Date: November 3, 2006 10:09 AM
Topic: global warming
The earth is getting warmer – we know this. There is no debate. Is man, however, causing this warming? That is the multi-trillion dollar question.
We all know that the earth has warmed and cooled millions of times in its 4 billion-year existence. What causes these climate changes? Nature or man? For the first three billion nine hundred ninety nine million nine hundred ninety nine thousand nine hundred years – there is only one answer. Nature. Man simply didn’t produce any of the allegedly climate-changing gasses. Volcanoes did, the natural warming process of the earth did, but man did not.
Here we are at the height of our hubris – the post-modern world. We have conquered nature, except for the floods and hurricanes and volcanoes and tides and tornadoes and heat waves and cold snaps. We rule the earth – except of course when nature decides that we don’t.
It only follows that since we have become so all-powerful that we can indeed affect the future existence of life on this planet. The only problem with this new found faith is history proves it wrong.
History is certainly not the favored subject of, shall we say, “left leaning” folks. Probably because it proves them wrong so often. Be that as it may, we do need to interject a little science into the religion of global warming. So what does science tell us about history?
Did you ever wonder why Greenland was named “Green-land” in the first place? Was it because the Icelandic people were looking for barren, frozen wastes to colonize? This is just one tiny example of the global-warmists ignorance of history.
Grapes were grown in England 1000 years ago. Did you know that? Grapes were also grown in England by the Romans 2000 years ago. Are you aware of the temperature difference required to pull this off?
Verdant fields of green, crop producing lands as far as Norway and Sweden and Denmark and Finland have been commonplace in periods throughout history. The dark ages in Europe were brought on not by faith-based zealotry but by a mini-ice age that devastated the food production in these countries.
The trillions of dollars the global-warmists want us to spend will decimate the economies of the free-market world. The Kyoto accords are nothing more than a plan for world-wide wealth redistribution. Is it any wonder the United Nations endorses this nonsense?
Al Gore says that “all” scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. No, no they do not. Ried Bryson, the father of climatology, calls man-made global warming “garbage science.” In fact, nearly all of the country’s climatologists (scientists who actually have degrees in the study of the climate) agree that there is global warming – and also that there is not one thing that we can do about it. Not one thing.
Yep, that’s nature – ignoring our vast-earth-changing power. Isn’t it frustrating that there is something more powerful than humans?
It certainly is to the big-government crowd. Nothing could be more unacceptable to the egos of those that think they know better. The fragility of human life – and the fact that we exist at the whim of nature is not even an acceptable concept to these people.
But then again, we have history and we have science. Let’s address the scientific underpinnings of the global-warmists. For example, what If their entire causal formula is upside down? What if rising carbon dioxide levels follow global warming as opposed to causing global warming?
Guess what? We know that it does. It’s called research. We have ice cores and mud samples and stalagmite studies taken from all around the globe that show exactly how much carbon dioxide was in the atmosphere at any given time in history. They show that carbon dioxide is a result of global warming. If you’re keeping score at home – this means that the number one supposition of the global-warmists is B.S.
This science further proves that, with no man made intervention, carbon dioxide levels have been much higher than they are now. They also show that the temperature of the earth has been much, warmer than it is now. It has been much warmer than the current, trend is predicted to be.
Turns out that the ocean – which is much larger in volume than the land-mass of the earth – holds immense amounts of carbon dioxide in it. Cool water holds more C02 than warm water. So, when we enter a perfectly natural warming cycle (like now) – guess what happens? Yes, more C02 enters the atmosphere.
Now that we know the earth warms and cools and we know that C02 levels follow warming – what the heck is the role of C02? The answer is we don’t know. We can, however, measure C02.
Of all the “greenhouse gasses,” C02 is a minor player. Water vapor is the number one culprit, accounting for 97% of all “greenhouse gasses.” All of the rest of the gasses amount to 3% of the alleged “movers” of climate change. Of that 3% C02 accounts for about 2.7%. Of the C02 produced on the planet, 97% is released from the oceans during warming periods.
So, math time. Human produced C02 accounts for 3% of 2.7%. In other words, humans account for about .00081 of “greenhouse gasses.”
Now I’m not a scientist and I’m not a climatologist, but I know that for nearly 4 billion years the earth has been warming and cooling all by itself. I know, furthermore, that there is a mechanism that balances the earth back to warm when it is too cold and balances the earth back to cold when it is too warm.
Let’s offer a much different hypothesis about global warming and cooling.
1) Big magic ball of fire in the sky warms the earth. Solar flare cycles and earth orbit “wobble” are proven factors of global warming.
2) The ocean releases C02 into the atmosphere.
3) The ice caps melt and very cold water is circulated around the globe, cooling the earth back off.
4) C02 is reabsorbed into the ocean.
5) The magic ball of fire warms us all up again. Rinse, repeat.
The fact is, we do not know the role of C02 in this cycle. It is such an insignificant part of the equation, that there is no possible way to lay the global warming and cooling cycle at the foot of C02. In fact, the very theory that there is a “greenhouse effect” is in doubt. Furthermore, we know conclusively, that C02 does not drive warming, it is a product of warming.
If we run around like chicken-little, crying about the impending doom of life as we know it, we are ignoring history, ignoring science, and ignoring that fact that nature is more powerful than man. Ignoring these facts is a sign that you could be delusional.
Now, I have my own feelings as to why the global-warmists want to cripple our economic future. They want power. They want to tell us how to live and they are willing to use any kinds of tactics to get us to cede authority and money to them. They are willing to scare us into submission to satisfy their political goals.
Man-made global warming is not science, it is a faith-based religion. The main stream media refuses to fact check any of the pseudoscientific drek they have been fed. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the unholy-trinity of big government politicians, eco-facists and media shills are collaborating to shove this bunk down our necks.
Punishing success is the classic tool the left uses to “level the playing field.” Global warming, which is now being re-branded as “climate change,” is just another crass, baseless attempt to extort money from the American people. If you worry about your freedom, as I do, you will do your part to refute the global-warmists lies.
I like to try and distill complex problems down to basic, easy to understand points. In researching global warming I came across one book that does it all. If you want to educate yourself about global warming and you don’t want to read ten different books and 30 different studies – the one to go for is “Unstoppable Global Warming” by Fred Sanger and Dennis Avery. They make it simple, but at the same time they footnote everything. So if you want to, you can dig all the way down to the bottom of the well.