On May 23, 1997, the Clinton administration proposed a treaty be signed into law imposing limits on the production of greenhouse gases, primarily CO2 (carbon dioxide). The treaty received many negative remarks due to the fact it was believed “putting off action until we have more evidence of human-caused global warming and better technology to mitigate it is both environmentally and economically sound.” Isn’t it amazing how 10 years can change the world?
The negative feedback for the treaty was based on four myths. Comparing these myths to today’s believes will certainly open your eyes to how far we have calm.
Myth #1: Scientists Agree the Earth is Warming.
1997- “Global satellite data, the most reliable of climate measurements, showed no evidence of warming during the past 18 years.”
2007 – Polar ice caps are diminishing quickly and hurricane strengths are stronger than ever due to warmer waters, caused by increasing temperatures related to global warming.
Myth #2: Humans are causing global warming.
1997 – “Scientists do not agree that humans discernibly influence global climate because the evidence supporting that theory is weak.”
2007 – Human use car emissions alone add more CO2 to the atmosphere than any other natural source. The inevitable cause of global warming is human neglect of the environment.
Myth #3: The government must act now to halt global warming.
1997 – “The belief underlying this myth is that the consequence of near-term inaction could be catastrophic and thus, prudence supports immediate government action.”
2007 – The only way to stop global warming from killing the earth and rendering it uninhabitable is by forcing car makers and humans to live a greener, more earth friendly lifestyles. The only way to achieve this is to restrict government action.
Myth #4: Human caused global warming will cause cataclysmic environmental problems.
1997 – “Reputable scientists, including those working on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), reject [the] beliefs [that] human caused global warming . . . is causing and will continue to cause all manner of environmental catastrophes.”
2007 – Human caused global warming is the sole, main reason for warmer climates and water leading to environmental catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and the extinction of many endangered species.
Looking back at the theories of 1997 versus the knowledge of today brings light to the fact we have grown a lot over the last 10 years. For the sake of our mother Earth, I hope the next 10 years is filled with as much growth.