I'm a card-carrying Sierra Club member and ride the light rail to work, so you can probably guess how I lean on environmental issues, but even I agree that some of the global warming people are too strident and narrow-minded in their beliefs. It's beyond science and has become a fanatical religion for some of them. Here's some excerpts from an e-mail from a professor from a mailing list that has nothing to even do with the environment or global warming, but he felt compelled to express his views on the topic anyway:
On the other hand, non-green buildings are the single largest
contributor to carbon emissions causing global warming and the
depletion of fossil fuels that there is. If we do not correct this
problem, and we needed to start 20 years ago so we're a bit behind,
we've got much, much, much bigger problems than not having the best
schools. We need to be trying to make every single new building the
lowest carbon emission, most energy efficient buildings we can.
I believe the primary concern all building designsin must be carbon
and energy footprint first, occupant performance second. Well
designed buildings can provide both. Most buildings provide either
one or the other. Bad buildings provide neither.
The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) showed that the rate of warming is increasing even more than
predicted. We need to be doing even more to reduce the carbon
footprint and energy use in buildings than we already are.
The sky is burning people. Look up and open your eyes.