Still for argument sake I thought it would be good to slip this in here.
As for our planet, we are her guests. Earth has only so much to offer us and after a few hundred years of sucking out and consuming everything as fast as possible, all the while getting ever more contemptuous and disconnected from our Earth’s physical realities, she's running out of what we need to survive. Our slow learning curve doesn’t mean a thing to how Earth reacts to what we have done to her. What we don’t know is certainly going to harm us.
Misrepresenting what scientists say likewise doesn’t change the facts. Choosing to ignore it doesn’t mean the changes aren’t continuing underfoot. Here I’m reminded of an excellent song worth sharing at this point. I’ve wanted to share it since first hearing it downtown Denver during the 2008 Democratic Convention. Their poetry does a pretty job of conveying a certain ugly reality about how things work in Washington DC and how oblivious most people are to it.
Do you know about the fantastical pageant of life, first in the oceans, then on land. Or how we can watch a developing human embryo and follow human’s evolutionary life stages from simplest early creatures through the stages of our distant reptilian and mammalian past, each having left its unique traits.
Do you understand that our atmosphere has a likewise fascinating evolutionary story. A story you need to truly appreciate before you can understand anything realistic about global warming induced climate change and what it means for this planet and the society that depends on her good health.
Here's a nice introduction to Earth's interwoven systems.