Originally Posted by Direckshun
That's entirely irrelevent to the issue of climate change.
A few points to make:
1. climate change is occurring. That is absolutely indisputable. What I understand to be somewhat in dispute, however, is the degree to which human activity is causing or contributing to the climate change.
2. The US, through a variety of factors (very few of which are attributable to governmental action, actually) is seeing its contribution to the climate change situation shrink year after year. We are, in short, becoming much, MUCH better at not contributing to this problem.
3. The developing world, however, is increasingly contributing to it. The problem is that it's hard for them to keep developing without increasing, rather dramatically, their carbon footprint. As I understand it, OUR carbon footprint is still massive -- probably the largest on earth for any country, but we're getting better. Many countries with very low/non-existent carbon footprints wish (not unreasonably) to have the same wealth etc. that we have, and therefore are dramatically growing their carbon footprint. Dealing with that issue is massively difficult, and not solely within our control.
4. As I said before, climate change IS happening. We are therefore far better off if we take steps NOW to deal with what is inevitable, rather than letting another Sandy wipe out major metropolitan areas. A huge percentage of the wealth, resources, and population of this country are along the two coasts, and we need to devote major attention to getting them ready, to the extent necessary, for a dramaticaly different climate. (I profess ignorance as to whether those along rivers would also need to adjust, but if so, let's do it).