decades. That means, by the time you’re dead it will be unnoticeably warmer than when you were born. April 30th will feel vaguely like May 3. Poor baby.
The polar ice caps are melting at about an inch a year–yes, it’s true. That means that by the time you’re dead, we will have lost about 5 feet of ice in a place so inhospitable, that penguins can’t even live there year-round. Again, for the penguins, this means April 30th will feel like April 27 (south pole, different seasons).
This could cause worldwide sea level to increase at about 1/2 an inch per decade. This means that, by the time you’re dead, the high-tide stains on your favorite pier will be two fingers higher. Egad!
The more important and oft ignored question, however, is how long has this been going on? 10,000 years. Temperatures have been rising, ice caps have been melting and sea levels have been rising for 10,000 years. I’m not terribly well read when it comes to pre-Egyptian society, but I find it very hard to believe that Mesopotamians were cruising around in SUVs and using AquaNet.
To blame global warming, which, by definition naturally occurs between ice ages, on human activity is the height of hubris. Much like a mosquito with an erection, floating down the river shouting “raise the drawbridge!” As a more concrete example, one of the people I work with looked out the window today, saw snow and said “global warming, I guess,” and then proceeded to blame George Bush. How do you even begin to correct someone like that?
I’m sure that now that Katie Couric is at the anchor desk, all of this confusion will be cleared up. Hard facts and objective reporting–that’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m sure she, and the mainstream media will have this all sorted out by the time April 30th feels like May 15.