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Wasn't this about buying a boat (and then spending enough money to qualify for yacht status)? Though a good tangent for all to consider, not just sailors who save energy by moving about using petroleum based hulls and sails ;-)
That said, whether one agrees with the issue of global warming and its roots in our society or not, a decrease in the production of 'greenhouse' gases is not a bad thing. Cleaner air, more efficient energy, less focus on fuel supply, etc. Even to a complete naysayer to science, the benefits are not all that bad.
An interesting note: A study recently published in Science (or was it nature?) did a review of ALL scientific papers that focusing on global warming published in the last 10 (#?) years and newspaper articles focusing on the same (big names like NYT, WP, etc.). They took a random sample of 1000 reserach papers and found that ALL supported the hypotesis that global warming is caused by the release of 'greenhouse' gases. Then they took a random sample of newspeper articles and found that nearly half presented the idea that global warming may not be caused by human actions. And I wonder which papers have a larger readership?
The weather is changing. Why? Many reasons, but it IS changing.
So go buy a boat, make it a yacht and sail to where the weather suits you :-)