OK, this is something that I find myself frequently saying in short form, so I decided to just write it down and post it here so that I can point people to it in the future.
When people are discussing global warming, I feel like a lot of people, particularly everyday folks who are ambivalent or apathetic on the matter, are getting lost in all the details. And politicians, particularly those that are against doing anything about global warming, seem to jump straight to attacking or supporting specific measures, and forget that those measures are means, not the ends themselves.
But before we can even get to the details, we need to see the big picture. I mean the really big picture: global warming either is or is not occurring, and we either are or are not going to do something about it.