I too have some scepticism about the more alarmist edges of the global warming industry; I suspect our marvellous planet is rather more resilient that we give it credit for apart from anything else. However, I do find some of the anti-global warming ranting quite amusing. There is often an under-current of "well that's all cobblers then, so let's carry on using up our natural resources as fast as we can without worrying about it".
In practice, most proposals for reining in climate change are often (a) patently obviously good and sensible ideas regardless and (b) money saving for both businesses and individuals. Even if you accept that climate change is not caused by man (a big ask), why does it NOT make sense to:
- reduce our bizarre obsession with burning oil - because it WILL run out eventually, it being a finite resource, contrary to what some Americans seems to think, and being resourceful human beings we can find a better way if we try
- reduce nasty emissions from industry - it promotes innovation, generates economic activity and makes the world a nicer place to be
- reduce unnecessary energy use - turning off lights, not leaving things on stand-by and so on is hardly an imposition AND ACTUALLY SAVES YOU MONEY!
- recycle - even if recycling is not always cost effective, burying squillions of tonnes of rubbish without any thought to the future is thick, full stop, due to a lack of suitable holes in the ground
As an example, charging for or taxing plastic carrier bags is such a no-brainer it staggers me that it needs to be debated. Remembering to take a few bags to the supermarket requires as near zero effort as makes no difference, and there are no downsides.
In summary, it may turn out that the climate change panic is overdone - but most of the mitigation being suggested is entirely sensible and worth doing regardless.
And if we aren't 100% sure that it's not true, what sort of dribbling moron would take a chance with the future of our entire planet and race anyway?