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The Death of a Planet

Updated on August 7, 2011

Global Warming

By now we have all heard of global warming.

Despite a consensus by many noted scientists that it is happening and is a clear danger to our planet, there are those, such as the previous G. W. Bush administration, that would have us believe there is nothing to worry about.

Bush pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions and put in its place an American voluntary plan. This plan, so far, has only been signed by 14 companies’ country wide. He moved a group responsible for monitoring global warming, to come under the commerce department, headed by Secretary Don Evans an ex oil and gas executive.

The dangers of global warming are trying to be dispelled by the puppets of the oil industry and these puppets can obtain high positions.

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Europe
Africa
Africa

The Dangers

A small department within the Pentagon, responsible for trying to identify future threats to security, commissioned a private company to try to evaluate what could happen if global warming continued unchecked. The findings were:

First, droughts would occur sparking great fires that released still more co2 into the atmosphere. The build up of co2 in the atmosphere would hold more heat attracting more water vapor. This would cause super storms breaking levees in places like Holland and Los Angeles.

The melting North Pole ice caps putting cold water into the seas would “turn off” the warm Gulf Stream putting Europe in a deep freeze. Although Europe froze, the rest of the planet would sizzle creating super droughts that would result in the destruction of crops. Resources would become scarce.

The United States would struggle to keep out refugees from the drought stricken Caribbean and would jostle with Mexico over the rights to the Colorado River.

As raiding is preferable to starving, Europe would look to secure food from Russia. Perhaps Japan would look for the oil resources of Russia.

Whilst Africa starves, India, Pakistan and China all armed with Nuclear Weapons, have border skirmishes over refugees, water rights and arable land.

Inevitable

The End

The report concluded that armed nuclear warfare would be inevitable.

This surely could not be in the long term interests of even the oil industry.

Global warming is happening and is happening at an increasing rate. Now is the time that we must tell our leaders that we are not prepared for them to ignore the facts, sitting back to appease the oil giants.

They have to take responsible and major actions to try and curb this coming disaster.

It is not the climate that will kill us. It is us that will kill us.

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      Coming of Age 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Hi Rafken,

      Well I for one would like to be the guy who invents the better "mouse trap". In this case that would be a zero emissions vehicle at an affordable price. The reward would already be there...Big $.

      Read my hub when you get a minute please. "Global Climate Disillusionment". I'd like to see your comments there when you have finished.

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      rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      I'm originally from the UK, in the 80's there, you wouldn't think of buying a new car that did less than 40mpg. American cars don't do that yet. Granted they weren't AC or automatic. I don't mean incentives to buy but a good reward if you come up with a new idea.

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      Coming of Age 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Well, that didn't take long. Sure there are some small things, like the bikini you write about that can be done, but novelty items come and go in the blink of an eye.

      In your last comment you say "Government incentives for new ideas wouldn't hurt." What sort of incentives? Buy a new Leaf from Nissan, and you'll get a $7,500.00 tax credit. Buy it in California, and thanks to Former Republican Gov. Swartzennegar (spelling is probably wrong), you'll do even better and receive a 5k rebate.

      Why is it fair in your mind to offer incentives to "green" products, but not to the oil industry? Can't you see the hypocrisy there? For example, If we offer incentives to Ford to reduce the emissions from the their cars the result is often the same. Are you arware how much less gasoline is consumed by the cars we drive today, then those that were sold in the 1950's through the 1980's. Think it's just government interference? I would beg to differ. As Japanes cars developed fuel efficiency particularly in the 1970's, American cars were forced to do the same, or face extinction. That's the point again. Free market competition is its own best friend.

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      Coming of Age 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Sure, I'll read it. I will come back here to comment afterward.

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      rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Coming of Age - Read my hub "Bikinis Lead the Field in the Green House War". That tells you what we should be doing. I give some suggestions in other hubs also but first you should read this. Government incentives for new ideas wouldn't hurt.

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      Coming of Age 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Hi Rafken,

      Witty, but irrelevant.

      Let's get back to your hub. In it it becomes quite clear that you embrace Global Warming as a fact. Fair enough, we'll start from there.

      The question becomes then, what would you have all of us do about it that is not already being done?

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      rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Coming of Age - Air fares would probably be cheaper. I am not sure which needs the most inflation, an Airship or an Airline.

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      Coming of Age 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Let me put it this way: I believe the primary function of government should be to provide security for the state, and enforce the rule of contract law. Security in this sense is not to pass laws that make it illegal for you to buy an incandescent light bulb. Those things will take care of themselves when a better alternative becomes available through a healthy free market.

