Thursday, March 4, 2010

The train has left the station

I have no problem with the science behind global warming.  You can scream like a little girl and believe some dope somewhere who has taken his finger out of his nose long enough to tap out a claim to have "disproved" the science behind it, but it will not get you anything.

It is happening, and its effects will persist for centuries.  It will pass, but not in your lifetime.  And you know what else?

It doesn't matter if you believe it or not.

You see, global warming is the kind of shit we hate here in the good old schizophrenic USA.  It is complex.  It has multiple causes. it behaves in a non-linear fashion, replete with feedback loops, attractors, oscillations, and all kinds of crap that make the average Joe clutch his temples and wish fervently he had paid more attention back there in middle school where they tried to introduce him to algebra.

But on top of that, it is our favorite kind of problem too.  The kind where we really don't have any control over the issue, but we feel we have to do something about it.  Makes for great political theatre and grave pronouncements, but the truth is that there is really nothing that can be done and all the pronouncements are just kabuki theatre, being performed to piss off one side of the argument or the other.

We'll adapt.

Our grain belt will move north.  Canada will get fairly nice.  It will absolutely suck living in the Maldives.  Maybe England will be able to make some decent wine.  Maybe the Sahel will continue getting green.

But, you won't adapt if you ignore it or deny it.  You gotta pay attention and make the adjustments.  If you don't, I'm even cool with that.

'Cuz you see, if you and your little group of inbred piglets aren't capable or seeing the facts and adapting to them, you/they will die off, along with that odd strain of DNA that makes up the natural experiment we refer to as "your lineage".  And if that happens, there will be more for me and mine.


treesong said...

I completely agree with your post and gotta say I like having less snow this season and, if I read you correctly, we'll have a better growing season. Bring it on.

Mayberry said...

Maybe it's happening, but I've seen no evidence. Can't believe a word that comes out of the media or politicians, so I'll stick with good ol' observation. I do not buy the man made Gorebal Warming, it's just too damn convenient a vehicle for control and taxation. Natural cycle, sure. But the fact is that it hasn't warmed in 10 years or more. And I'll say it again: I live on the coast, always have, and the sea level most certainly is NOT rising. It's the same as it ever was. Being a mariner, I tend to notice that sort of thing....

mistah charley, ph.d. said...

Four years ago my cousin in Wolfville, Nova Scotia was building a house. I advised him to put in air conditioning, but he decided against it.

I was wondering how far the town is above sea level (not much, since there's a harbor on the Bay of Fundy) and found that, according to Wikipedia, it's 92 meters below sea level. Can that be right?