That is what I am getting at. There is no slowing it down now. It is past that point. It has hit terminal velocity with enough extra to keep it going for a while. There would have to be a massive dissipation of the Global Warming Gasses (GWG) NOW to even slow it down a wee bit in the next ten years. But all the plans are to reduce the GWG output by only a small percent in the next 50 years. :roll:
You'll get no arguement about that from me. But every bit does make an impact, even if it is a fraction of a milisecond longer in difference, it's still a difference, and it does add up if enough people make little changes. But, besides all that... Global Warming isn't even my biggest environmental concern. Toxic pollution is a far more pressing issue to me than global warming is anyway.
I grew up fishing, and when I was a kid, there wasn't any fish from any water around that was too polluted to eat. But today, there's only one lake left near me that's safe to consume any fish from at all. Mercury from the coal power plants has so polluted every other waterway around here that it's no longer safe to eat any of the fish from them, not even the bluegill. I would like to take my son fishing when he's old enough, and I would like to be able to fry up the first fish he catches. But by the time he's old enough to take fishing, that might not even be an option. That might not be a problem for someone like Rush who can just fly to some lake in a remote part of the world that hasn't yet been polluted, but it's a big problem for anyone that can't afford to jet off to another part of the world whenever they want to go fishing.
Then there's the other big one for me... pesticides and herbicides. They are wiping out not only the pests, but our bees. While on the one hand, the fewer the bees, the more valuable my bees become, but on the other hand, I could just as easily suffer losses from them. Also the loss of pollinators is making everyone's food more expensive. That's not even mentioning their effect on our health. They aren't much better for us than the pests they kill, and many of them are absorbed into the food being grown, and/or don't get washed off. While I do understand the farmer's need to maximize yield, I also think there are much better ways to do that than by killing our bees and giving us a mouthful of toxic chemicals.
Of course, saving money isn't a bad cause either. Last year we decided to spend an extra $30 a month on home improvements and whatnot that would save us money on our electric or water/sewage bills. Last month I saved $101.03 over last year on the electric bill, and $5 on the water/sewage bills. The month before that we saved roughly $97 over that month's bill the previous year. Even if I completely stopped putting anything else into it, we'd continue saving a hundred bucks a month, and I have to say, the house is a lot more comfortable too. Some people might have you believe that environmentalism is all about buying carbon credits... but that's like saying that just because there are a few back alley cosmetic surgeons in the world, that all doctors must be crackpots that will kill you. No group of people is immune from having scammers, and as people we have to use our brains and not be foolish anytime, but especially where money is involved. This last year while people were losing their savings, I was busy investing in things that would save me money and I'm already realizing a threefold return on my investments. I really recommend going the same route. It's better for the pocketbook, it's better for my standard of living, and it's better for the environment.