Who’s to Blame for Global Warming?

A common issue nowadays is understandably global warming, with the big question being are we, or are we not guilty of causing the warming of the planet?  While no expert on the subject, with my science background (physics) and being a longtime reader of Scientific American, my own feeling is this: global warming is inevitable…

…BUT we can certainly aggravate the process by emitting carbon dioxide (or whatever) and doing whatever bad acts result in global warming.

Thus, my conclusion is that it is useless to curtail everything in order to stop global warming. It’s going to happen. It’s a natural cycle.  But, on the other hand, it doesn’t help to act to aggravate it.  An analogy?  Eventually we are all doomed to die, but it is our responsibility to live well in the meantime, and to prolong our lifetimes in REASONABLE manners.  To act as though we can live eternally by doing everything perfectly is delusional.  Likewise, to reduce emissions to zero and take other acts that harm our lifestyles is delusional.

Have a great week,

Michael Emerald, CFA

Wall Street analyst and owner, Performance Business Design

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