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How not to fight global warming - aka climate change - or whatever they call it now
You know how you have a beehive one year dangling somewhere on the back porch and there are 55 bees buzzing around it... So, what do you do? Well, after considering the risk, most people get some bee and wasp spray, stand about 2.5 feet back and douse the hive until half the spray is gone and the hive is 3 shades darker brown or until the buzzing's all but totally gone; whichever comes first. The good news is most, if not all, of the buzzing will stop and you'll still have half a can of spray left for next year's hive. If this year's hive is still dangling on the porch the next morning, and the 'coast is clear', most people - likely your dad or brother - grab a baseball bat and "Babe Ruth" the hive with any of its remaining occupants into the neighbor's yard where it now becomes their problem. Mission Accomplished! Thanks, Dad (or Bro)! Now we can grill. The next hive in the same place the next year has now increased to 57 bees buzzing around it. So, what do you do about that? Obviously, you call in the Navy.

Look, the fact-based truth is the Earth has been warming at its surface over the past half-century. This increase is related to humans engaged in activities known to have a detrimental affect on the environment - carbon emissions, use of aerosol sprays, deforestation, increased human population, just to name a few. All this human-based activity has caused the average temperature at the Earth's surface to increase a staggering 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Whoops! Sorry about that typo... What I meant to write was ... increase a whopping 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit. There, that's better now. Here's another fact-based truth: The Earth has gone through at least six MAJOR global glacial periods in its 4.5+ billion year history. This means a whole lotta ice covered a whole lotta the Earth, then did a whole lotta melting over at least six different loooooooooong periods of time - just check or research the rock record. The last time this icy-melty cycle came and went resulted in the carving out (glaciers growing) of The Great Lakes and then the filling of these same The Great Lakes with liquid water (glaciers melting). This was definite "climate change" (in BOTH directions) and a definite benefit to man. "Friends" aren't the only reason to visit Michigan - if you know what I mean...

So, what does the first paragraph have to do with the second paragraph? Let me try to explain: It isn't that we shouldn't be aware of and monitor global warming, it's the approach to it and, ultimately, the expense of trying to correct a "problem" that likely doesn't really exist. Using the bee/beehive analogy; a tiny - nearly negligible - increase in the number/percentage of bees from one year to the next doesn't warrant the amount of time, energy, and resources supposedly needed to try to solve the "problem". You mean to tell me that you can actually discern between a hive of 55 bees and a hive of 57 bees? No way! So, in this instance where the number of bees has ever so slightly increased, what do you do? Remember that half a can of bee and wasp spray, the baseball bat, and your dad or brother from last year?... and don't forget to call off the Navy. You can tell them that you "got this". In the same way (except on a much grander scale), if the average temperature at the Earth's surface circa 1960 was 55 degrees Fahrenheit (and it wasn't an issue back then), and the average temperature at the Earth's surface today is about 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit (and it is an issue today), my question is - Why is it an issue? You could say people weren't as well-informed and knowledgeable about the environment back then. You'd probably be right. But the amount of time, energy, expense, and anger to fight global warming/climate change today to what amounts to almost a reading error - Remember: digital thermometers weren't common before the 1980s - is ludicrous. We spend more time, energy, money, and resources today globally "summitting" about global warming/climate change that it just might account for 0.1 of the 0.3 degree Fahrenheit increase since 1960. Why spend all this time, energy, money, and resources on fighting climate change when we could spend it all on something important like... the Navy.
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