[opendtv] Re: Global warming - was A Station Group with a Future

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 15:49:14 -0500

Tom Barry wrote:

> It is easy to imagine the greater dinosaur philosophers
> arguing that life would otherwise be so improbable that
> the very fact they lived here for so many millions of
> years meant this neighborhood of space time was somehow
> particularly dinosaur-friendly, either as if someone was
> looking out for them or the system was somehow just very
> serendipitously optimized for dinosaur survival.
> In hindsight we know they were wrong.

They were right. And they probably would have continued to be right if
(the theory goes) a meteor had not created a nuclear winter, which the
ecosystem had to struggle to resolve.

The facts are not secret. Take acid rain, for example.

Rain is always acid. Its pH is always less than 7, even in pristine
environments. It is usually 5.5, and at most 6.5.

Add in the human element. Now, in some parts, it goes down to 4.5 or
even 4.2. But It doesn't keep dropping. It stabilizes there. The
question is, do we dare mess it up even more? At what point do we create
a problem such as that meteor did for the dynosaurs?

But I don't want to sound like someone trying to make excuses so he can
drive his obscene Cadillac Escalade, Ford Excursion, or what have you. I
think the Democrats should stop posturing and get the damned SUVs
included in the same CAFE requirements as cars. That would be a start.

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