To see the media reports, one would think that only crazy people don’t believe in man-made global warming; “everyone” thinks it’s true.
But to read this blog posted on the US Senate website, consensus among scientists is actually closer to a 50-50 split: http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=b35c36a3-802a-23ad-46ec-6880767e7966
And this website shows confusion among the scientific community, with four switches in opinion over the past hundred years – cooling, warming, cooling, warming: http://www.businessandmedia.org/specialreports/2006/fireandice/fireandice.asp
Perhaps in spite of Mr. Gore’s $100 million/yr. advertising budget and the media frenzy, cooler heads will prevail.
My view: regardless of the current “popular” rhetoric, I believe we have a responsibility to take care of the planet we have been given. This is not a radical environmentalist agenda – this is simple things like turning off the lights when you leave the room. Don’t waste electricity when not needed. Walk places when you can, or ride a bike. This article has some good ideas; I particularly like the incredibly practical concept seen at this website, which focuses on computer energy consumption when not in use. I have one even better: turn the computer off when you’re finished using it. Simple ideas; save money; take care of what you have been given.