      Should oil companies receive unfair advantages through tax breaks…No, but neither should any large corporation. These things are meant to keep jobs in America and hopefully provide a corporate incentive to keep the conglomerates from hiring cheaper foreign labor abroad, but historically we can see that it rarely works. Instead the corporations just get greedier.

      When the government manipulates the free market things get dicey. Imagine where we might be if the government decided that the zeppelins were favorable to airplanes back in 1903. Deciding for us that airplanes were too dangerous for consumers, and subsequently shut down the Wright Brothers.

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      rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Coming of Age - You don't consider the giving of tax breaks to oil companies "meddling" then.

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      Coming of Age 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      George Bush's administration also proposed the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative (HFI) in 2003, and by 2008 the U.S. had contributed a billion dollars to it. Now the Obama administration wants reduce the funding despite the fact that hydrogen fuel cells offer a more viable alternative to the internal combustion than do electrics. They offer a range of up to 250 miles compared to the (at best) 100 miles of the Nissan Leaf. The true range according to consmer reports is closer to 80 miles, before a seven hour recharge. The fuel cell can be refueled in 5 minutes.

      Doesn't matter, Toyota is planning to release one in 2015 at a cost of $50k U.S...That's only slightly less affordable to the average consumer than the Leaf, or Chevy Volt.

      Why is it always the government?..."They have to take responsible and major actions to try and curb this coming disaster." That's a crock! Government has no business meddling in the free market.

      Build a viable alternative,or better lightbulb, car, or whatever at a competitive price and people will buy it for that reason alone. Then it doesn't even matter what they think about the reason for the warming trend, which is far from a scientific consensus as to the anthropogenic aspect.

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      Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      I am afraid Rafken, that the problem may well be irreversable as greed is not likely to be stemmed until disaster befall us all. We always to deal with the members of the "Flat Earth" society who continue to stubbornly ignore the obvious. The earth has limits as to how much it can renew and self sustain, we are going to find that out to our peril, Great hub

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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Rafken,

      This is a nice educational hub. If we take care of our planet, our planet will take care of us. Thanks

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      Hiccupp 5 years ago

      AKA, who said anything about intelligent design?

      What scientific fact are you talking about? That ice melts in the summer?

      What about all those emails by climate scientists where they colluded to keep the warming line going to get grant money?

      Or the peer reviewed article about vanishing glaciers that was not even written by a scientist? It came from a ski magazine and the scientist from India lifted it?

      You are so right. We are screwed. lol

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Winston - "a nation of Americal Idol voters would think that a 30-second sound byte that reaffirms their political bias represents all the factual knowledge they need to make an informed decision."

      This makes me want to cry. We are so screwed...

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      AKA Winston 5 years ago

      (That picture of the polar bear was taken...in the SUMMER...)

      Like I said, the deniers never attack the scientific facts but try to obscure the issue with sideshows and misdirection...

      Then they want Intelligent Design taught in our science classrooms.

      We are so screwed....

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      Hiccupp 5 years ago

      That picture of the polar bear was taken by an Australian tourist in the SUMMER when the ice DOES melt.

      Sorry but I don't believe man has anything to do with climate change.

      http://newsbusters.org/node/11879

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      AKA Winston 5 years ago

      The scientific evidence of anthropogenic global warming is incontravertable, which is why the deniers never attack the scientific facts but try to obscure the issue with sideshows and misdirection about scientists' e-mails and obscure non-related historical heating/cooling periods.

      It takes effort and intelligence to read and comprehend the scientific data, so it should come as no surprise that a nation of Americal Idol voters would think that a 30-second sound byte that reaffirms their political bias represents all the factual knowledge they need to make an informed decision.

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      Howard Schneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Great article Rafken. Global warming is real and moving fast. We need to fight it full force right now.

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Last night I walked outside and thought to myself, "Texas is dying". It's the very worst I've ever seen. Practically all of my trees are dead or dying and we are expecting another month or two of drought, then a dry winter.

      It definitely does not feel "natural". I'm having a hard time coping with this.

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      PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Whether natural or manmade Global Warming is happening. Having lived in Alaska for 30 years I definitely saw the glaciers recede, the northern pack ice disappear the flora on the tundra change and the disappearance of the Polar bears. I don't know if we can do anything to stop it but I think we can slow it down if we reduce our CO2 emissions. The droughts and floods have increased and the Greenland and Antarctic Ice is melting at an accelerated rate, judge for yourself, I have. Peter

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      It reminds me of those frogs where you slowly turn up the water until they boil to death. Never knowing what was happening to them.

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      JerryTillotson 5 years ago from Montpelier, VT

      Thought provoking hub Rafken. Please consider the following opposing point of view.

      https://hubpages.com/politics/The-Great-Global-War...

      thanks,

      Jerry

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