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Global Warming: Make me an offer...

The theory of man made global climate change says that human co2 emissions, in fact, are a massive and immediate threat to the earth. This theory has been taken as token fact even though temperature models that formed the theory are now almost two decades into inaccurate projections of temperatures thought to have rapidly risen by now, but have actually been stable since the year 2000.

Pretend I'm a high ranking government official and answer this for me as though you were a policy analyst:

Is it logical for governments to enact policy that is detrimental to fossil fuel industries, global economies, and the families of those workers who are literally put out of work by the government based off of the increasingly unfounded and hotly scientifically contested theory of man-made global climate change?

Keep in mind these factors:
Renewable energy does not have a cheap and efficient answer currently.

As we've seen with the Stimulus Package- government subsidized "green" start-ups end in bankruptcy.

The country is in the midst of an economic crisis.

Fossil fuel is the most cost effective and profitable energy source.

Fear is a powerful tool for politicians and businessmen alike.

Have fun kiddos!

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  • Aug 20 2013: Nadav Tropp "Finally, there is one point of mine you completely failed to address. Were I a policy maker looking to switch over my country to renewable technology at huge economic cost (as the price of energy affects everyone and everything), what guarantee do I have the other leaders will do the same?
    I could be crippling my own nation without making a dent on a global trend, while the other nations don't do the same, screwing over everyone, but putting my nation at an even worse position.
    The prisoner's dilemma, I believe its called. Only there are more than two prisoners."

    I have addressed this. The last time this could have been done elegantly without a hitch was at the time of King Solomon. At that time you wouldn't have to worry about other leaders since his country would be the only one with this technology. He was on the cusp of discovering the industrial revolution but then got distracted. As a result it was another 2,000 years before we discovered the industrial revolution.

    If Solomon had discovered this 2,000 years earlier he was sitting on the largest natural reserves of oil in the world. Perhaps after 200 years, like us they would have discovered trains, planes and space ships. Although they would have had all of the environmental issues that any other industrialized nation has, it would have been confined to a very small region of the world and with a very small fraction of the population of today. By the time the rest of the world adopted this technology they could have leapfrogged fossil fuel.

    But that didn't happen. That failure on his part has led the world to where we are now. But no one can point fingers because every government is the same. They are in bed with so many different interests that the idea of switching power supplies is completely unworkable. Hence the world is going to speed over the cliff without so much as tapping on the brakes.

    All this proves is that Jesus is Lord.
    • Aug 20 2013: Its a shame that the one thing we can agree on is that if global warming is real, than we're all screwed.

      King Solomon was nowhere near developing industrial technology however.
      There is more to industrialization than burning fossil fuels. Its about banking systems which give out loans to entrepreneurs. Its about practical use of the scientific method, not to be developed for centuries to come. Its about machinery and automation, both alien concepts so long ago. Its about the methodology of mass production, at the time non-existent.
      The larger populations supported by the agricultural revolution that occurred a century before the industrial one was also a perquisite. The ability to drill for and refine large amounts of oil or mine for coal are also necessary, and at the time, unthinkable.
      And in the end of the day, it still all has to be cheaper than slaves and pack animals, the readily available power source of the day. We never got as far as this practical test however, because the other requirements were never filled.

      King Solomon didn't go industrial for the same reasons the Greeks didn't, despite the fact that they were familiar with the concept of steam power (they used it to make simply spinning toys).
      Industrializing isn't as simple as oil in->industry out, its the product of centuries of technological, economical and social development. While it certainly began taking effect very quickly once all the perquisites were in place in 19th century Europe, I don't think its fair to say it was just short of happening at any earlier point in history.

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