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Is the planet really warming up?
September 27, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
Who's responsible for global warming? And is the planet really even heating up?
A U.N. climate group came out with a report this week that reasserts that scientists are 95 percent certain that mankind is to blame for global warming, largely due to man-made carbon dioxide emissions.
On the other hand, the report also has to acknowledge that the average temperature on the planet actually hasn't increased since 1998, though that has been attributed to a short-term trend.
I'm not sure the scientists are all in unanimous agreement, either. Professor Anastasios Tsonis, of the University of Wisconsin, was quoted earlier this month in an article in The Daily Telegraph stating precisely the opposite: "We are already in a cooling trend, which I think will continue for the next 15 years at least. There is no doubt the warming of the 1980s and 1990s has stopped."
Global warming theory already affects our everyday lives in various ways. It is probably one of the reasons we see so many wind turbines lining the roadways everywhere these days in North Dakota, for instance.
In the long term, a policy in response to global warming could impact nation's energy policy and perhaps lead to an increase in gas prices or the electric bill, or affect the ongoing oil boom. I don't particularly want to pay more out of pocket if all of this is unnecessary. But, of course, if the scientists are right, the very future of the planet is at stake.
What do you make of the global warming controversy?
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