Plus, we simply don't know if the human race will die off because of the climate. To say that we must act because we'll all die if we don't is nothing more than sensationalism. No hard evidence supports that.
There's also no evidence that says it won't.
Admitedly, humans are adaptable... but there's only so much our biological adaptability will take us as far as surviving a hypothetically increasingly-hostile environment. Our technological adaptability will cover the rest... but since we are, as a whole, a capitalist species, that technology will come at a cost. That cost will have to be paid. Who will pay that cost? and what strings might they deem desirable to attach to paying that cost?
This is a flavor of Newton's Paradox writ large. Humanity MAY or MAY NOT become extinct from climate change in the future.
o If we MAY, and we DO NOTHING, then we perish as a species.
o If we MAY NOT and we DO NOTHING, then we survive anyway (and a bunch of people eventually eat crow.)
o If we MAY and we DO SOMETHING, then we (might) survive.
o If we MAY NOT and DO SOMETHING, then we survive anyway.
Seems to me that if we do something, we (might) survive (or at least our chances of survival increase.) While if we do nothing, we've a 50-50 chance of going the way of the dinosaurs based on the premise that we know jack shyte about what climate change is capable of doing to us as a species. It kind of boils down to... how badly do we want to gamble with the species?
Hell, speaking of paradoxes, for all we know global climate change might be one of the factors of Fermi's Paradox.
Using Steam is renting not buying.
No, it's more like selling the gamer a DVD. If the DVD gets broken, I can crack the game.
If Steam dies, Gabe Newell wrote that they've tested deactivating Steam authentication, and it works. They can free every Steam game I own before they go under. If they choose not to, I only need to install one crack to free all the games I bought from Steam.
That relying on China so much mightn't be such a wise move is irrelevant.
That they killed a bunch of their own people is not at all similar to bin Laden killing a bunch of our people. Sure it is to the people who did the dieing, but being attacked is very different from internal conflicts elsewhere that really don't effect us much (as cold and uncaring s that is).
American troops killed American protesters 40 years ago to (and yes a completely different situation in scale, level of authority, consequences, etc) should no one have traded with America after that?
And who says I wasn't saying that Germany and Japan turned around and traded with the US after the US had blown up large numbers of their countrymen?
Pascal is not a high-level language. -- Steven Feiner