First: "Oil & water"
http://www.npr.org/2011/11/30/142895926 ... m-politics
On Wednesday, Ruch's group is testing some of the government's new protections by filing a complaint with the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, it was the first government agency to set up a new system for protecting science.
Ruch's complaint alleges that federal officials with the Bureau of Land Management hired researchers to do a major review of all the different environmental impacts on a half-dozen regions in the Western U. S., but directed the scientists to exclude livestock grazing from the analysis.
Government officials said they didn't include livestock grazing in the review because they didn't have the appropriate data. But Ruch doesn't buy it. He says livestock grazing on public land is a touchy subject because any restrictions would affect ranchers.
The problems range from who gets grant money, all the way to what is allowed to be reported. The politics of gerrymandering science is nothing new. It reminds us of the dark ages all too much and yes, even the alarmist science, done to bring all eyes to the news.
As Muddy Fox and Al Hakim take note: so much is being done to stop scientific progress it is staggering. We all know the technology for alternative fuels and methods of transportation have been around for decades, yet no grant money is given to further these goals and if anything is given a possible chance and runs into problems it is smeared all over the news as a scam. The resulting Lazy attitude is hard to avoid when we all know very well what is going on between big buisness and politics. I find we all feel like giving up when we know full well the big oil industries will lord over all, at least until they have squandered every drop of oil and more....
Overpopulation is a by-product of the oil-age. Industrial revolution driven, our conquest of the earth and what would never have been possible is all driven by oil and without oil the ability to provide food for the existing population would be impossible.
It would require a complete redistribution of farms, food transport and more to even begin to deal with what we face now. If science does not provide a real solution very soon, then hard work is the only answer. Kind of going back to the early days, small town and locavore methods.
So in keeping with the A or B type thinking, It is really not just a choice by the person, as much as it is forced on us to say "Yes we know global warming is a fact, but so what?" Mostly because we all know full well we fail to make politics work from the ground up. That is in many ways our own fault. Yes there are many who are hard working, driving forces for the good. But we (1%) and they are far too few compared to the vast LAZY majority... Do they call it 99%?