I agree completely...that was the point of my post as well. It is not a left/right-black/white issue. Seems like a lot of people debating this issue make their political leanings very obvious and it really has nothing to do with the issue. I will be the first to admit that I should be more educated myself on this subject and that's why for the most part I have stayed away from this thread and the one that was around earlier regarding the same subject. However, since I currently do not have the to read every piece of research ever published on this subject and I am assuming most people on this forum are in the same boat unless you do it for a living, really all we have to offer to the debate is open minds and logical/rational thought processes. In my mind, the fact that there are 7 billion of us in the world, means we are most likely having some sort of "unnatural' effect on the climate. Who knows though- I could be wrong. I am not an expert but for now I'll be cautious because I'd rather be safe than sorry. I simply do not see how any person can say global warming absolutely is or is not human caused....that's why there is a debate. However, all the Gore/Limbaugh/Prius comments sprinkled thoughout this thread shows where most folks get their info on this subject and that's a bit scary in my mind. As far as your comment about educating myself about emmisions trading, lawyers lining up to sue the U.S., etc. Again, it's obvious that this would be occuring. Parasites look for opportunity and they jump on it. However, just because parasites are lining up to take advantage of a situation doesn't mean the situation doesn't exist. Those asses are a whole different issue completely.