Paleontologists, and anyone with an expert knowledge of the history of the earth and its inhabitants, know that the planet has undergone massive climatological change throughout its history. In addition to the relatively recent series of ice ages, there was a time when when the south pole had temperate forests.
My point is that there seems to be a large collection of scientists who understand that the earth has naturally undergone significant swings in climate. So, do these scientists regard the present day global warming with the same frenzy as, say, the media? Or do they simply shrug and say, “Well, you’re living on a dynamic planet. Things change.” Even if they concede that the current global warming is being caused by people (that is, the warming would not be happening if people didn’t exist), are there any such scientists who say that humans are a natural product of the earth and that, by extension, the global warming they produce is also a natural product of the earth?
I have no doubt that most regard the concept of global warming as a threat to the status quo of human existance. But given their knowledge of what the planet has endured over the last few billion years, do they see global warming as a threat to the planet itself, or merely as a threat to humankind’s comfortable living environment?
- Ol Peculiar