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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Regarding that story from the other day about humans having started global warming 5,000 years ago

This has been picking at my brain ever since I read about this study:
Global warming didn't start with the industrial revolution, but began 5,000 to 8,000 years ago with large-scale agriculture in Asia and extensive deforestation in Europe, according to new research by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists.
We on the Right often refer to Global Warming as a Lefty religion of sorts. They have faith in global warming. Faith that humans – and the U.S. in particular – are ruining the planet with our industry and our consumption and our incessant demand for G.I. Joes with the Kung Fu Grip.

Now, as the study suggests, we find that humans were enviro-cidal sons of bee-atches something like five millennia ago.

I can't help it: this reminds me of those hard-core Christian literalists who think the Earth is only a few thousand (or whatever it is) years old. That, if true, would mean Original Sin – Adam and Eve biting into that apple* – occurred at right around the same time that humans were starting to farm – the Original Sin of extreme environmentalism.

Extreme environmentalists. Christian literalists. Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?

* And we still haven't learned our lesson about fruits and vegetables!