“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”
Benjamin Franklin Wade
First I though Mr. Wade was a visionary, who predicted climate change in 1856: Pleasant temperatures and a soothing climate in heaven, or the opposite in hell, aka “hotter than hell”. The latter pretty much describes the direction we are currently heading.
Then I found out the above quote was Mr. Wade’s answer, when he was asked to provide an opinion on heaven and hell.
What’s to say about climate change? I believe climate change is real, meaning there is a trend of rising surface and water temperatures that coincides with industrialization and human population growth. There is no doubt in my mind. How about you?
The real questions are:
Is this rise in temperature relevant?
Is it caused or affected by humans?
Should we do something about it?
Can we do something about it?
It is easy to brush this topic aside and leave it up to the politicians to make decisions for us. We will not burn up within our generation, but it surly won’t be pleasant down here in the long run if the average temperatures keep going up.
Then what? Looking forward to good company in hell?
I am not sure Mr. Wade was all too serious with his statement.