I am one that has always had a big problem with global warming theories and more so rhetoric especially since it became popular through an Al Gore mockumentary.
Its not that I don’t believe that the world is warming or that we are doing excess harm to the environment but that the masses in general do not link economics to the importance of human beings and how economics plays just as important role in our lives as health, family, social relations, food, shelter, politics etc.
If there was this understanding, then I believe we could have the intelligent conversation, NOT about turning off the lights but becoming more efficient with the lights we use. Not about eliminating oil but about maximizing our use of it. Working in harmony with the environment to achieve our human goals and desires. (and I don’t mean to exclude newer forms of energy under that pretense that even renewable energy comes at a cost).
To summarize, I feel that before we get into a conversation about global warming, we need to come to a conclusion or agreement that yes we as humans NEED energy (no matter what the form) and that the cost of energy has some consequences. With that thesis we can then go forward to shape our world as we go further.
My two cents.