Which Green Energy Source Is Responsible for Global Warming?

By Anthony Smith on August 9, 2012 2:05 PM EDT

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If you consider yourself to be in the know about politicized environmental issues, prepare for the floodgates of controversy to open. A recent study shows that we have another key player in the decade-spanning game of "What's Destroying Our Icecaps?"

Scientists at Washington State University now believe that our dams and reservoirs are releasing harrowing levels of harmful greenhouse gases and dangerously large amounts of methane into the air. They see a strong causal relationship between periods of drastic change in our water lines and a 20% spike in harmful gas emissions.

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"Reservoirs [and dams] have been typically look at as a green energy source. But their role in greenhouse gas emissions has been overlooked," an expert involved with the study went on the record as saying.

Though most acknowledge the rise in the planet's average temperature as an cold-hard (or in this case, white-hot) fact, the real issue here resides in who's to blame: man or nature. Is this just part of the earth's natural climate cycle, as we've seen before the Industrial Revolution, or do we have an affect on the change in our climate?

Scientists are continuing to hunt for an exponentially growing source of greenhouse gasses that aren't the by-product of human life and industry, in keeping with the recent discovery that huge forests of trees riddled with diseases may also be contributing to the dangerous change in climate by releasing large amounts of methane-- more than some say could ever be produced by a manmade source (barring outliers, of course).

So which do you think: that it's arrogant to think that humans can overcome nature, or that such feats happen all the time and future generations will have to pay the dire consequences?

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