The fact that the dinosaurs were the dominant life form on the planet for 250 million years should tell us something. I doubt that if they had the power of reason they would have believed that they would not last another 250 million years moments before their extinction. Following the dinosaurs extinction the planet's climate changed, becoming a favorable environment for humans to grow and flourish. The polar ice caps developed allowing the temperature to become moderate and the oceans receded resulting in fertile lands, such as the fertile crescent where we have man's earliest civilization, a civilization that were able to grow and expand. The planet was made hospitable for human existence, and if we force change upon the planet, the planet will have no problem changing again making it inhospitable for human existence.
Man has been around for about 10 thousand years a blink of an eye when compared to the dinosaurs. Yet man now has the ability to destroy himself. Between weapons of mass destruction, epidemics, and global warming we are teetering on the brink of destruction. I think Stephen Hawking said it best when he said,
"The danger is that global warming may become self-sustaining, if it has not done so already. The melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps reduces the fraction of solar energy reflected back into space, and so increases the temperature further. Climate change may kill off the Amazon and other rain forests, and so eliminate once one of the main ways in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. The rise in sea temperature may trigger the release of large quantities of carbon dioxide, trapped as hydrides on the ocean floor. Both these phenomena would increase the greenhouse effect, and so global warming further. We have to reverse global warming urgently, if we still can. " This is a dire warning about what our future may be.
We can deny it, ignore it, or accept it. It doesn't matter, the facts are that the planet is warming and human activity is responsible for it and humans have the ability to change it. If we keep the old paradigm of business as usual and see a conspiracy to limit American economic growth by the third world so that they can get a jump on the United States and that they, the third World and emerging industrial giants China and India can pass us up and reduce us to a third world nation status, then we are paranoid. America has always led the way and if we lead on this issue we can help the world see that change can come about and countries can still continue to grow economically but responsibly. The third world including India and China will be adversely impacted by the results of Global Warming and climate change. They will experience the greatest economic and population dislocation.
We may be seeing the first casualty and an early warning of the potential of Global Warming coming from Australia, the proverbial canary in the coal mine. Scientists have also reacted with alarm at the number of species that have become extinct and at the number of species of animals that are now threatened. This along with the natural disaster visiting Australia is our wake up call. How long before species extinction begins to threaten man? The December Copenhagen Climate Change Conference may be our best last chance to make a difference. If we don't act, fail to reduce emissions, we will have no one to blame for the consequences. We will be on course for human extinction. The thing about global Warming it is like a snow ball rolling down hill, it begins slowly and is small but as it rolls it gathers more snow and grows all the while picking up speed. At some point it becomes unstoppable. If we reach that point in Global Warming we become like the dinosaurs, EXTINCT.
The recent announcement of Iran's Secret Nuclear Facility by President Obama raises a specter of an Arms race in the Middle East. There is little trust between Iran and her neighbors. The threat of a nuclear armed Iran would spur countries such as Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt to seek to acquire nuclear weapons for national prestige or to counter the threat of a nuclear armed Iran. This presents a real danger of an unstable arms race and international nuclear terrorism in the worlds most volatile region. It also places a greater degree of concern for the state of Israel. Iran has made it clear to the world that Israel is their enemy and that they would prefer that the state of Israel cease to exist. Israel can only see a nuclear armed Iran as potential aggressor, and it may be only a matter of time before Israel will feel the need to act. As the only true democracy in the region Israel has gone it mostly alone with the lone exception of the United States as their one constant ally. It becomes imperative that the U.N. act to curtail Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons or we may see the use of preemptive military action from Israel. For Israel time is of the essence and it's patience is close to an end. Unless the world leaders can come together and act decisively, they will leave Israel no choice but to act unilaterally and take whatever action against Iran they feel necessary to insure their survival and time is growing short.
New Science Report Underlines Urgency for Governments to Seal the Deal in Copenhagen
Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).
GOP delay on Health Care
"It has become increasingly obvious that our country is intellectually adrift. Debates about health care, national security and a myriad of social issues suggest that instead of seeking enlightenment people often embrace instead crackpot notions of patriotism and irrational fears about an over-intrusive government."