Looking for ways to protect the environment

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 28, 2007

It looks like global warming will be one of the big issues that decides the 2008 presidential election, but it also might be the issue there is the most disagreement about.

Everyone agrees that formulating a policy concerning Iraq or our country’s health care situation are topics worth talking about, but there are plenty of people who say talking about or acting on climate change is a waste of time.

Some people think it should be as big a concern as the war in Iraq. Some think it doesn’t exist. Some think it does exist but merely as part of our planet’s natural climate pattern. Some could care less.

But whether you fall into the James Spann or the Al Gore camp, we should all be able to agree that we, as human beings, are harming our environment and we can all take small steps toward lessening this damage.

You might not think Los Angeles will be under water in 50 years, but you’ve got to think we’re heading down a dangerous path when you consider the amount of pollutants poured into the air each day.

On the other hand, you might think everyone should be traveling via magnetic train, but you’ve got to realize smaller steps are probably in order first.

It’s unfortunate that climate change has become such a politically polarizing issue because it should have presented an opportunity for a concerted change of lifestyle led by the world’s only superpower, the United States.

Instead, we can’t even agree on whether climate change is something that should be discussed.

Until the &uot;experts&uot; reach a consensus on whether global warming is happening, we’ll just have to take matters into our own hands.

That might not mean choosing a president whose first act will be the creation of the Department of Climate, but trying to reduce the negative effect we’re undoubtedly having on our environment seems like common sense. – The Clanton Advertiser