Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth is a must see. It felt strange to pay to see a slideshow presented by arguably one of the most boring speakers ever, but it was excellent, and well worth the $6. Gore was funny, and truly sincere. The most important part was that everything he presented was fact. Scientists have been studying the earth's temperature and the output of CO2 for years, and the results indicate that humans are truly having an impact on the temperature of our planet. It's true that the planet has gone through periods of heat and cold, but we are at record-breaking high temperatures, which follow almost exactly, the amount of CO2 released into the air. We are thickening the atmosphere through greenhouse gasses, which forces heat to stay inside our atmosphere. Some other notable facts:
Over 928 scientists have written academic papers and studies regarding the effect of greenhouse gasses, and the human contribution to the problem, on our atmosphere. The number of times they've disagreed? 0. None. Nada. Zilch. 0. Our media has presented articles about the same topic. They presented doubt 53% of the time. Where are they getting their information? Certainly not from scientists. Perhaps they were told by Bush's Environment Chief, who was previously from the Oil Lobby. (When it was discovered he was editing documents, he resigned and went to work for ExxonMobil.)
Our use of fossil fuels is part of the problem. We must find alternative sources of energy. Not just to be rid of our dependence on foreign oil, but on oil altogether. But here's what the President of Shell Oil said: "I think energy independence is going too far." Wrong. Our country should be leading the development of new technology in energy - then we could sell our product all over the world, instead of relying on others to provide it for us.
What We Can Do
The technology is here to make a real and lasting impact. Here are several steps you can take to make a difference.
(originally posted on The Chief Source)
Tip of the day: Use more recycled paper products, including napkins, paper towels, notebooks, etc.