I came across a self-identified liberal who was arguing for climate change, he was posting all kinds of data to support his claims and he finished it off with, I kid you not, “that’s why humans are solely responsible for climate change”. Now wait a minute, he never produced a single point of data in all of his argument that even mentioned humans. He just wanted to assert that in the end because, apparently, liberals cannot separate climate change from human-caused climate change. To liberals, they are one and the same. I have my suspicions why this is the case but I’ll go into those later.
What’s worse, if you say you don’t accept that humans are completely to blame for climate change, they will pretend you don’t accept that climate change happens at all. I’ve seen exactly that claimed many, many times. In fact, in a recent episode of Cosmos, Neil Degrasse Tyson said essentially the same thing, that it’s all man’s fault that the climate is changing and we have to change our ways or risk the equivalent of an asteroid falling on the dinosaurs.
Note, the asteroid that fell on Chicxulub was not the fault of the dinosaurs, although the liberal climate change crowd would probably find a way to blame them if they could.
A lot of this I find to be a large part of the liberal mindset. They want someone to blame. They want to think that man has complete and total control of the world around him, therefore there has to be someone to point a finger at, therefore they can believe that we can fix it, no matter what it is.
That’s not the case, sorry. If you look at the climate history of the planet, we see many, many instances of change that had nothing whatsoever to do with human activity, in fact, we find many cases that happened before humans even evolved on this planet. Whether the liberals like it or not, we were not responsible for things that happened before we even existed. While we may have had some effect on the current climate situation, maybe even a significant effect, we are not the ones to blame for all of it. It’s not something we can fix. It’s something we have to try to survive through and if we can’t, then we may go extinct, just like millions of other species have over the years. That might be a scary thought for a lot of people but scary or not, it is the truth.
Like it or not, this kind of thing happens regularly. See the chart to the right, it details the climate swings in just the past 12,000 years. Are we supposed to think that humans, who weren’t even a technological species until a few hundred years ago, were responsible for them all? Of course not, that would be absurd. So why are we supposed to think that we’re the cause of all of Earth’s problems now?
I understand that, like the majority of liberal positions, this is based on emotion. They’re terrified to be powerless. They’re afraid that we can’t solve the problems. They’re aghast at the prospect that man’s destiny is not completely controlled by man. They’re alarmed to realize that they’re a minuscule bit of the universe and that everything doesn’t revolve around us.
And so, they try to blame us for everything but we’re just not responsible for every bad thing that befalls us. Take extinction for example. We go to extreme lengths to save species that may go extinct. Well, the cute species, we’re not as concerned with the rest of the 10,000 species that go extinct each and every year. And you know something? Those 10,000 species would go extinct whether we were around or not. It’s not our fault and it’s not our responsibility. That’s how evolution works. Old species die off, new species evolve. It’s not our job to maintain some kind of planetary stasis because we don’t want anything to change. Things change! That’s how the world works!
And it’s not just the planet, we don’t mean a damn thing in universal terms either. If we vanished as a species tomorrow, nobody would notice. Maybe in the distant future, some alien species might consider us an anthropological anachronism but nothing more. We’re just not important to anyone but ourselves.
We have to face the fact that we, as a species, infest the surface of our planet, just like every other species that we live with. The planet doesn’t care about us, the planet has no reason to protect us, if we vanished tomorrow, the planet wouldn’t care, not that it’s capable of caring. I think George Carlin said it best when he said that the planet is fine. It might be us that is fucked.
We have to learn that our pathetic little existence on this pathetic little planet in a pathetic little galaxy is meaningless in the scheme of things. All of the poisons we dump into the atmosphere is vastly overwhelmed by a single volcanic eruption. An average of 55 volcanoes erupt each and every year somewhere on Earth. We’re just not causing anywhere near the damage to be a major threat. The sun, when it is on a warming cycle, produces a far, far greater effect than anything we can do. Are we supposed to believe that we’re responsible for volcanoes and the sun? Seriously? What little we do is dwarfed by nature and we cannot change nature. Nature is so much larger than we are, we’re fundamentally beneath notice.
And all the Prius’ on the planet won’t change that.