I've been hearing an interesting argument. Although some may argue the implications, this should not be a political issue. The issue is global warming. I saw Stanford Professor Steven Schneider on Bill Maher the other night, and he brought up some interesting points. First, he explained that hurricanes only happen during summer and fall- times when the water is warmer than usual. He said that warm water is the energy behind a hurricane. Last week, the temperature of the water in the gulf was about 2 degrees above normal, allowing Hurricane Katrina to maintain category 5 status until landfall. The warm water also led to a massive storm surge caused the immense destruction of the gulf coast. Professor Schneider explained that the increase in temperature could have been caused by our “use of the atmosphere as a dumpster for our fossil fuels.”
Now, let’s put this in perspective. Those of you who disagree, I did some research and it seems like there isn’t much hard evidence actually linking our pollution to the increase in temperature. However, it seems logical to me. So whether you believe the argument or not, can we agree that the issue should be explored? If anything, we should probably spend some time, and inherently some money, on studying the true effects of global warming.