More troubling is the fact that more than one scientist who supports the claim of catastrophe has calculated that even if we shut off every facet of our technology that produces carbon emissions, carbon levels will continue to rise for another century, and a meaningful change in greenhouse gas levels would not happen within the next 500 years.
Anyone attempting to point out the fallacies or debate the accuracy of data can count on being rabidly attacked by online communities and discounted by celebrities who mouth the dogma of climate change responsibility and activism while they publish photos, video, and interviews, fly from coast to coast or across the oceans, update their Facebook ethics, tweet, and participate in sports and gatherings, conventions and careers whose impact on the planet matches that of some small countries.
And remember that, in the age of space exploration, no one seemed very worried or excited that yet another hypoxic athlete had scaled or skied off of yet another frozen chunk somewhere in the Himalaya or the Karakoram, sailed across the ocean faster than the other millionaires, or got killed jumping off of a cliff in a squirrel suit. Fame is a much greater addiction that fossil fuel, and sponsors don't like playing second fiddle to national survival and programs on which they cannot cash in.
No, I am not an intellectual elitist- we need every one of those positions, waitresses and tattoo artists, carpenters and landscapers as well as engineers and scientists and explorers. It has always been the dreams and sweat and sacrifice of the people “on the street” that have inspired and driven the engine of mankind’s greatest accomplishments, and it always will be those dreams that carry us through the darkness.