We here at Why Not Nashville? are in great spirits. The flowers are blooming. The bee’s are buzzing. The birds are listening to Barry White to get themselves in the mood. The weather is warm. So warm in fact, that I was able to lose my shirt a few days ago and obtain my first sunburn of the summer…and it’s only March! No snow. No frost. Nothing to make me wake up in the morning and say “crap, I’m going to be late because I have to scrape ice off of my car.” If this is because of global warming, then sign me up for some mo’.
Just kidding. It’s not because of global warming. Oh, and I didn’t “lose” my shirt. I voluntarily removed it so my pasty skin could reflect light onto all of those solar panels I had installed on my house. Also, the chicks in the neighborhood enjoy me shirtless. And really, who can blame them?
It’s convenient that I can worship at the altar of global warming because of all the global warming stuff that’s in the news right now. For example, our unelected friends at the EPA are about to roll out their new power plant regulations that will effectively put a halt to the construction of new coal plants.
Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said the new rule ‘captures the end of an era’ during which coal provided most of the nation’s electricity. It currently generates about 40 percent of U.S. electricity.
Of course, we don’t know how to replace that 40%, but whatever.
The power sector accounts for 40 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, and Brune said it is ‘the only place where we’re making significant progress’ in curbing greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change, adding that ‘at the same time, it’s not sufficient.’
If you’ve been paying attention to this blog for any period of time, you should know by now that I am of the opinion that “man-made global warming” or even “global warming” are politically-charged statements with little definitive science to back them up. Yes, there are those who
make their living off of federal grants truly do believe in the theory of global warming, but others aren’t so sure. Take this professor of physics at Princeton, for example:
What is happening to global temperatures in reality? The answer is: almost nothing for more than 10 years. Monthly values of the global temperature anomaly of the lower atmosphere, compiled at the University of Alabama from NASA satellite data, can be found at the website http://www.drroyspencer.com/latest-global-temperatures/. The latest (February 2012) monthly global temperature anomaly for the lower atmosphere was minus 0.12 degrees Celsius, slightly less than the average since the satellite record of temperatures began in 1979.
So, temperatures worldwide have not gone up lately, and actually dropped a little since we started paying attention. However, there has apparently been some warming…if you look back far enough.
There has indeed been some warming, perhaps about 0.8 degrees Celsius, since the end of the so-called Little Ice Age in the early 1800s. Some of that warming has probably come from increased amounts of CO2, but the timing of the warming—much of it before CO2 levels had increased appreciably—suggests that a substantial fraction of the warming is from natural causes that have nothing to do with mankind.
In other words, most of the warming occurred before the Industrial Revolution, when we started pumping CO2 into the atmosphere. And this doesn’t even take into account how hot it is in those dinosaur movies, when there weren’t any people at all.
So, in light of the fact that science is sorta’ groping around in the dark with respect to the intricacies of our climate, while the circumstantial evidence certainly leans to the side of our carbon footprint not really making much of a difference, why is the administration going out of its way, even to the point of working around Congress, to shut out new coal plants? If you’re looking for some super-secret answer to this question, you won’t find it here. Barry’s a jerk. That’s about it really. He’d rather put people out of work/keep more people from working, while causing the cost of electricity to increase for everyone, all in the name of some questionable scientific theory.
Oh, and his big donors. I almost forgot about that one.
Don’t worry, this post isn’t about physics. Well, not directly anyway. It’s more about the dubious nature of the left’s all-knowing entity: Science. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, then you know my thoughts on global warming, or climate change, or whatever they’re calling it now to get around their recent inaccuracies. In short: I don’t buy it. Do I think the globe is warming in any discernible manner? No (that’s actually been proven). Do I think the climate is “changing?” Well, to the extent it’s always changing, yes. Do I think humans have some impact on the climate? Sure. Do the “climate scientists” have any idea what actually causes climate change, in spite of their claims? No.
Climate Change Believers though, will tell you differently. They’ll tell you it’s a done-deal, and if you don’t believe, then you are a flat-earther and dumb. My response to the CCB’s has always been the same: the “science” upon which you base your theory has consistently been either proven inaccurate or fraudulent. Why should I believe in that? Fact is, we have a limited understanding of God’s Creation (yep, I said it). Latest proof: How about learning that climate scientists’ warming projections were wrong (again) because they had failed to account for the sun’s influence in their global warming calculations. You know…that big yellow thing in the sky that actually warms the planet.
