This was my reply to a commenter in my previous thread on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Climate change is already happening in the North. The Canadian (and Alaskan) Inuit population is perhaps the best resource for proof of this. They have the oral and written history of their elders, and thousands of years of hunting practices. They are seeing plants and animals in places that they have not been before. They notice the change in patterns of animals.
It seems to me that we’ve already disturbed the global climate, and now we’re just going to have to watch what happens. The more immediate concern is oil because our current civilization is completely and utterly based on it.
If we don’t figure something else out… then the smoke stacks and car exhaust will stop infecting our earth and changing our climate, not because we proactively made it so, but rather because we had no Plan B.. and the resulting human catastrophe will have naturally culled our species to a more globally manageable level.
Humans are the most intelligent beings on this Earth… our success has rested on our ability to stay one step ahead of Natures ability to determine our fate. We can hear Mother Natures’ footsteps now… their approach is steady… yet inevitable. If we cannot once again leap out ahead of Her then she will overtake us and She will determine our future for us.