I recently had a date night with my boyfriend where we literally spent the entire dinner, I call it arguing, he calls it heatedly debating, global warming.
I often find myself in these types of argumentative situations regarding global warming. I do not share the widely held belief that we are responsible for global warming and this makes people uncomfortable, kind of like when I’m the only person in the group not getting stoned. To be fair though, the stoners are more paranoid than uncomfortable, but I digress. I’m opinionated, but I hate arguing. I have my opinions and my beliefs and I don’t feel any need to convert people to my way of thinking and I’m certainly not foolish enough to think that I can!
So back to my story, here we are enjoying some fine Portuguese cuisine when the conversation somehow turns to the topic of global warming and I inform my boyfriend that I don’t care about the earth and I don’t believe in global warming (oh no, I’ve angered it). Which isn’t entirely true. I care about the earth insomuch as I don’t want to be walking around waist-high in garbage and I believe that global warming is a natural cyclical phenomenon that has nothing to do with society’s carbon footprint. Here’s the thing about people who argue that global warming is caused by humans, they all quote what they’ve heard on TV from Al Gore or some other person in power. I don’t like Al Gore, you know who I like, George Carlin.
I think George sums up my opinion perfectly so I won’t go into the details of our dinner debate, but a few things to think about:
1. There was a time, circa 1994, when I would walk into a grocery store and ask for my items to be placed in my own canvas bag (for convenience sake, canvas bags don’t break halfway home) and I would be refused. Clerks would not allow your items to be put in your own bag. They had to be put in the store’s plastic bags and once you left you could do as you pleased. This, if you haven’t figured it out, was a great way to advertise a store. People walking around, their groceries in a bag emblazoned with a grocer’s logo was fabulous advertising. Now, because people have been conditioned to “save the planet” plastic bags just don’t jive. So, instead, they now charge you 5 cents a bag. 5 cents of your hard-earned money… for a bag. If you’ve forgotten your reusable bags at home, of which we all have way too many, you’re probably more likely to buy another at $1.99 than to pay 5 cents for the plastic one because, after all, you want to help the planet out. So, instead of having 5 cents of your hard-earned money, they now have 2 dollars of your hard-earned money…for a bag.
2. If global warming is such a concern and it is caused by the burning of fossil fuels, why haven’t governments stepped in to ban the use of gas powered vehicles? At the very least, they could implement a law that allows only one car per household, or ban the use of cars during the work week, obliging people to take public transit, therefore reducing their carbon footprint and saving the planet. This type of thing is not unheard of, the Chinese government implemented the one child policy and the Canadian government banned cod fishing off the coast of Newfoundland in the early 90s. But, instead of banning the use of cars we have governments bailing out car manufacturers…
3. How much money do you spend on Eco-friendly products. Do you buy things because they’re “good for the planet?”
I’m just saying, think for yourselves and form your own opinions. Don’t think that just because people are in positions of power it means that they’re right. And, STOP WATCHING SO MUCH TV!
“The world is not fair, and often, fools, cowards, liars and the selfish hide in high places”