We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We tend to feel, here on the Farm, that AGW is a hyped-up, trumped-up carnival designed by people with their own economic, political, pagan-religious, or etc. agendas. Real science-minded people are always skeptics about the science du jour, and know full well that all speculative theories fail in time. The tell, with the Warmists, is how ardently they desire to believe in the projective computer models, regardless of the facts.
We believe that good stewardship of the earth means humbly respecting nature and its power, and preserving natural land as best we can during our brief time here.
Here's what we think, specifically:
1. Warming would be net a good thing for humanity. It always has been, in the past. 2. It's certainly not happening in any catastrophic way - if it is in any way that makes much difference. Climates always change, and the one thing we know for certain is that another Ice Age is coming down the pike eventually. Now that will be a real challenge to humanity. We are due another, and the last Ice Age did no favors for the human species. 3. Even if warming were, somehow, a bad thing (I would need a lot of convincing), nothing meaningful can or will be done about it. 4. Any futile or symbolic effort to do "something" about it will only enrich certain scam-artists, rent-seekers, and grant-seekers, and be exploited by governments to increase their domination of regular people and their tax receipts. Even the big oil companies are hedged and poised to make huge bucks on government legislation internationally in case it ever happens - which I doubt.
- I doubt that the frequently-misguided Tom Friedman has seen the above chart. For stunning Friedman hypocrisy, see here. He won't change his life, but he wants all you little people to change yours. Typical. Just like Al Gore with his private jets and his half-billion he's made on carbon credits, etc.
- If you cannot predict, it isn't science. The non-droughts in the US Southwest. Name one Warmist prediction which has proven accurate over the past 10 years. (Indeed, the Coolists in the Global Cooling frenzy back in the 70's have been better predictors.)
If the radical environmentalists really wanted to "do something" about global warming, then they would be calling for funding projects that explore countermeasures and methods to adapt to it. What we see instead is the same kind of religious fanaticism and holy fervor that the left so despises in the fundamental right. What they really want is power over people.
Theirs is basically a totalitarian agenda in which they, the "elites", will dictate how people should live on this earth.
You missed two items on your list:
5. The control efforts will curtail the living standards of middle-class people and families.
6. The control efforts will keep the really poor people in desperate poverty, resulting in much loss of life and misery.
I don't know about the beach house, Douglas, but I remember from a year or two ago that he bought a humongous house boat -- which requires a lot of carbon credits to justify. Of course, that's hardly any expense for him because, in a grand display of circular reasoning, he buys the carbon credits from the company he founded. That hardly hurts at all.
Kevin Rudd the prime-minister of Australia who campaigned on global warming bought a $5 million beach house at Sunrise Beach, on the Sunshine Coast, one of 1/4-million buildings on that coast that will apparently be inundated if warming isn't stopped.
So either he is extremely confident in the success of carbon reduction schemes,...
A point of information:
there are more than a few of us non-christians - pagans - out here that see things in very similar ways to you. If you can, kindly refrain from assuming that all pagans are acolytes of the AGW school. I'm on the same wave as you - sensible stewardship, not worship. I don't worship your Deity, but I don't belong to the stereotype you've assigned to people like me. I've raised my kids on not only a spiritual Path, but a Patriot path as well - I love this Republic and the freedom it allows people - like me - to practice any faith that suits 'em. I dislike the path that the current administration is on quite as strongly as you! We all need to work together to bring things to a sensible path. That ain't gonna happen if you put people who aren't like you in pigeonholes of your own making.
Hey, you can have a feeling about nature that's so close to worship you might as well call it that, without buying into voodoo science. I'm a Christian not a Pagan, but I yield to no one in my tree-hugging excess. I still think public policy ought to be based in reality and responsible choices. So just as not all Pagans are leftist AGW wackos, not all rabid environmentalists are leftist AGW wackos.