Going Green?

November 15, 2007 at 11:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

After Steve’s blog on our warming climate last weekend, we received a number of comments here on our Blog, and by email. Some offered praise, and others criticism. Here is my response to one writer who was particularly critical of the whole idea of Global Warming:

“I don’t know how you can claim that global warming is a non-existent problem, when earlier in your email, you admitted that it is occurring.

I don’t doubt at all that part of the warming is due to natural fluctuations in our climate. As you pointed out, that has always happened and always will. But the CO2 levels are up more than 30% since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. And yes, that rise in CO2 began in the 1800’s.

Basically, there is scientific consensus that global warming is occurring, and also that CO2 levels are rising. The only debate is how much of the warming is natural, and how much is caused by humans. I think the odds are that both factors are involved in the warming.. But if the climate is already warming naturally, it just makes sense to do everything in our power not to make it worse. Yes, there are costs in doing that. But although I don’t expect my house to burn down, I still pay for fire insurance every year. I look at addressing CO2 levels in the same way

As for our Going Green segments, very few have anything to do with global warming. In fact, we have been doing weekly stories for over 6 months, and I don’t recall a single story by NBC5 on that topic. Admittedly, the NBC network news has done occasional stories on that, but at the local level we do stories such as recycling, insulation, native plants, mulching, toxic waste disposal, etc. I can’t imagine that you would call any of that a “scam”, “propaganda”, or “nonsense”. They are all common-sense solutions to everyday problems, aimed at keeping our environment in good shape to pass on to our kids.”

I haven’y yet heard back from that writer.


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