Monday, January 12, 2009

If We Are In Such Danger of Global Warming, Why Am I Chilled to the Bone?

This is going to be a very cold week in Chicago. And after I had been promised global warming. Dang.
Okay, truth be told, I am not really convinced either way about global warming. But when gas prices went up, I did start thinking about ways to save gas. But, if my husband took public transportation, he would need me to drive him to where he could pick it up, about halfway to his place of work. Not exactly a gas saving opportunity.
I always recycle. I don't believe in being wasteful. We are called to be good stewards of the earth, whether Global Warming is fact or a hoax. That means not treating our resources like a never ending supply of _______.
We will wait to get a new car until there is a well made, affordable, American hybrid to choose. Because I can't afford expensive and shoddy, and gas prices are going to continue to be volatile. I have nothing against people who choose foreign cars, but I have a cousin who works as a salesman for GM. When I buy a car, he looks out for me. Shouldn't I do the same when I choose a car?
With or without GW, pollution is unpleasant. Perhaps even unhealthy. Pollution emitted into air and water should be limited.
But let's face it. If I never drove again, or took another airplane, grew my own food, became a vegetarian, recycled everything, did absolutely everything right, I still wouldn't save the earth as much harm as is emitted by one burning oil well in the middle east. That doesn't mean I am claiming license to be irresponsible, but if I became a fanatic, I wouldn't change the world. If we all became fanatics, we still could find global warming is a natural phenomenon.
I think Global Warming (and evolution for that matter, but that is another can of worms), should be taught as a possible theory, alongside other theories. Maybe we should be careful, and hedge out bets by recycling, walking when possible, and finding other sources of energy. But we shouldn't treat GW as fact.
Okay, now believers in GW and disbelievers can commence hating me alike. Go ahead. You probably could use something to bring you together to the table. It might as well be "Helen at Random Musings is full of Scheiss "(which is German for shit).
All that, just to say it is colder than a politician's heart here in Chicago this week. I put away the muumuus, and am rockin' the velour sweats this week. In a Jessica Rabbit sort of way. At least that is my story as to why it is tight, rather than that I have gained a few pounds since last winter, and I am sticking to it. Enjoy the video.

15 comments:

sherri said...

I don't believe the globe is warmer. From what I've gathered, our globe is actually a couple of degrees COOLER than it was.

Our pastor is a lover of all things scientific, so he is always sharing scientific news to back up his opinions which I really appreciate. I aso don't believe our earth is MILLIONS of years old (another "theory" that has been scientifically shot down.) Nor do I believe there is life on other planets, or that diet pills really work.

Helen said...

Sherri, I am not sure of the global temperature. I only think using resources well is bibical, so it can't be wrong no matter what side of the GW debate one falls.
I, too, believe in a young earth. I don't worry about life on other planets. If I thought diet pills worked, I'd be taking them regularly.

katdish said...

OH DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED!!! I don't know if I've mentioned this, but before I had my son, I worked in the oil and gas industry for years, and my dh still does. (Incidentally, he is traveling to D.C. in the very near future to kiss a bunch of burecratic ass.) Contrary to popular belief, oil companies and their affiliates in this country spends millions upon millions of dollars to insure environmental practices above and beyond standards that are regulated by the federal government. (Staffed oftentimes by people whose college transcripts were not sufficiently impressive enough to get jobs in the private sector -- not always, but I've worked with MANY of these folks.) Meanwhile, there are toxic gas wells bubbling merrily away without concern in other parts of the world while government officials lavishly decorate their homes with the proceeds from blackmail, bribery and good old fashioned shake-downs. I'm not saying that every company does all it can to protect the planet, but the vast majority ARE NOT the evil empires that some would paint them to be. My sister has a very successful career as an environmental engineer. Her only job is to make sure the company she works for is jumping through the correct government hoops. It is a full time, very labor intensive job that requires huge staffs of total overhead employees. And incidentally, Al Gore sells these ridiculous environmental credits at great personal profit. Like so many politicians, he feeds into ignorant fear of the unknown in order to get an agenda pushed forward. (I told you not to get me started!)

P.S. - Helen said shit! (teehee)

Annie K said...

Ok, I'm thinking the environmentalists might want to drop the carbon meter and keep away from this blog tonight. I won't go into my anti-Gore rant because I did that a few posts ago and I'll just end up with my mouth on my forehead and ticked off. I'm already ticked off today by my lously union sending me propoganda and supporting another guy who wrote a book about how I'm trying to criminalize illegal aliens because I'm a Republican and think they should be here legally. (Oh, and I'm not racist...I grew up with Mexicans and adore the culture and people..).

I do think it's funny that Helen said sh*t and referenced Jessica Rabbit in the same post. Helen, you are rockin' the Casbaugh and kickin butt!

Annie K said...

Oh yeah, I also was a broker in the timber industry. Yep...I sold cut down trees for a living. And, the company I worked for had the most stringent reforestation practices of any timber company out there, thank you very much. How come the environmentalists don't complain about the cut timber when they're wiping their butts?

Helen said...

I understand what you are saying Katdish. I am not accusing American oil companies of anything. I think we need to find alternative sources because oil can run out. I am in no way suggesting we stop drilling for oil. If we stop drilling, how would we lessen our dependence on foreign oil?
I am not a fan of Gore's either. That is why I found the parody done by those teenagers so amusing.

Helen said...

I am very fond of toilet paper.....and flush toilets. I hope these things aren't going to become like cell phone....you know, carry one with you and use it in the store or dmv line or whereever you are....
I am fond of wood, too. I sit on and at dead trees every day.....

Ryan B said...

Right on Helen. I still have really cold days. And to be honest, I wouldn't mind a bit of warming up on this planet. It makes for a better summer. I don't really think global warming is for real. But I definitely do agree that we need different energy sources and I believe that we will get there eventually (Unless Jesus comes back before then of course).

Helen said...

I am definitely good with Jesus coming back before then, Ryan. I look forward to it.

katdish said...

Helen -

Don't think I was dissin' you about your post! That was just a general rant. I agree we need to find alternative energy sources. For example -- wind. Ironically, some of the same people that insisted upon putting up all those windmills in S. California were the same ones who protested and demanded that they be taken down when birds started flying into them. Sheesh! Okay. No more ranting (on this post).

Helen said...

Katdish, feel free to rant all you want. I just wanted you to know that I meant no disrespect to the oil and gas industry in this country. We need them (you?), and we need them to expand so we can lessen our dependence on foreign oil. (I worry about what would happen if we were at war with the middle east. It is not like they would sell us oil to annihilate them with, you know).
Birds, huh? What about the old big shadow of a hawk trick? You'd think if it worked for a patio door, they could expand the technology (teeheee) to windmills.

Annie K said...

Katdish, why did you have to go and mention birds? That makes me think of the spotted owl, which makes me think of the spotted frog. It's like a geometric progression of challenges. Or one big train wreck...

katdish said...

Annie - Don't get me started...again! The company I worked for drilled a bunch of wells in the Arapahoe Basin -- not very economically sound to pay for a drilling rig at $10,000 a day whist waiting for a couple of spotted owls to "get their freak on".

Helen said...

Did you try candles and soft music?

Gabrielle Eden said...

Helen - this was an interesting post. I liked the video.

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