Greenhouse superstitions (letter)by Ian W. AdieNews Weekly
, November 25, 2006
Real science (e.g., geology) tells us that tides and temperatures rose and fell for millennia, before Mother Earth bore herds of four-legged (good) creatures farting greenhouse gases, or two-legged (wicked) ones playing with fire.
There are other good arguments for sacrificing or punishing unreasonable burning of the fuels on which human life depends. But it smacks of superstition rather than science to preach that human action or inaction can do much to halt, or accelerate, the millennial minuet of tide and time - that is, to push around or placate "God or Nature", as the philosopher Spinoza put it.
We might as well follow our ancestors and sacrifice nubile virgins, if any can be found. But, in the past, that didn't work either.Ian W. Adie,
Mt. Eliza, Vic.