Reframing Global Warming: Is the Environment Invincible?

The whole “global warming debate” is really a debate over the results of pollution on a planetary scale.  If we reframe the debate in terms of pollution itself, we bring the discussion back the basics.  Is the Earth invincible?  Do the massive amounts of noxious gases released into the atmosphere and toxic chemicals dumped into our water supplies have an effect on the environment?  Do they have an effect on our health?

This is a simple argument to make.  And it is one big business and anti-environment conservatives cannot answer.

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6 Responses

  1. Asking whether the environment can sustain infinite toxicity is of absolutely no relevance to the question of whether it can sustain X amount of toxins.

    X implies there is an amount that can be quantified and experimented with, a value that one can derive falsifiable theories off of. Infinite toxins cannot be quantified or tested and a theory of the influence of infinite toxins can produce no scientific falsifiable theory.

    Neither conservatives or liberals or anarchists could answer to the effects of infinite toxins because the very question itself is an absurdity.

  2. Who is talking about infinite toxins, johnny straw man?

    The question is, do pollutants harm us and the environment, or do they have no effect at all? Liberals have an answer to that question, the right one: “Yes of course they have a harmful effect!”

  3. Who is talking about infinite toxins, johnny straw man?

    The question is, do pollutants harm us and the environment, or do they have no effect at all? Liberals have an answer to that question, the right one: “Yes of course they have a harmful effect!”

  4. Dude republicans are idiots on this issue, dont even bother trying to convince them, because even if global warming was this big scam they claim it to be, not polluting the earth would still be better than polluting it.

  5. brian,

    not polluting the earth would still be better than polluting it

    Exactly! And I think discussing the issue in this way will convince some Republicans, and help move centrists closer to the threshold for meaningful action.

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