@bgprincess05 thank you for starting this discussion. It seems that you are very passionate about this topic, and it also seems from your comments that you are a logical, respectful person, one which I can have this discussion with and keep an open mind without anyone getting offended.
This is a topic I have really wanted to discuss. Since I haven’t seen you on this site before ill give you a little background. I am traditionally more Libertarian, Conservative leaning. But I really do care about the Earth. I think that all energy production should be as safe and clean as possible. I live in a more rural area with clean air because I am lucky, but whenever I go into the city I am so disgusted with the air quality. So just from personal experience, I do believe air quality is a real problem in some urban areas, but I am digressing. My point is that to let you know that I am not in complete opposition to the environmental movement in this country, but I am by nature a skeptic.
I do not deny that the climate indeed changes, I think we are going to get cooler and warmer on this Earth, just as we have throughout history. My indecision on the climate change debate comes from the human impact. I am undecided on this because of the scandals I’ve read about regarding the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). I’ve read about my scientists leaving the IPCC due to what they feel was political pressure to blame human impact on climate change.
Here’s a link to some of the statements from scientists that have resigned from the IPCC:
An here is a list of scientists that are against the theory that human impact on climate change is to blame for climate change: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_scientists_opposing_the_mainstream_scientific_assessment_of_global_warming
For me, I worry about the political pressure involved, and I worry that there are people looking to make a lot of money if Carbon Emissions are capped. And I please hope you will discuss this with me, as this is an issue I wish to become more educated on so that regardless of the outcome, I can make the right decision and support the side of the argument that is best for the planet and for society.
To explain my corruption argument in the above paragraph: Al Gore’s venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins has invested $6 million in a software company that stands to make billions of dollars from cap-and-trade regulation. Cap-and-trade is the legislation meant to limit carbon emissions. Cap and Trade failed nationally, but has been adopted by some states including California.
Side note: California governor Jerry Brown wants to use the funds generated from Cap and Trade for other purposes, you can read more about that HERE: http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/jerry-brown-wants-to-spend-california-cap-and-trade-money-high-speed-rail
Anyway back to the money: Hara Software (Gore’s investment firm invested in) sells software to help track greenhouse gas emissions. The market for such software is now about $2.5 billion dollars in size, and is expected to grow by a factor of ten to $25 billion if cap-and-trade legislation is enacted.
Here’s another article from a while back regarding Gore: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/6491195/Al-Gore-could-become-worlds-first-carbon-billionaire.html
Anyway, this is why I am a bit skeptical. I feel as though there are people looking to profit if carbon emissions are capped. And although the Cap-and-trade bill failed nationally, its working its way in on the state level. I don’t trust politicians, and so I fear that they are not really concerned about the environment and are more concerned about helping special interests profit so that they can get funds for the reelection campaigns. I definitely feel this happens on both sides of the aisle (see my article on campaign financing: http://www.volkalize.com/topic/who-is-purchasing-politicians-with-campaign-donations-koch-brothers-or-others/ )
But regarding climate change, I am really skeptical so maybe you can help me understand your point of view or debunk some of these concerns I’ve brought up.
Thanks, looking forward to this discussion!