A truly inconvenient truth
Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson thinks that even those politicians who claim to care about global warming are just engaging in hypocritical public relations exercises.
All rational scientists agree that global warming is happening. There is no debate about whether or not global warming is happening. A majority of scientists agree that the manmade contribution to global warming is the significant factor causing increases in world temperature.
Samuelson cites a new report from the International Energy Agency in Paris which describes various scenarios involving "heroic" efforts to control population growth, economic growth, and energy consumption, but these best efforts still show a calculated increase in greenhouse gases from 6 percent to 27 percent by 2050.
The problem of global warming can't be solved, argues Samuelson, without a major new technological breakthrough:
The trouble with the global warming debate is that it has become a moral crusade when it's really an engineering problem. The inconvenient truth is that if we don't solve the engineering problem, we're helpless.
It's time to get serious about global warming.
We need a "war president" who has the courage to wage war on the stranglehold energy companies have on our political system; who has the courage to forge a dramatic new direction for our country, and the world.
Hint: The answer ain't (Shell) hydrogen fuel cells.
Update: Judd at ThinkProgress thinks Samuelson is intentionally distorting the facts of the IEA report to reach the conclusion that nothing can be done about global warming. In fact, according to Judd, there is an IEA scenario, that Samuelson failed to cite, which projects a 16 percent decrease in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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