It might surprise you to find that I actually agree with the idea of finding renewable energy sources. The problem is that so far, a lot of the attempts have fallen flat. There was an article not that long ago in a UK periodical regarding "windmill farms" and the fact that current technology is inadequate to prevent the blades from falling apart, making the expense of the farms skyrocket. You would have to search to find it again, but I believe I saw that in this thread over six months ago, maybe more. There is a corollary to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." And that is "if it breaks too often, don't fix it - scrap it and try something else."Galaxiom said:The greatest myth is that economies would be destroyed by changing to renewable energy sources. In fact the change represents the greatest economic opportunity ever.
I don't think that is unique to America and goes beyond donations. In Australia and I would assume America and the UK would be similar, very big business is a much bigger percantage of the economy that it was many many years ago.I think, the way I read it, Docs original (long) answer could have been 'yes, it comes down to money and the USA cares nothing of producing massive pollution '
I understand, in the USA, each main political party receives huge (like billions) of dollars for their costs of putting up candidates, in exchange for not changing anything in industry that might affect profit. Backhanders in brown envelopes go in and out of the White House on a regular basis.
Rightly or wrongly, that's the impression we get of the USA politics here in the UK.
highly doubtful, as the so called "carbon footprint" of the entire human population can be compared to a spec of dust in the entire solar system. I think the natural environment is a much bigger factor. Saying that the human race is causing global warming is just as ridiculous as people claiming that using shorter URLs when browsing the internet saves significant amounts of energy. How in the world can that be possible!? Who comes up with these ridiculous notions!?Are humans causing global warming?
Over the last 4.5 billion years of the Earth's existence, the geologists of the world have supposedly given us evidence of the planet going through numerous stages of warming and cooling. Heat cycles and ice ages. So I personally think that this whole fear about global warming is invalid, as if the planet is indeed warming, it is prolly just another cycle that it goes through.Is the cycles of the Sun a factor? What role does volcano activity above ground and underwater play?
"In their lawsuits, the cities argued that climate change was certain to cause billions of dollars in damages in the coming decades. When looking to sell municipal bonds, however, they were more coy, telling investors that the risks of climate change were impossible to predict."
Please note, what is being stated above does not relate to hard science. Reality, such as it is, is based on the perceptions of all the participants in the financial system. For example if a trade agreement with China appears on the horizon, the stock market goes up. Should there be a snag, the stock market plummets."This might be because cities rarely mentioned climate change in bond disclosure documents. Disclosure statements for the 20 at-risk cities added up to more than 4,300 pages, but referenced phrases like “climate change” and “sea-level rise,” fewer than 100 times. According to the researchers, 12 of the 20 disclosures did not use climate language at all.
That’s not how activist city governments have been framing the issue for the press, however. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has called climate change “a dagger aimed at the heart of New York City.” Meanwhile, the city of Baltimore filed a lawsuit against energy companies alleging that climate change was leading to “property damage, economic injuries and impacts to public health.”"
Ah, but you CAN argue with science - by presenting contrary research or by questioning the legitimacy of the findings. Look at the way that tobacco and big oil have deflected lawsuits for damages brought about by the chemicals they release into the environment.You can't argue with science
I've never understood why coffee is such a huge craze. I have never had a single cup of coffee in my entire life and I function perfectly fine in the morning.before my coffee has kicked in.