Well, something has happened recently that, if proven true, may cause the science-is-god folks to spontaneously combust.
The science world was left in shock when workers at the world’s largest physics lab announced they had recorded subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light.
If the findings are proven to be accurate, they would overturn one of the pillars of the Standard Model of physics, which explains the way the universe and everything within it works.
In other words, if proven true, everything we thought we knew about how the universe works would be wrong. Why does this matter to the global warming debate? Because it’s further evidence that science doesn’t really “know” much, but simply “suspects” a lot. Imagine the ridicule a physicist would have received last week if he had claimed particles could travel faster than the speed of light? Had he not received the memo from the scientific consensus?
Simply put, the more we learn, the more we learn we were wrong about. Science is a great gift from God, and well worth our time and money. But to assert that we have some ultimate understanding of something as complicated as the earth’s climate, when those allegedly possessing the understanding forgot to take the effects of the friggin’ sun into account, strikes me as slightly absurd.
I despise Algore. Possibly more than any other liberal I can think of. Why? Because when you disagree with him, he calls you an unsophisticated rube. One of those flat-earth, religious zealots. Can’t understand science. Now don’t get me wrong-all liberals make these same claims. But no one rambles on so unapologetically like Algore.
For example, see his article in Rolling Stone magazine, in which he spends approximately 12 pages venting his spleen about how everyone who doesn’t believe in man-made global warming is a Grade-A moron. When you read the article, you can’t help but picture Algore, stomping around his gigantic carbon-footprint of a house in L.A., throwing stuff and screaming about how stupid we all are. Case in point: Algore’s framing of the debate:
In one corner of the ring are Science and Reason. In the other corner: Poisonous Polluters and Right-wing Ideologues.
Algore, did you really need to capitalize “Science” and “Reason?” Does that add to their legitimacy? What Algore isn’t grasping is that he, and his global warming movement, completely lack credibility. Americans are pretty good at sniffing out b.s., and Algore bathes in it daily.
Let’s begin with Algore himself. He’s certainly been screaming the loudest about global warming…and the need to invest in “green technology” while implementing a cap and trade program. Here’s the problem. Believing what Algore says about global warming is akin to believing the salesman who tells you that you suffer from a rare disease, and only he has the cure…but it’ll cost you your vacation house in Barbados to get it. What do I mean? Algore has invested massive amounts of money in “green technology.” His response to those questioning his obvious conflict?
Do you think there is something wrong with being active in business in this country? I am proud of it. I am proud of it.
No Algore, there’s nothing wrong with it. It just causes anyone with a little bit of common sense to question your motivations, that’s all.
And his Science and Reason? The R.S. article is chock full of it…except none of it cites to any authority or evidence, which as a lawyer, always makes me look around for the trash can. Instead, it’s all Algore’s ramblings…much of which is unbelievably hypocritical and/or debatable and/or wrong with the help of Google. Let’s take a look.
Polluters and Ideologues…are financing pseudoscientists whose job is to manufactured doubt about what is true and what is false….
Let’s face some facts here Algore. First, some of the “pseudoscientists,” as you call them, can be found here, thanks to Wikipedia (with links to sources). Now, can I speak to the credentials of all of these people? No. But that’s true for your “very best” Scientists too. Second, your Scientists have also been “financed,” except with government grants. Incredibly, or predictably, after having just attacked the non-believers as “pseudoscientists,” Algore goes on to scold the “Polluters and Ideologues” for their efforts to “undermine the public’s respect for Science and Reason by attacking the integrity of the climate scientists.” Wha? Look Algore, the public doesn’t need any help in undermining their respect for Science and Reason. The Scientists do that for them.
Remember the emails? Oh yeah, that whole thing about the Scientists conspiring to keep alternative views out of the global warming discussion, which we only know about because someone hacked into some Scientist’s email account:
Yet even a partial review of the emails is highly illuminating. In them, scientists appear to urge each other to present a “unified” view on the theory of man-made climate change while discussing the importance of the “common cause”; to advise each other on how to smooth over data so as not to compromise the favored hypothesis; to discuss ways to keep opposing views out of leading journals; and to give tips on how to “hide the decline” of temperature in certain inconvenient data.
