Can someone explain to me the point behind denying that global warming is occuring? If you are not part of an oil company, please explain what you have to gain by backing the notion that everything is okay with the planet and we should continue to pollute as much as possible.
I don't think anyone is claiming we should pollute as much as possible. There is certainly nothing wrong with making the effort to put more crap into the air.
But I'll let the quote below, which I've heisted from a poster of another blog, sum up the issue.
"[Global Warming is] A nebulous, shadowy threat which can be used to justify almost anything, but especially an open-ended, never ending demand for sacrifices in the here and now to prevent some future catastrophe.
And it justs gets better and better. What are the signs of this climatic apocalypse?
Well, maybe warming, but maybe cooling. Maybe deserts, but maybe glaciers. Maybe warmer temps around the world, but maybe a new ice age. Maybe furious storms, but maybe drought, and no rain storms at all.
It's even better than the war on drugs, or the war on poverty---it's the war on excess, the war on lifestyle, the war on mean, greedy capitalism and all its accompanying waste and frivolity.
After all, why should all these spoiled, self-indulgent westerners be allowed to go flying and driving all over the place, taking vacations, going to Disney World with a bunch of snot nosed kids, travelling all over the world for crass, commercial purposes, or worse, just for fun.
Those precious carbon emmissions should be reserved for truly important purposes, such as international seminars and UN conferences on GW, rallies to support further stringent action, award ceremonies for those who develop the most draconian measures for everyone to follow---and I mean follow, or else---and, of course, the eventual show trials of those who continue to deny, or offend, the consensus agreeing that everyone who really matters thinks this is the way to proceed.
When we all have to climb into the lifeboats, then this personal, individual liberty stuff will just have to go, and everyone will have to cooperate by doing what they're told, no matter what sacrifices are demanded.
After all, it's for the children, and grandchildren, ad infinitum---what could be more precious than that?
It's just you selfish, individualist types who can't see what needs to be done, and that those in the know must enforce the doing. I mean, it's all for the common good.
Isn't that enough justification for anything our betters might decide we need to do? Didn't you get the memo?"