ha ha it is the same issue oil and water. The issue is that we choose to ignore it because of the dollars involved.
I think there is a remote chance that the climate isn't changing because of our overuse of fossil fuels, after all the evidence is quite compelling. But think guys, even if they know about it, they would choose to keep their economy afloat rather than close what oil reserves are left. It's not so long ago that Communism was a serious threat to Them that they would risk the Collapse that would come if the Oil market was pulled from underneath it.
In the end we are just animals who have dominated and overpopulated our environment and have proceeded to destroy it- just like any other animal would have done.
It's no myth that the Polar ices are melting and the Oceans are rising. The Australian population is mostly coastal but we choose to ignore it and hope it goes away.
It's also no myth that our continent is a desert one as you have already said. And even facing this long term drought our governments still play their games of politics and only do enough to get them elected next year. Any bushie who isn't connected to the mains water knows how to conserve water, but even facing possible disaster Melbourne just continues to chew up the water coming to it from the rest of Victoria. Every building in Melbourne should have a watertank on it, not just the houses that the councils and governments choose to reimburse for it. Not one toilet should be flushed using precious water from the drought ridden countryside. But life goes on and we can still water our gardens between 6 and 8am every morning.
Every building should also have solar panels and solar heating coils too at the very least. But our collective minds don't work that way. If everyone created their own electricity who would get rich from our use of it?
And Troy don't be shy to have a rant because someone else has too, all our opinions are as worthwhile as each others.
In fact I think common sense tends to end at the individual, put people together and the bigger the numbers often the less sense is made!
Andrew's 2 cents. Or 1.6 cents with inflation.