I just watched “An Inconvenient Truth”, the Al Gore movie on global warming.  First, I should state that I am a scientist and tend to lean slightly liberal in my thinking (at least socially, not fiscally – hmm, sounds like the new Democratic congress).  Nonetheless, I honestly do not know a single scientist who does not think that global warming is an issue (of course the press can find a few hack scientists out there willing to sell their souls – not unlike the hack scientists who claim creationism is a valid science).  In addition, it boggles my mind that anyone could think that there is not a buildup of carbon emissions due to humans and that this buildup won’t have some detrimental effects on the planet (whether or not you think global warming is occurring).  Since Mormons believe that we are stewards of the planet and all things on it, we should be particularly concerned about the effects of carbon emissions on the planet.  I would hate to have questions around my destruction of the planet come up at the judgement - I have enough other issues to deal with there.  My wife and I have tried to do little things like buy programmable thermostats and the new light bulbs to make our house more energy efficient, our next car will be a hybrid, and we unplug all appliances and electronics when they are not in use (Note – I realize minor steps, but every little bit helps).  However, I am perplexed by the blank stares I get in the Mormon community as it is not seen as an issue – perhaps it is due to the quasi-political nature – Mormons tend to be Republicans who tend to not give a hoot about the environment.  Therefore, I have a couple of questions – Why have Mormon leaders been so silent on the issue?  Why are so many Mormons not concerned about it?  What should we as Mormons be doing in our personal lives to reduce our contribution to the problem?