25 April 2005

What's in a Theory?

Global warming, like macroevolution, is just a scientific theory, right? Let's take a look at some of the CNN headlines of the past month:

One-fifth of world's reefs destroyed: http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/04/25/seychelles.coral.reut/index.html
Snow makes unexpected return in Midwest:
Earthquake shakes southern California:
University to research melting ice caps: http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/04/12/polar.ice.grant.ap/index.html
Spring blizzard slams Colorado:
Earthquake strikes near Sumatra:
Quake rattles Japan's main island:
Disaster looms in coastal, urban regions:
Australian wave warning for west:
US in "battle mode" following quake:

Global warming is happening every day, and we are doing nothing concrete to stop it. How can the Bush administration send so much relief aid to so many countries and then propose to lower emission standards and drill in the arctic. From where does this "That is them and this is us" attitude derive? Is this the world you want to live in?

Ian McEwan discusses the topic frankly on Grist at http://www.grist.org/comments/soapbox/2005/04/25/mcewan-climate/index.html It is definitely worth a read. The problem with his solution is this: International measures hold no weight in the US. We allow for no law above ourselves.

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