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So, I was having a conversation with another editor about what I should write about for my column

So, I was having a conversation with another editor about what I should write about for my column.

I figured I’d alienated enough people with my political and religious views. What else could I possibly write about to keep stirring the pot?

For some reason, maybe the ridiculous swings of weather we’ve experienced this winter, I started a discussion of our impending doom from global warming, and how if we didn’t shine on our brothers, and everybody didn’t come together and try to love one another right now, we’d die.

I assumed I could just throw my stance out on global warming and she would wholeheartedly agree with me. But, my effing jaw dropped when she smirked and said, “Global warming isn’t real.”

This editor, whom I thought I could trust to go along with damn near all my crazy liberal commie, pinko, nutjob ideas had naysayed. How dare her?

“It isn’t real?”

My ass, it isn’t real.

After the initial shock wore off, and a heightened discussion of the issue, including her own investigative reporting, I realized that what she was saying wasn’t necessarily disagreeing with me. I realized that there was a consensus we could come to. I realized that I may have been somewhat, partially, but in no way completely, wrong.

People who argue that the Earth constantly goes through warming and freezing cycles are probably right. However, people who argue that the human race isn’t contributing to global warming and rely on the argument that global warming is natural as a defense are oblivious to the damage we’re doing to our planet.

If we begin researching and find the means necessary to produce more environmentally friendly cars to help reduce human impact on the environment, we can begin to slow the process of “global warming” down.

However, since I’m speaking of a utopian land, I promise to send said editor a postcard from the moon and tell her about how I’m riding around with Peter Pan in my peanut butter powered car.

The truth is, whether you believe in global warming or not, we are destroying the environment, and that’s something we can all agree on. We should take it upon ourselves to try to push for legislation to protect the environment instead of arguing about the scientific technicalities.

So, if the world is currently going through a natural phase of global warming, that’s fantastic. That’s grand. But we can do something to prevent it. Polar ice caps melting, water levels rising; we all saw how awesome “Waterworld” turned out. Man, that movie sucked.

Imagine that as reality. No more partying in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Surely, that’s reason enough to start recycling, or carpooling and being more energy efficient.

 

Richard Sisson is a senior journalism and political science major from Calhoun, and serves as a news editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to rgs008@latech.edu.


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