What Really Pees Me Off
I’ve probably mentioned this before. It’s people with no scientific training whatsoever who know more about science than scientists. The ice caps are melting. Europe is burning up. Sea levels are rising. Species are approaching extinction. Our planet is well on its way to disaster. And yet certain people, especially people in power, deny the validity of scientific research. Money is far more important to them than the survival of our planet Earth, as we know it. They get their science from the news media.
I have one friend who says why should we do anything because China releases more greenhouse gasses than we do. WHAT?! First, we are worse than they are per capita. Second, and even more important, because somebody else is destroying our planet, we should be just as horrible as they are?! It just doesn’t make sense. I thought America was supposed to be leading the world. But no. This mindset is to the contrary. If some country is harmful, we are justified to be just as harmful.
Several years ago one of my climate change denying friends wouldn’t let up. He continually laughed at those who believed that greenhouse gasses cause atmospheric warming. I finally said to him “Bob (not his real name), what’s the Second Law of Thermodynamics?” to which he replied “Duh”. I said “You’re not qualified to lecture me on physics.” He never mentioned it after that. But you don’t have to be a PhD physicist, meteorologist or oceanographer to understand that we are facing an immense problem.
The fact is that the various atmospheric gasses have different thermodynamic properties. This is easily demonstrated in the laboratory. It’s like different liquids have different boiling points. How can anyone with a modicum of intelligence deny it? They do if all they care about is money. And, sadly for the rest of us, we and our planet are paying the price.
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