Algore’s treatment of these emails in his short story? A three line paragraph essentially asking “what’s the big deal?” And what about his purported evidence of man-made global warming? Questionable, at best.
Heat: He uses anecdotal evidence about nineteen countries setting all-time high temperatures in 2010. I’m going to take your completely irrelevant fact and raise you one more: there are 195 countries in the world. He also claims 2010 was the hottest year on record. That could be, but a NASA Scientist, who Algore cites as being one of the “very best,” admitted to the following in 2007,
Moreover, NASA now also has to admit that three of the five warmest years on record occurred before 1940-it has up until now held that all five of them occurred after 1980.
And perhaps most devastating of all to the man-made global warming backers, it is now admitted that six of the 10 hottest years on record occurred when only 10% of the amount of greenhouse gases that have been emitted in the last century were in the atmosphere.
To be fair, the foregoing information only applies to the U.S., not the world. Although when the “world temperatures” are determined by largely ignoring cold places like Siberia, while relying upon lots of temperature readings taken in hotter urban areas, I’m not persuaded. Plus, according to another one of Algore’s Scientists, there’s been no “statistically significant” warming since 1995. This other guy agrees (more precisely, the former NASA scientist he cites to agrees). And then there’s Algore’s claim that half of the last decade was a “solar minimum,” despite its fictitious hot temperatures. Disagreements are found, here and here.
Floods and Drought: Algore claims, again with no cited authority, that “megafloods” in Pakistan and “historic drought” in Texas support his claims of man-made global warming/climate change. Well, the pseudoscientists at the weather channel blame the jet stream. So does this guy.
Melting Ice: Algore,
The acceleration of ice loss in both Greenland and Antarctica has caused another upward revision of global sea-level rise and the numbers of refugees from low-lying coastal areas.
Algore’s article is long. It weaves between calling Americans stupid couch-potatoes, advocating for what will almost certainly be efficient solar and wind production someday (considering two-thirds of all new solar projects and 85 percent of all new wind projects in the United States rely on government grants because they’re so inefficient, I’m not holding my breath), and complaining about the media. It really is like a never-ending stream of consciousness…and this post has already become too long. Lets end with the most dishonest assertion in an otherwise dishonest opinion piece,
The best available evidence demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that the reckless spewing of global-warming pollution in obscene quantities into the atmospheric commons is having exactly the consequence long predicted by scientists who have analyzed the known facts according to the laws of physics.
David Evans, a Ph.D. who pushed man-made climate change for the Australian Greenhouse Office from 1999-2010, had this to say recently,
There are now several independent pieces of evidence showing that the earth responds to the warming due to extra carbon dioxide by dampening the warming.
But the alarmists say the exact opposite, that the climate system amplifies any warming due to extra carbon dioxide, and is potentially unstable. It is no surprise that their predictions of planetary temperature made in 1988 to the U.S. Congress, and again in 1990, 1995, and 2001, have all proved much higher than reality.
You should read Evans’s entire article because it provides an inside look into the politics of man-made global warming, provided by a guy who was once a Scientist, but has since become a pseudoscientist. What’s his point? The theory of man-made global warming is wrong because the Scientists pushing the theory as fact are constantly wrong. And they’re wrong on purpose.
What’s the overarching point of all of this? Algore has a significant financial stake in a potential political power play that he needs to succeed. Because of this, he will continue asserting the existence of a consensus that doesn’t exist. And he still hasn’t put solar cells on the roof of his L.A. mansion.
All I have to say is this:
I was greeted this morning with the following headline:
Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade
That’s right…screw you global warming! The New Kid On The Block is global cooling. Oh yeah…screw you too Algore! Good thing you never got those solar cells on the roof of your L.A. mansion.
Feel free to read the whole article. I’m not going to recite it here because it’s probably all completely wrong anyway (just like the global warming nonsense). Howevah…if it is true, you know what we can do to slow the cooling down? That’s right: burn some fossil fuels! Hey, does this also mean we’re going to go back to the regular light bulbs? Because I just took out a second mortgage on my house to buy thousands of the pear-shaped illuminators…since I was planning on selling them on the black market. Oh well. You take the good with the bad, right?