I’m probably the last person on these Interwebz to link to this, but LabRat at Atomic Nerds has a fabulous post up on the subject of environmentalism, Global
Warming Climate Change, and all that good stuff.
Science starts with a question and tries to find the answer. Dogma starts with an answer, and then tries to find the right questions to match. I’ve always held the opinion that if you have a dogma, then you have a religion, and a lot of the far-out environmentalist attitudes look, feel, smell, and sound like religion, not science.
Is the planet getting warmer? Yes. Did human activity play a role in that warming? Possibly. Is there anything effective we can do about it that won’t wreck global economy, cause strife on a scale not seen in human history, and toss us all back to 13th century subsistence agriculture? Not likely. Should we keep fishing our oceans empty and planting so much grain for fuel and cow chow and cornflakes that the runoff turns our coastal zones into giant bowls of algae jelly? Probably not. Is it important to live a sustainable lifestyle as a society? Absolutely.
As someone who is neither in the “ZOMG Globul Warminz are a hoax!!11!” nor in the “Weesa Gonna DIE!/Let’s All Move Back Into Caves To Make Gaia Happy” camps, I’ve long tried to condense my thoughts on the issue into essay length, but LabRat is a certified scientist-type, and she says it much better than I could have managed.
Go and read; you’ll be glad you did.