People believe what they believe is what they say they believe, but I don't believe that.
I believe people what people believe by how they act.
What's the old saying? By their fruits ye show them.
It is a matter of action. It is a matter of commitment.
- J. B. Peterson
I have no problems with the concept that, as a result of human industrial activity over the last 200 years, our CO2 production is having a warming effect on the planet, and that the effects of this are more harmful than beneficial to humankind and the general ecosphere.
I do have a problem with those who make themselves overly obnoxious about it. It seems that there is a ever increase effort to ramp up the tone of the issue. If the rhetoric isn't scary enough, we will ramp up the rhetoric. If we aren't shouting enough, we need to get a bigger megaphone. If you aren't losing sleep over this issue, you should be. According to various American personalities of significant influence, the world will come to an end in twelve (no... eleven) (no... ten) years from now! It's time to repent of your sins. Almost as if by parody, the media will even take your climate change confessionals.
Except, I don't believe these people and their morbid secular religion, because I don't believe they ultimately believe it either.
First, the people who are most determined to save the world from complete destruction are the same people who want to address a whole host of other issues along the way. If we suddenly discovered a giant asteroid on a collision course with the planet in ten years, we wouldn't stop to spend piles of money to enact socialized medicine when we're too busy saving humanity.
Second, we know that the most proactive technology to reduce carbon emissions would be nuclear power. Nuclear power is easily the greenest, safest form of energy on the planet, with a safety record that beats out even solar energy. The people who are the most obnoxious about climate change are the same people who are often opposed to expanding nuclear energy. To prove nuclear power's effectiveness, look no further to France (the most aggresively pro-nuclear nation on the planet) and compare it to Germany (the most aggressively pro wind/solar nation on the planet). Not only do the French pay half as much for their electricity, but their carbon footprint is half that of Germany.
We can also throw in other technologies that have proven extremely effective in curbing carbon production. The development of fracking technologies in the early 2000's have greatly decreased the price of natural gas to the point of phasing out coal via the free markets. Who is opposed to fracking? The same people who are lighting their hair on fire about climate change.
Banning plastic straws or hamburgers will accomplish little-to-nothing to actually help the environment, other than annoying average everyday people who enjoy these things.
In short, I find the zeal behind the climate change hysteria shallow and hollow. I believe anthropogenic climate change is real, but I don't believe it is anywhere near as bad as the zealots claim. Deep breaths are in order.