Dear Hanzee, Kim, All,
Some people criticize oil and gas industry, and yet they use the technological conveniences brought by those very same technologies.
I wonder how people would get to work riding in a bicycle in a -20 temperature. When you travel to distant places on other continents, most likely you are using a jet plane. When you go to the supermarket to buy your food, I bet that in most cases the food was brought there by a truck (burning diesel or gasoline). Most of us used a car or a bus to get to the supermarket to buy groceries. Another usage of this carbon based technology.
The plastic bags in which you carry your food, or plastic bottles for water, or even most of the stuff you wear, was made or delivered to you or shops in dependence on the technologies that some demonize.
I would like GW to be the case. It is cold in Canada. It is much harder to survive in a cold climate rather in than in warm climate. Try to be without power when it is freezing outside vs when it is hot outside. Former is dangerous, the latter is just inconvenient.
RE: Original post.
Today's changing weather is NOT extreme if we examine the history of the planet. There have been very hot and cold climates as now. The natural cataclysms existed long before Homo Sapients. Ice has been growing and melting long before us. To be strict, it seems that the planet spend more time in the hot phases and today we live in one of the coldest periods that the Earth has had in its 4.5 billion history. Greenland has an arctic climate now, it used to grow palm trees (it had hot climate) in fairly recent epoch. So warming up of the Earth would more likely be nature reverting to a normal, more warm climate. Nothing to raise fear about if the rise in temperature is the return to normal temperature that was for millions of years. I surely hope that this is the case that Earth is warming, and not a blip before us going into another ice age where there is 1 mile of ice over New York and many other cities in Northern Hemisphere. That, global cooling, would be much more worse than global warming.
"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."