Also the melting of the Polar Caps is reducing the salinity of the ocean, which will kill all life that can not adjust. We could be in big big trouble. Polar bears starving for lack of ice to hunt from is just the most visible part of the problem.
The CO2 problem seems to be in the oceans, where most of our oxygen comes from. CO2 dissolving in the water reduces the water's pH. That needs to be researched; if a lot of the ocean plants die, we lose some percentages of oxygen world-wide.
I don't mind having some petrol use. As CO2 rises, plants grow faster, turning out more O2. A big problem is when the oceans, gulfs, bayous get polluted. Plants in them contribute a lot of O2, also.
I think we highly over-use our technology. Instead of researching it, we just put it out for monetary profit. For instance, the radiation from cell phones, which is still considered, by some experts, to be a problem, along with Wii and other remote-styled stuff that people spend hours with each day.
It is not too hard to shield/modify/equip things to be much less harmful, but money interests, mainly stock market style, prohibit the human element from coming to the fore early-on.
Since oil seeps into the Gulf of Mexico, maybe getting some out is fine. New chemical analyses show that some of the oil is new--the earth still makes oil. The BP problem was money--the Halliburton cement was the cheaper stuff. Previous to this, some prideful, or harried person decided to not inspect BP, so Halliburton was able to slip in nonsense.
I grew up on the Gulf, and had to avoid the beaches for years after an oil spill. I knew then that we had the equipment to not have that happening. We still do. And why DIDN'T the Gulf states all have enough boom-barrier to line their shores as-needed? Why did the Governors have to order it in? Who's minding the store???? Why is the hen house filled with wolves??? We can live as intelligent beings, or as animals in caves.
And why isn't the newer, sheet-metal-looking solar stuff available everywhere? It is much more hardy--weather-wise, and more reliable, and less heavy, and on-and-on, and I CANNOT find it, stupid "stimulus" nonsense!!!
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THANK YOU FOR SHARING! I'll pass on your link. I went with some friends to our state capitol yesterday to participate in the rally there. As one member of the majority, I must say, we really need to take back our America from those who refuse to shift gears to a new, clean economy!
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