I personally believe that global warming is real. The common sense of it rings true to me. With the undeniable economic incentives that are out there to spin the data, that's really what one is left with – what makes sense intuitively. Setting aside who is right on global warming for a minute. Consider the debate's broader potential impact.I think most can agree that U.S. dependence on oil is not in our long-term interests. It's gonna run out over the next few hundred years or so by anyone's calculation. So, if one's interested in the out-years of this country's destiny shouldn't they be on the same side as the global warmer doomsayers—because their doomsday predictions drive action that will get us closer to energy independence. The argument may be fuzzy – but its simplicity rings true.We're childless by choice and approaching a fairly comfortable retirement. So, on days when I'm thinking only of myself and mine, I'm ambivalent about the issue. In the final $ and cents analysis it is in personal economic interest to have gas for my gas guzzling toys at a reasonable cost. What's really baffling to me is how folks with kids/grandkids etc. who will have to face the future can be so against change in this arena. The pain of it will be much less if gradually undertaken….yes, technology has gotten us this far on an amazing ride - but, for my money it's not gonna be able to solve the oil gluttony problem – call me Malthus, but while the numbers can be added up to tell any story – gut instincts make me really wonder about our behavior…like they say though – in the long run, we're dead – what about those that come after though… - tom
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