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Dear Fellow Earth Inhabitants,

I am writing this open letter to everyone on Earth in behalf of my children and one day maybe my grandchildren.  Please hear me out with what I am about to say.

Some people believe in god and some do not.  Some people use certain “miracles” or stories of miracles as their proof that god does exist.  Others who don’t believe in god say look at Greek mythology… they used gods as a way of explaining what they could not because they lacked the science at the time to explain simple things such as why the sun rose and set every day.  Other people believe, because if there really is a god, they don’t want to get to the pearly gates of heaven and go “Oops, I guess I should have believed!”  So, in essence they cover their butts.  I like to think of those people as hedging their bets.

Here is my question for you fellow earth dwellers – do you believe in climate change or not?  Either way does it really matter?

I know there are confusing arguments to support both sides.  Once you allow politics to enter the equation it becomes even more confusing.  Just this past year some have said there is evidence that NASA has been faking statistics of the sea levels rising.  Others are saying watch out, places like Florida and New York City will be under water by 2100.  With all the conflicting information it is really hard to know what to believe.

Let me tell you what happens in my house every hurricane season.  My husband Jody and I have this argument whenever there is a hurricane heading toward Florida.  I always say let’s just put up the hurricane shutters to be safe and he always says lets just wait and see what happens.  I don’t like to wait until the last minute to have to rush and try and protect the house and Jody would rather wait, because what if it turns at the last minute and heads in another direction, then we’ve wasted all that time and energy for nothing.  I see where he is coming from, but I guess it is a question of being proactive or reactive.

So here is an idea… why not hedge our bets and cover our collective butts here on earth.  What I mean is, why not prepare for the worst and hope for the best.   What if we were proactive and recycled all of our junk, traded in all of our SUVs for hybrids, ate less meat and just overall tried our darnedest to be more responsible with the earth and the resources we have?  What’s the worst that can happen?  I won't be around in 2100 (I'd be 128 years old).  But what if in 2100 we find that we did all of these earth friendly things and it didn’t make a damn bit of difference – will it have hurt our kids or our grandkids?   It may have just taken a little extra time and energy but that's about it.   But what if we just wait and see?  If we don't do anything, we may very well be at those pearly gates in 2100, looking down on our children and our grandchildren saying “Oops!  I guess I should have believed!”

Thanks for listening.


Me and all of our future generations!

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  •  "believe" is a funny verb ... (6+ / 0-)

    Do people "believe" in gravity, or do they "accept" it?

    Global warming is real - put on a blanket, get warmer.

    And of course, our mission for a better America led by better Democrats is still in its early stages. -- Markos Moulitsas, 5/26/11

    by mightymouse on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 05:32:27 AM PDT

    •  "brain" is a funny noun.. (3+ / 0-)
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      mightymouse, Gooserock, Lujane

      too many people use other people's brains and not their own.

      I really believe that;-)

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      by roseeriter on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 05:40:25 AM PDT

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      •  this is true (1+ / 0-)
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        but what is a brain anyway? maybe it's just a cool way to follow instructions.

        And of course, our mission for a better America led by better Democrats is still in its early stages. -- Markos Moulitsas, 5/26/11

        by mightymouse on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 06:01:23 AM PDT

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      •  if we didn't rely on others' brains (0+ / 0-)

        we'd each have to re-invent the wheel on our own, and everything else. We'd never have advanced beyond the stone age. Do you know how your computer works? Could you build one, and all its components, from scratch?

        "We can have concentrated wealth in the hands of a few or we can have democracy, but we can't have both."-- Justice Louis Brandeis

        by ubertar on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 07:44:44 AM PDT

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    •  You ignore the right-wing staged retreat strategy. (10+ / 0-)

      Many right wingers can no longer deny climate change, so they have moved on to Stage II: Saying it isn't caused by us.  

      When they can't deny that any more, they move on to Stage III (where many already are): Admitting we do contribute but that warming won't have a net negative effect on the world. (just image how much that CO2 will spur rainforest growth!)

      When the net negative effects can't be ignored, they move on to Stage IV: Saying it's too late to do anything. And, oh by the way, if liberals knew about it all along why didn't THEY do something?

      Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

      by bigtimecynic on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 06:07:03 AM PDT

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      •  your analysis is good (1+ / 0-)
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        though I don't get the connection to my post ....

        Soft-pedaling won't help. Blunt honesty is best.

