You simply dont want to make changes to our economy because youre selfish. Youre a bunch of angry anti-government, conservatives who want to be able to drive your gas-guzzling cars. You want to leave your energy-gobbling incandescent lights on all night, keep your thermostats at 72 degrees in the summer and crank them up to 78 degrees in the winter.
You want to burn carbon and pollute the planet like your parents and your parents parents. You want to continue to use up a disproportionate share of the planets resources to hell with the environment. You want to continue to carry your groceries in plastic bags because its too much trouble to remember the reuseable ones. You want to use disposable everything because its too much work to recycle. And you certainly dont want Al Gore and a bunch of pointy-headed liberals to tell you what you can and cant do.
You look at the findings of the scientific community and scoff. After all, you wont be around to suffer the consequences if the scientists are right.
Who cares if the glaciers are melting at an alarming rate? Who cares if the planet’s CO2-consuming forests are dwindling? Who cares if hundreds of species are becoming extinct? (Youve seen plenty of videos of them on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel anyway. Right?) Who cares if our sources of fresh water are disappearing or becoming polluted?
Think Im exaggerating? In my community of mostly retirees, this is the attitude I hear all the time. The only environment that concerns these people is the condition of the golf course. Of course, its terrible that those poor people in Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, Iowa and Kansas are suffering more floods and severe weather. But the weather is cyclical. Its Gods will. (Until it affects them or their families.)
I find this degree of selfishness insufferable. Dont you climate change deniers ever ask yourself, What if the scientists are right? What will happen to my children and grandchildren and all of the millions of young people I dont even know?
What makes the position of the deniers so unfathomable is that, rather than disrupt our economy, climate change legislation could be good for it. Providing real incentives for the development of solar, wind, wave, biofuels, nuclear and other alternative energies could provide tens of thousands of new manufacturing jobs in the U.S. We could create even more jobs by developing new infrastructure to recharge electric cars and to develop high-speed rail. We would have cleaner air and water. And we could stop sending billions of dollars to places like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and even Iran. We might even avoid a few wars.
Seriously, folks, what do we have to lose?
Yes, I know you deniers dont like change. I know it would be painful to admit that the liberals are actually right. And I know that the heads of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill OReilly would likely explode. But that, alone, would leave the planet a better place.
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