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Okay, question 1: What is cap and trade? If you answered a capitalistic measure of pollutants by emission trading, you are correct.

Question 2: Where lays the onus for cap and trade? Climate change, either warming or cooling, has been debated for decades now. Depending on where you stand on this issue, the burden of proof lies in consumerism via CO2. On the other hand, according to Joseph D’Aleo, co-founder of the Weather Channel and executive director of ICECAP (International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project), who stated in the 2009 Old Farmer’s Almanac that the US annual mean temperature has fluctuated for decades and has only risen 0.21° Fahrenheit since 1930. He goes on to say that this is caused by fluctuating solar activity levels and ocean temperatures and not carbon emissions. Mr. D’Aleo is not alone.

This unequivocally differs from the ongoing barrage of global warming issues, facts and myths. In essence, signatures from 31,487 scientists/physicists compiled from 1997 to 2007 with a new review incorporating research literature up to 2007 results in this overwhelming statement of the Global Warming Petition Project ( “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s climate.”

So… here is the dilemma. Let’s make a comparison: we have a scientifically proven environmental campaign that states that the Earth is not warming, and in fact, cooling by thousands of scientists with scientific data from around the world, or, the movie An Inconvenient Truth’s message by Al Gore, et al, that contains “many serious, incorrect claims which no informed, honest scientist could endorse”, as stated on the Petition Project’s website.

As easy as it sounds from both sides of global warming or cooling, it is still the environmental Rubik’s cube. The question remains, as consumers, what do we choose, how do we filter what we are told or what we read in order to come to a solution to our pollution? The answer could be, if we create a capitalist society built on consumerism and materialistic values, we could not choose, for if we did, it would be based on hypocrisy because we were made to consume and consuming we are, to the detriment of our home and ourselves.