Humans are strange beasts.
On one hand, we have coal companies ripping up entire mountain systems to get at coal, and on the other, we have industrial scientists proposing that we can deal with the increase in carbon dioxide emmisions by sequestering carbon underground.
I want to ask the "scientists" at Bryan College why we're digging up all that carbon that god had sequestered underground? Coal is essentially carbon with a few other goodies mixed in. like sulfur and mercury. Sulfur in coal is the primary culprit in acid rain and mercury in coal is the primary culprit in turning seafood from a healthy food into a poison. We have essentially been killing our babies by burning coal, but that's another story.
Right now this minute, there are tv ads being run to convice you that global warming is an ok thing. Five years ago, industry groups were paying for ads to convince you that it wasn't happening.
"Carbon dioxide...they call it pollution...we call it life!" the commercial says, as a child blows on a dandelion.
Climate change is accepted by nearly 100% of scientists, even those whose paycheck comes from industrial sources. Heck, Ford Motor Company executives are worried about it. In a typical Neo-conservative fashion, industrial propagandaists have gone from the lie that "climate change is not happening" to the lie that "It's not our fault" to the worst lie of all..."It's a good thing!"
In the legitimate science arena, there is not universal agreement. Reputable scientists are arguing left and right. Some reputable scientists think we will see a 2-5 foot rise in sea level over the next 100 years and some think it could be as much as 20 feet. Assuming the most conservative of scenarios, this planet has a big problem...Well, not the planet actually...
Life on this planet!
Here's a USA Today piece that Joe sent.
On to other stuff.
Our favorite Iraqi girl blogger is still telling it like she sees it as she lives through the plague of biblical proportion that America has bestowed upon her country. It seems that the actions of Geroge Bush will have the unintended effect of selivering Iraq into the hands of the Iranian theocracy after all.
Let me send out a warm thankyou to everyone who voted for George. I tried to tell you!
Ralph has some things to say about conservatism. He is far kinder than I....
All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.
Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner.
Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory.