STAR DATE 53474.64.2 EARTH SECTOR 5
4.5 Billion years of geologic history on planet Earth has produced an interesting branch of the evolutionary tree of life called homo-sapiens. This warlike, tool using bi-pedal creature possesses five key senses with which to understand their world, and rudimentary reasoning powers that allow for occasional altruistic thoughts and behaviors, and some limited discoveries of scientific nature.
The very short life span of these creatures often causes confusion about events that occur on an epochal scale. For example, their own study of the planets fossil records has shown Earth has alternately undergone comparative hot-house conditions, and has often been locked in ice. Yet, the commonly held belief by short lived homo-sapiens is that their planet’s climate and environment should, at all times remain in a steady-state.
Homo sapiens as a species often view themselves as the center of their perceived universe, though in recent centuries scientific knowledge has made some inroads on these perceptions. Most of the current population on the planet, however, still clings to beliefs that are contrary to known facts or that are not provable with scientific methods.
The religion of Global Warming, for example, is a widely held belief that CO2 emissions (the result of burning complex hydro-carbon deposits know as fossil fuels) are somehow heating the planet. While there is much correlative and anecdotal “evidence” that has been produced to support this belief, no “causative evidence” has been as yet produced that proves Global Warming is caused by a rise in atmospheric CO2 levels.
In a recent visit to this planet, we found it exceedingly difficult to reason with one thousand test subjects that currently adhere to the Global Warming faith. Showing these subjects their own science that proves CO2 levels were much lower in their planets Mesozoic era, while Oxygen levels were higher was uniformly met with a glazed look of incomprehension. Pointing out the logical dissonance that their planet was once much warmer during the Mesozoic period (in spite of much lower CO2 levels) does not fundamentally change beliefs that rising CO2 levels somehow cause warming of their planets climate. [Note: the level of overall percentage increase driving this CO2 warming faith is in the hundredths of a percent range!] Even when explaining rudiments of the planetary gaseous balancing relationship between plants and animals to these subjects does nothing to sway beliefs that their planet's climate is somehow in imminent danger from waste products related to the burning the remainder of their fossil fuel reserves over the next 100 years.
We did note some widespread limited comprehension among test subjects when speaking slowly and telling them “you and other animals use Oxygen, and exhale Carbon Dioxide, while plants use Carbon Dioxide and exhale Oxygen - does this suggest anything to you?”. We found, however, that only 3 out of our selected 1000 Global Warming religious subjects were prepared to question their faith in Global Warming at this point in our tests.
Our conclusion is that it is unsafe to visit planet Earth at this time due to a lack of critical thought processes within an overwhelming majority of the planet's dominant species. This assessment will remain in place until overall intelligence and scientific reasoning progress to a point that unproven faiths such as Global Warming no longer exist among Homo sapiens on a widespread basis. An automated outpost will be left on this planets moon to monitor media publications for signs of intelligence. Any widespread mention by this planets media that the star in this planetary system is variable in energy output, or that climate changes have happened independent of the acquisition of fire by humans will automatically trigger a another assessment.
Until further notice, Do Not Visit Earth for any reason.
XZorg5, Field Supervisor, Sector 5
First Contact Bureau SSN (Sentient Species Network)