“The Bush administration is trying to stifle scientific evidence of the dangers of global warming in an effort to keep the public uninformed, a Nasa scientist said yesterday. “In my more than three decades in government, I have never seen anything approaching the degree to which information flow from
scientists to the public has been screened and controlled as it is now,” James Hansen told a University of Iowa audience. Hansen is director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and has twice briefed a task force headed by Vice President Dick Cheney on global warming. Hansen said the administration wants to hear only scientific results that “fit predetermined, inflexible positions.” Evidence that would raise concerns bout the dangers of climate change is often dismissed as not being of sufficient interest to the public. “This, I believe, is a recipe for environmental disaster.” Hansen said the scientific community generally agrees that temperatures on Earth are rising because of the greenhouse effect – emissions of carbon dioxide and other materials into the atmosphere that trap heat. These rising temperatures, scientists believe, could cause sea levels to rise and trigger severe environmental consequences, he said. Hansen said such warnings are consistently suppressed, while studies that cast doubt on such interpretations receive favorable treatment from the administration. He also said reports that outline potential dangers of global warming are edited to make the problem appear less serious. “This process is in direct opposition to the most fundamental precepts of science,” he said.”
Does this sound familiar? This article was from October 2004 and sounds like it was just yesterday. Global warming may or may not be occurring, this may or may not be right, or it may or may not be a problem. Whatever the case may be, why do we insist in poisoning ourselves and our planet with toxic waste from our cars, power
plants and other not so friendly substances. We only have one planet, I think it is in our best interest to treat it as if it were just that, our only home. It’s not like we can just move away at this point after we destroy it literally. If you want to smoke, go ahead, do drugs, go for it, poison yourself anyway you see fit, but why do we insist on poisoning the planet we ALL have to live on? Now that is the real issue at hand here, and before we can tackle global warming and climate change, we need to make a concerted effort to stop poisoning this planet at any level once and for all! This is what we should be concerned with, for if we stop taking our planet for granted and start taking care of him or her (however way you choose to refer to it as), the rest will fall into place. We won’t have to worry about what we are doing if it is right, we won’t have to worry about what the side effects will be. We can choose our own destiny. Granted, mother nature can rear her ugly head in any way shape or form at any time, but relying on the sun to have less sunspots and declaring global warming a hoax is playing Russian roulette with the entire planets ecosystem and every inhabitant of this planet, from man to beast. Now that is the real conspiracy here!