Note to Sarah Palin: The Cause of Global Warming Does Matter

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Is this really an improvement on saying that global warming is not man-made? In an interview with CBS' Katie Couric on Tuesday night, Republican nominee for vice-president Sarah Palin clarified her position on global warming a little bit. When she was initially nominated a number of sources seized upon previous statements she made that global warming was not man-made. Since then she has back off on that position, telling Couric that "It kind of doesn't matter." Here's more of what she said,
Palin told Couric that while global warming is "real", but added that it "kind of doesn't matter" whether humans are to blame for it. She acknowledged that human activity has "contributed to the issues that we're dealing with now, with these impacts [on the earth's climate]", but went on to say,

I'm not going to solely blame all of man's activities on changes in climate because the world's weather patterns are cyclical, and over history we have seen changes there.

But it kind of doesn't matter at this point in the debate what caused it. The point is that it's real, we need to do something about it. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Something Does Have to Be Done
At least she acknowledges that something has to be done about global warming. And this is why its 100 percent crucial to also acknowledge that very nearly a unanimity of climate change scientists say that increases in CO2 in the atmosphere seen since the industrial revolution are directly caused by human activity and are the cause of global warming. This has direct implications for how we address the issue.

That's Why the Cause of Global Warming is a Fundamental Concern
If global warming is only part of a greater climatic fluctuation, perhaps partially influenced by human activity, then there is less need to address human-caused carbon emissions. Mitigation of the effects on people's lives would be primarily important, but changes to development and fuel use patterns less important.

However, if (again, as nearly every single climate change scientist believes is the case) current and future increases in temperature are the result of human activity then the first course of action is to change these activities to minimize and/or eliminate releasing additional greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Mitigation of the effects of climate change are still important, but changes in industrial and social practices have to come first and fast.

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