In addition to not being real, global warming is a problem so huge that we might as well just give up and invest in oceanfront property in Kansas. Seriously, there is no way we could ever afford to do what needs to be done:
On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, a new report from Oil Change International, entitled A Climate of War(pdf) quantifies both the greenhouse gas emissions of the Iraq War and the opportunity costs involved in fighting war rather than climate change. Here are some facts on the war and warming:
- Projected total US spending on the Iraq war could cover all of the global investments in renewable power generation that are needed between now and 2030 in order to halt current warming trends.
Yeah, well, Al Gore farted methane, so there. Via. People, listen: reducing the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere? Obtaining all the energy we need directly from sunlight? These are the kinds of insurmountable engineering challenges overcome every day by plants. Plants. And not just those clever trees or those cunning shrubberies, mind you – single-celled algae-type bullshit figured out workable solutions to these questions several billion years ago. Call me speciesist (kingdomist?), but I’ve never found the flora to be particularly deep thinkers. I suspect we can probably do as well if not better, but we might have to cease our incessent whining and excuse-making for a while. Oh, and stop spending billions of dollars a week so that Friends of Dubya don’t have to admit that they fucked the dog.