How could man not be causing global warming? Think about these man-caused environmental disasters: the huge maritime shipping garbage dump floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the decimation of the Amazon Rain Forest, once called the lungs of the earth, the 4 million barrels of suffocating oil settled at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico since the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Toxic red algae blooms along Florida’s coast could be a symptom of the Gulf trying to expunge that noxious slime. Think about the Chinese wearing face masks to protect themselves from the carbon monoxide fumes being spewed out by their many coal-fired plants. Think about the huge amounts of carbon monoxide being pumped into the earth’s atmosphere every second of every day by countless fossil-fuel-burning systems, from six miles in the sky to below the surface of the earth’s waters.
Pascal's Wager -- named for famed mathematician, inventor and theologian Blaise Pascal -- is applicable here. He wrote: "God is or he is not. At the far end of an infinite distance a coin is being spun which will come down heads or tails. How will you wager? You must wager. It is not optional. There is an infinitely happy life to gain, and a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. It is no use saying that whether we gain is uncertain, while what we risk is certain."
His argument is that the reward for believing in God is infinite while the few worldly pleasures we surrender for that belief are finite.
Apply the philosophy of Pascal’s Wager to the global warming argument. What have we got to lose by believing that humans are causing climate change versus not believing it? Think about it.
David J. Bauer, Lincoln