Global warming isn’t a myth

I wrote an editorial a few weeks ago about how global warming is real but there are still so many people who don’t believe it or simply don’t care.

Carbons and other gases that we are emitting into our atmosphere through factories and vehicles are suffocating our environment. Our ice caps and glaciers are melting at an accelerated rate (especially in the last decade) and if we don’t figure out a way to slow it down, the rising water could affect parts of New Orleans and Miami.

I’m not perfect; I drive a car, I don’t always recycle, and I’m not always environmentally conscious. But I do believe that if more people understood that what we do today will affect our children and grandchildren’s future, they would take it more seriously.

Unfortunately, it seems as though the majority of the world would rather ignore it than deal with it. Many people believe that China’s sudden industrial revolution is the cause of the increase in greenhouse gases, and they may add to it, but they are not the cause.

According to National Geographic, the U.S. has been emitting these gases for a longer period, making us the leader in gas emissions.

But at a time when we should be finding more cleaner ways to produce energy, we are still polluting the atmosphere, making it tougher to fight the effects of greenhouse gases and global warming.

What is our part is all this?

No one expects us to drop what we’re doing and go back to the caveman days. But we do need to be more conscious about how our actions affect the planet. We can recycle, ride a bike or bus to work (or car-pool), buy items that are more environmentally friendly, or buy reusable containers for water and drinks, reducing the need for plastic bottles.

We can also support programs that introduce cleaner energy, including wind, solar, and water power. Many people are concerned about using nuclear power, but if we could figure out a way to dispose of the waste, it could possible be the best kind of clean energy we have.

Global warming is real. It isn’t just an excuse used to scare people into taking care of the environment. If we don’t take care of the Earth now, we may not have to deal with the consequences, but our future generations will.

And if we don’t care, what is that teaching our children?

Nuclear energy a good alternative

Nuclear energy isn’t the monster that some people think it is. I heard a commercial today that bashed MidAmerican Energy for wanting to build another nuclear plant in Iowa. The commercial, which was sponsored by an organization called, “Friends of the Earth,” stated that nuclear energy was bad, and “Remember what happened in Japan?”

But the issue isn’t even about whether or not nuclear is bad, it’s about MidAmerican Energy wanting customers to pay for the new plant. And instead of sticking to that issue, their commercial seems to be using all the negative myths that nuclear energy is trying desperately to squash.

All types of energy has pros and cons, but it’s unfair for an organization to use scare tactics to try to sway the public into siding with them. If they were to tell the truth, they would also tell you that nuclear power is one of the safest, most efficient, and cleanest energies we have today, (according to the Department of  Energy) and the accident in Japan happened because an earthquake created a tsunami, which took out the electricity, which caused the water to stop flowing.

If the Japanese would have found a way to bring water into the plant, it would have saved the melt-down.

Building a nuclear plant on a shore fault line was probably where they made their first mistake.

One of the downfalls of nuclear energy is the constant battle to find a safe place to store the waste. But all types of energy has pros and cons. Is using gas, oil, or coal any better? Thousands of people die every year and the environment is suffering because of the effects of dirty energy.

In a perfect world, we would be using wind, water, or solar power to create our energy. But until we figure out how to do that effectively, maybe we should try work together to come up with a solution, and not use fear to try to sway people into seeing things our way.