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Climate Change - Should we panic? Some say not. Time predicted an ice age in 1974 - link enclosed

A former member
Post #: 5
Howard Bloom is a scientist, pop culture PR guy and all around genius. The Wall Street Journal just published his editorial on the natural basis of Climate Change. Food for thought:

http://online.wsj.com...­

Also, you might check out Bjorn Lomborg's related editorials on priorities for helping the world:
http://online.wsj.com...­

And for perspective:
Time Magazine's 1974 article on the incoming Ice Age:
http://www.time.com/t...­

Whoops - guess that panic was wrong, maybe this one is too ...
A former member
Post #: 1
I'm not sure when panic is ever a good idea.

I think that bickering about the root cause of climate change and discussing how it should effect energy policies is either a convenient way to not look at the big problem or a dishonest way of manipulating the economy for targeted gains.

The WSJ article is dead on, the real problem is that we have NO way of combating natural climate change, and we have no way of telling for certain whether the current changing climate has a cause that we can attack. But even if the current climate trends had a linch pin we could pull out to stabilize it, it would only be to buy us time to develop a society that could handle the next round of climate change.

Our way of life is being threatened, it's natural we're looking for a personified antagonist that we can defeat, instead of looking directly at the potential for human extinction beyond our cause and beyond our means to prevent. That's just scary. But we have to face it as a society and say that it's important enough to expend effort towards adaptation and planning. We have to say that I will work hard, and some of my money will go to ensuring that a large portion of our knowledge and creativity will go towards preparing for the inevitable.

It's not a time for panic, but a time for earnest work against a common enemy, and this time, predator drones aren't the answer.
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