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Warming up to global warmingPosted Monday, September 10, 2007, at 12:04 PM
I'm not convinced -- at least not yet -- that global warming is affecting our environment.
But the hottest, driest summer in my memory plus the past few snowless winters (remember snow? It's white and falls from the sky in flakes...) have got me wondering.
Are we -- by "we" I mean humanity in general -- at fault?
I can see how smoke-belching factories -- and Shelbyville has had its share -- could have had a cumulative effect over the years. Yet I also have a hard time imagining that the atmosphere is permanently damaged, or that the aerosol deodorant most people used not so many years ago could have left its mark.
But I'm not shutting out the theory, either, and am willing to listen with an open mind.
It's too bad certain politicians aren't open-minded enough to do so -- and/or are using global warming as a political code phrase instead of taking it seriously.
In particular, President Bush's seemingly total dismissal of global warming advocates' views is completely wrong. Any leader who disparages those who show concern about our environment obviously has a "polluted" mind.
Sometimes I think Al Gore goes too far to the other extreme, but since I have a lot of respect for him I'm listening.
It's probably those of us in the middle of the two extremes who will ultimately make a difference. Hopefully I'll become "greener", as the environmentally aware say, as time goes by.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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