Is global warming a hoax?
Anyone who listens to the news for sure very often comes across a news anchor stating how the Earth’s climate is changing. Global warming is a term that creates fear among many. But with all the open and uncensored media out there how do we know that this is not a lie or cover-up? So what does global warming actually mean and is it really true? If global warming is such a big deal why are we taking our time to act?
The climate of the Earth has been changing way before the industrialization era began; way before we started to dig up fossil fuel, burn it and put carbon into the air. So if this has been happening for a long time, what is the huge fuss about it? Many believe this is just a fuss. Looking at the financial perspective, many beneficiaries have popped up due to the investment in green-friendly materials. One of the notable people who made sky rocketing financial gains after his investment within the green-industry riches is Al Gore, an American politician, advocate and philanthropist, who was the 45th Vice President of the United States, under President Bill Clinton. Larry Bell states:
In 2004, Gore co-founded London-based Generation Investment Management (GIM) with Senator Feinstein’s husband, former Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Managing Director David Blood to invest money in businesses that were “going green”. Public filings show that GIM raised profits of nearly $218 million between 2008 and 2011, split among 26 partners. By 2008 Gore was able to put together $35 million into hedge funds and private partnerships through Capricorn Investment Group, a Palo Alto company founded by his Canadian billionaire buddy Jeffrey Skoll, the first president of EBay Inc (Bell).
One main blow comes from the cost of actually switching to green-friendly sources. For starters we have been so used to this carbon consumption economy that tampering with this system might cause a tangle. In addition there is a price tag that many nations want to avoid since green-friendly energy isn’t cheap. That is wrong however in comparison to the cost that future generations will encounter. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) contends that, “the 80 percent reduction in U.S. emissions that will be needed to lead international action to stop climate change may not come cheaply, but the cost of failing to act will be much greater” (Ackerman 4). People also argue and point out how scientists and climatologists are certain about predictions of the climate. Based on how it is hard to accurately try to forecast and predict the weather for the next ten days yet how are we certain on predicting the climate after five to ten years with such certainty. For a fact weather and climate are two totally different subjects. Weather is the state of the atmosphere in regards to whether it is cold, warm, rainy, or sunny. However, climate is the weather condition that prevails within an area over a long period of time. Hence, the major difference with climate...