        And of course, our mission for a better America led by better Democrats is still in its early stages. -- Markos Moulitsas, 5/26/11

        by mightymouse on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 06:38:11 AM PDT

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        •  I'm simply trying to point out (3+ / 0-)
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          (with your "belief" comment) that getting wingers to believe in global warming is no guarantee of them giving a shit. Their argument is a dishonest one, and will continue to shift as they lose ground.  That's all I was saying....

          Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

          by bigtimecynic on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 07:53:06 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, the whole "It's great!" thing has started (1+ / 0-)
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        to get more volume every day. The State of Montana wants to declare it "beneficial", I think to promote their coal industry. And there are things like this.

        The video is called "The Great Global Warming Swindle"

        The film's basic proposition is as simple as it is shocking. Despite everything you've heard to the contrary, the theory that man made emissions of CO2 have any discernable effect on climate, has always lacked solid scientific evidence.
        The warming of the past 300 years represents a natural recovery from a 'little ice age'. It is mild, beneficial and cannot possibly have been caused by us humans. Yes, humans have an effect on climate, but it's an infinitesimally small pin-prick, compared with the vast natural forces which are constantly pushing global temperatures this way and that.
        This film turns the world upside down, and uses an extraordinary cast of the world's top scientists to do it.
        It's the morality tale of the decade - of politicians eager to pander to prejudice, throwing vast quantities of public cash into scientific research aimed at supporting an unsupportable theory. It's a tale of scientists fearful of speaking out, of upsetting the funding applecart and jeopardizing the many thousands of research jobs generated for them by the global warming scare.
        Global Warming is indeed the biggest threat facing the world today, but not in the way you think.
        This is the TV-aired documentary at channel 4 in the United Kingdom. Buy a re-edited version from Wag TV Production here and support the filmmakers

        Excuse me while I go vomit.

        As soon as you have people telling other people how to live/think/behave because "god gave them authority" you effectively get dictators in funny looking hats.

        by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 08:50:39 AM PDT

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      •  Excellent way of laying out their pattern (0+ / 0-)

        This may be a good way to lay out their pattern of argument for all their topics.  It would be fun to try.  It might be useful as well to clarify their little dance for less informed but well intended folk.

        Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

        by tikkun on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:14:32 AM PDT

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  •   I guess it depends on how long it actually takes (2+ / 0-)
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    to put up the hurricane shutters.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 05:51:18 AM PDT

  •  Kind of a false equivalence argument (4+ / 0-)

    There's a preponderance of evidence supporting global climate change. As far as supportive evidence for all powerful supreme space daddies-not so much.

    Just another day in Oceania.

    by drshatterhand on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 06:06:05 AM PDT

  •  Don't believe in gravity? Jump from a cliff. (6+ / 0-)

    Don't believe in God? Nothing bad happens. But if you don't believe in gravity, and you jump from a cliff, gravity doesn't care whether you believe in it or not. And global warming/climate change doesn't care either. 40% of Bangladesh will be underwater within 50 years whether Bangladeshis believe in climate change or not.

  •  Hmm. "Confusing"? Really? (3+ / 0-)
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    The arguments that I've read from the scientific community include data, intelligent analysis, empirical evidence and an encouragement toward measured but brisk and serious moves toward sustainability.

    That doesn't confuse me at all.

    The only thing I've found confusing has been the sand in the eyes from climate change deniers whose only audience seems to be people who are disinterested in reading the data, and prefer to view life like a soap opera where someone just tells them what they're supposed to think.

  •  No, I don't believe in (2+ / 0-)
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    global warming/climate change. I do, however, accept the evidence presented by scientific researchers that it is happening.

    There's a difference...

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 06:59:35 AM PDT

    •  True for Argumentation; Probably False for (2+ / 0-)
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      purposes of messaging. The educational bandwidth is almost zero in this society where the public square is private property and protected from civic responsibility, free to promote its agenda for profit, including direct lying.

      Slogans, frames and cartoons are about the limit for mass persuasion. The right isn't wrong for communicating this way, they're only wrong for lying with it.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 08:57:28 AM PDT

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  •  Not a Bad Approach to Everyday Mainstream People (2+ / 0-)
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    who aren't very science literate but also are open minded unlike the anti-science cults.

    Those are also the voters the Democrats need to motivate and win too.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 08:54:37 AM PDT

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