A few qoutes off a scientist (research physicist John W. Brosnahan, who develops remote-sensing instruments for atmospheric science for clients including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.)
“I have not seen any sort of definitive, scientific link to man-made carbon dioxide as the root cause of the current global warming, only incomplete computer models that suggest that this might be the case.”
“Even though these computer climate models do not properly handle a number of important factors, including the role of precipitation as a temperature regulator, they are being (mis-)used to force a political agenda upon the U.S.,” he continued. “While there are any number of reasons to reduce carbon dioxide generation, to base any major fiscal policy on the role of carbon dioxide in climate change would be inappropriate and imprudent at best and potentially disastrous economic folly at the worst.”
Nevertheless, my opinions on Climate Change (global warming) are strong. I guess it helps in being a informed person; knowing both takes from global warming advocates and agnostics alike only makes your opinions on climate change stronger (I for one would vote on cutting down on emissions and am pro global-warming-is-caused-by-SUVs bandwagon).
Over years we have bickered over the tragedy of the commons; this time around, Kyoto addresses it (or at least tries to). Even if the issue of Climate Change (global warming) does fizzle out (like Bush’s WMDs), in the long term a lot of third world countries will benefit courtesy Kyoto and its Clean Development and Emission trading Mechanisms.
Albeit cutting down on your emissions hurts your pockets, it secures a common future for everybody.