Should the U.S. try to slow down global warming (yes), or just try to deal with its effects (no)?

  • Prevention is better then cure

    Yes we should try slow it down. Some effects global warming causes includes flooding, heatwaves, deserts, irregular weather patterns, hurricanes and more worldwide. Investing in things to slow down global warming will cost us less then trying to fix it many years later. Either way, if global warming is true or not, fossil fuels, the main source of global warming will run out one day. Investing in renewables and greener things will make the day those fuels run out better, as we wont need to rely on them anymore.

  • Slow it down

    Good to see our local copy and paste "contributor" to the right is doing well.

    Saying that changes in the earths climate are natural is a true statement, but how stupid do you have to be to not see that changes occurring this rapidly are not? It is more gradual than this when it's natural. This is far too condensed for it to not be something we are responsible for.

  • Yes, climate change should be slowed down.

    We should definitely try to slow down climate change. The result of letting it continue could be catastrophic for our earth. The U.S. Should definitely be part of this effort, since our industry makes up a significant chunk of the world's gas emissions. There is a lot we could be doing to help slow down and reverse any damage that is being done, and we should definitely focus at least some of our funding and effort on doing that!

  • Global warming and climate change need to be slowed down.

    If the world continues to ignore the effects of climate change and global warming we are guaranteed to have serious climate, health, food and survival issues. I'm in the midwest on April 19, it is snowing. Not a lot of snow, but still, it is snowing. This past summer we had had severe drought. Currently, along with the snow there are flood warnings. This extreme weather is because of increased carbons in the air, caused by how we live. WE are already dealing with the effects: crop shortages, natural disasters worldwide. We now need to make serious changes to stop and reverse the damage already done.

  • Global Warming is a natural process; it is not man-made; so it can't be stopped!

    The Earth has been going through natural warming and cooling periods for billions of years, which are caused by the earth orbit around the sun, and the rays from the sun. The earth's full cycle takes about 26,000 years and the earth's orbit cycle is about 100,000 years. During that 100,000 years the earth gets a few degrees warmer that it is today, and we have ice ages.

    You need to read up on the Milankovitch Cycles, which state that over a 41,000 the earth completes one cycle, but the earth has an erratic cycle, with a 100,000 year period.

    The earth has had 5 ice ages. We are currently in the last part of the last ice age because the ice sheets on Greenland and the antarctica have not completely melted, which is the normal state of the earth. The normal temperature of the earth is a few degrees higher than it is now.

    Everything you need to know about Earth's orbit and climate change
    What effect does Earth's orbit have on climate change? Is the Earth in a warming or cooling orbital phase? All your questions answered below.

    Climate science is complicated business, and understanding the extent to which climate change is man-made also requires an understanding of Earth's powerful natural cycles. One of those natural cycles involves Earth's orbit and its complicated dance with the sun.

    The first thing you need to know about Earth's orbit and its effect on climate change is that orbital phases occur over tens of thousands of years, so the only climate trends that orbital patterns might help explain are long-term ones.

    Not as simple as you might think
    Many people might be surprised to learn that Earth's orbit around the sun is much more complicated than the simple diagrams studied in childhood science classrooms. For instance, there are at least three major ways that Earth's orbit varies over the course of millennia: its eccentricity, its obliquity and its precession. Where the Earth is within each of these cycles has a significant effect on the amount of solar radiation — and thus, warmth — that the planet gets exposed to.

    Anyway, there is no way to stop the natural warming and cooling periods experience by the Earth that are cause by it 100,000 year orbit around the Sun. The earth has had much higher CO2 levels than we have now and the temperature has been higher; and the Greenland ice sheets and the Ice sheet on anartica will completely melt within the next 10,000 years and there is not a dang think the human race can do about it.

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