Originally Posted by ETWolverine
By the way... What is the optimal temperature at which the Earth is supposed to operate at? Unless you know the answer to that question, how do you know that the planet is getting "too hot"? Maybe until now it has been too cold, and Nature is fixing that by raising temperatures. So what is the correct temperature of the planet supposed to be?
Fact is, the scientists never mention that point because they don't know the answer. They don't know what the optimal climate conditions are supposed to be, so they really can't say whether the world is getting too hot or too cold or just right. They can only say that temperatures are currently rising, and they ASSUME that this is a bad thing. But there is no proof that its a bad thing at all.
Without that information, how can you know what is best for the planet and for humanity?
I don't know the answer to that Elliot. But I'll take the fact that during this 1500 year cycle your talking about, human life has survived and flourished just fine. Meaning we, and the rest of the life on this planet, like the temperature just how it is. There may be no proof Elliot that rising temperatures are bad thing (many will argue with that - I'm not sure your citizens in Hawaii will agree with you there), but there is proof (and your it) that the current temperature is a good thing.
So if life as we know it survives good enough at its current temperature, I say lets look at keeping it there. Id much rather look at our options and act now, then take our chances and hope that when the world heats up everything will be fine and dandy.
There may be no proof that rising temperatures are a bad thing, but there isn't proof that it is a good thing either.
We have a few options the way I see it.
We don't act, we save our money and the world doesn't survive. Well then nothing much is lost is it, because we were always going to lose anyway.
We do act, spend some money and save the world. I'd see it as money well spent don't you?
We do act even though we never had to (unknown), there is downturn in the world economy because of this, but nevertheless we still survive and we live to fight another day. The economy recovers and we move forward.
We don't act and nothing happens (again unknown). Everything goes on as normal.
Im a betting man Elliot but when it comes to the planet Earth id like to have a little more up my sleeve than a 1 in 2 unknown pop that may just very well determine the fate of the planet we live on.
Id prefer to have a few bob each way on something proactive even if I I'm not entirely convinced on whether I really need to throw my money on it in order to win.
Thats just me.
Im betting you'd be happy to simply do nothing and just hope for the best. Your a banker Elliot, surely that's a risk you wouldn't take with your money is it?