Stop lying to me. Stop lying to yourself. You don't need science to know that human-induced climate change can and is happening. You just need common sense. And every time you mock the idea of climate change or global warming, I will know you are lying again, to yourself, to me and to everyone who comes after us.
Sure, you could note a study by some scientist that differs from the opinions of the vast majority of other scientists in the world who believe all of the fumes we are emitting into the atmosphere will cause changes in our planet's temperature. You could mention some study by some think tank that flies in the face of the overwhelming majority of science out there, not because you have read it and believe it is solid scientific evidence, but because it supports the conclusions you have already made.
But I am not going to stand for this crap argument from anyone anymore. You don't need science to tell you having 7 billion people around the world, demanding food, demanding services, demanding energy, demanding manufactured products add up to one hell of a lot of emissions into the atmosphere.
You've seen it, the black smoke spewing from the 18 wheeler as it crawls up those hillsides. Multiply it by the billions of people in the world.
You know we are burning coal to power your iPhones. Multiply it and amplify it millions of times.
You've seen pictures of the Chinese cities gridlocked with traffic, hazy with pollution in the air. Heck, you've seen that here in Los Angeles or Atlanta or New York.
You know there are enough people on this planet, consuming so many things that result in emissions in the air.
Yeah, you're not a scientist, but you're not dumb. You know that stuff goes somewhere. It all adds up. It's common sense. Put that much stuff in the air and it's going to have an impact.
You don't need science to tell you what we are doing to the atmosphere is bad. You know it's true. Deep down, you do.
You make fun of Al Gore and you refuse to watch An Inconvenient Truth. But you know he's right, and you are afraid. Afraid if you did watch that movie, you would feel guilty about your carbon powered lifestyle.
Science can offer predictions on what the effects of these emissions might be on the environment, when it might happen, the severity of the impact, and there can be some legitimate disagreement on how those predictions are made and how accurate they might be.
But you don't need science to know its bad when people have to stay indoors due to the impact poor air quality might have on their lungs.
So knock it off with the "scientists disagree" canard. You don't believe it. You know... when you add up all those people, and you allocate some amount of emissions for every person in that 7 billion person family, that's a whole heck of a lot of crap flying into the air.
It's common sense. We are screwing with our air. We are screwing with our environment. We are screwing with the future of our species.
So while you sit in your comfortable sedan, driving to your suburban mini-mansion, firing up your iDevices powered by coal electricity, cranking up your oil or natural gas furnace, you know you are adding to it. But you create this delusional denial to justify yourself, your existence, and your contribution.
Will climate change cause catastrophe now or later? Who cares. You know it's happening.