In a piece about the Copenhagen talks, the Economist points out that “there are virtually no climate-change sceptics in China.” They mull over why this might be so, but don’t give any convincing reasons. I’ve never been to China, but hearing people talk about it, it seems like a place where pollution is so bad it’d be hard to accept the naive/cynical claim that human beings can’t change their environment. One friend told me of air which crunched in his teeth. This was not, he believed, due to “natural cycles” or anything like it, but was “anthropogenic.”
Most climate-change skeptics today live far from the chemical processes that make a high-energy lifestyle possible. But I bet the closer you live to these processes the more you’ll believe that our cumulative actions can cause impressive amounts of harm to the natural conditions of life.