Global warming, as you know, is caused by the "greenhouse effect". CO2 and other gasses reflect heat radiation back to the earth rather than letting it escape into space. My dad often yelled at me for leaving my window wide open in mid winter. He'd say: "What you trying to do, boy, heat the universe? A certain amount of global warming is a good thing. Indeed without heat from the sun our planet would be a frozen wasteland, life would be impossible, BUT the kind of "Global Warming" that Al Gore is talking about goes beyond the cozy comfort level.
Al Gore, and the rest of us, live on a tiny little space ship with limited resources. "Global Warming" is just a generalized label for the kinds of problems caused by runaway capitalism and corrupt leadership. Rather than creating new jobs in the renewable energy industry government leaders and large businesses encourage a non sustainable lifestyle. Our sun and our earth have worked together for over 200,000,000 years to produce and store our limited supply of oil and we have consumed half of that non-renewable resource in the last 100 years. It's true that the oil business has turned some millionaires into billionaires but how about the rest of us? Has planetary wealth increased. Buckminster Fuller who coined the phrase "...doing more with less" compared our fossil fuel economy to the starter motor of a car. Oil has helped get civilization off to a flying start but now it's time to run our world on a more sustainable fuel, and I'm not talking about gasoline.
Oil is no longer necessary to keep the wheels of civilizations turning. Old habits die hard and so will all the people and industries that have become dependent on non-renewable energy concentrates. Oil like sugar can is habit forming.
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All energy for life comes from the sun either
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