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Political Global Warming: A Waste of Time and Money

Aug 20, 2008
The political debates over climate change and pollution are getting nasty. I recently read a question in a blog asking if it is Al Gore stupid or Michael Moore stupid to believe in global warming. The arguments of the politicians have filtered down to the citizens. The attacks are getting up close and personal. With all the insults and name calling not much is getting accomplished.

The political arena has turned this very real issue into nothing more than a battle cry and the term "global warming" puts many people into a tailspin. What's really at stake is the health of our planet and our standard of living. It's time we stop worrying about the political bickering, stop wasting our efforts and hard earned money and begin dealing with the real facts.

Neigh Sayers argue that what's happening to our planet is just the natural cycle of climate change. What they don't mention is that these natural cycles normally take place over thousands of years. Sudden changes usually only happen after a huge natural disaster such as the eruption of Krakatoa. The increased changes we've seen since the industrial revolution began have been man-made. The changes have been much more dramatic in the last few decades with the increase of industry, number of cars on the road and the population explosion.

There are some people who have seen conditions in their area improve over the years where man-made fixes have cleaned up man-made messes. This is not the case where I've lived off and on for almost 60 years. Over the decades I've seen warmer winters and fewer snow falls. The warm and hot seasons come weeks earlier and droughts are much more common. I don't need a weather alert to tell me when the ground ozone is too high. My throbbing headache keeps me informed and won't stop nagging me until the ozone levels go back down. Our tap water used to be very good. Now it has a bad taste and there are days that when it is brown and smelly.

Global warming has become a purely political debate and has delayed the effort to clean up our planet. Putting the politics of global warming aside, and putting Al Gore and Michael Moore aside, going green is the practical thing to do and it's a less stressful and more pleasant way to live.

It doesn't matter if you believe in global warming or not. We all want to breathe clean air, to drink fresh water and enjoy good health. We must clean up after ourselves and stop our over consumption of products made by industries that dump toxins into our atmosphere and water supplies. We can increase our national security and create more jobs by not using so much oil and oil based products and switch to clean energy wherever possible. We can become healthier by not loading our bodies down with so many chemicals. We must stop dumping our messes into our neighbors' yards.

Political attacks are getting us nowhere and a more practical way is called for. No matter what your political ideology is, no matter if you believe Earth needs saving or not, most of us want and need to save money. The fact is, going green saves money! Small, inexpensive and free changes in our lives can make a big positive impact on our environment and our pocketbooks. Stop waiting on the politicians.
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Postings about Politics and Global Warming , Ecology, going green. my thoughts on the effects of Politics on Global Warming and the world we all must take care of.
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