“It’s About Being a Good Shepherd”
That’s the reason my friend Scott gave me for buying a hybrid car after I mentioned that a person would probably never save enough money on gas to make up for the premium he or she had paid for the car.
On one hand, I agree with him: I think that this world is a stewardship, and we should be good and wise stewards. On the other hand, my money is also a stewardship, and I need to be wise in that stewardship as well. I bought my current vehicle (a 2000 Honda Accord) for about $7,500 on Craigslist. When I buy a hybrid, it will probably be in similar circumstances — my current income doesn’t allow me to buy a car purely on principle.
Of course, there are those who think the whole global warming thing is debatable, so maybe I won’t have to worry about it.
In a posting to the APS forum, editor Jeffrey Marque explains,”There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution.”
The APS is opening its debate with the publication of a paper by Lord Monckton of Brenchley, which concludes that climate sensitivity — the rate of temperature change a given amount of greenhouse gas will cause — has been grossly overstated by IPCC modeling. A low sensitivity implies additional atmospheric CO2 will have little effect on global climate.
…Monckton, who was the science advisor to Britain’s Thatcher administration, says natural variability is the cause of most of the Earth’s recent warming. “In the past 70 years the Sun was more active than at almost any other time in the past 11,400 years … Mars, Jupiter, Neptune’s largest moon, and Pluto warmed at the same time as Earth.”
I’ve heard some of these arguments before. I’m undecided as to how I feel about them, but will be watching closely.