Glenn, this one is for you!
The so-called consensus on manmade global warming is facing a very inconvenient challenge. New temperature data, released by Great Britain’s Meteorology Office, showed that the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years, and suggested that we could even be heading for another ice age. Climate scientists said that after emitting unusually high levels of energy throughout the 20th Century, the sun is now heading towards a “grand minimum” in its output. Solar output runs in 11-year cycles, with high numbers of sunspots seen during its peak output. As they say on TV commercials, But wait! There’s more! E.N. Parker, University of Chicago astrophysicist, said that “there is no immediate answer to our questions” of how to share the blame for global warming. Parker made his comments in 1999. Data released Saturday, January 28, 2012, contradict him. Two questions: (1) Who should we believe, a 13 year old opinion based on his studies, or 30,000 data readings released Saturday? and (2) How did the MSM miss the new temperature release? Said as sarcastically as I can, I guess Saturday was a very busy news day.
But wait! There’s even more! H. L. Mencken once said: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” With that quote in mind, let’s further examine anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and CO²‘s so-called contribution. AGW is based on the belief that CO² is a harmful atmospheric greenhouse gas and global temperatures rise as it increases. But (and there is always a pesky ‘but’) CO² is a trace gas that exists in such small quantities in the earth’s atmosphere that the idea of it playing any significant role in determining our climate is, at best, silly. CO² comprises less than half of 0.1 percent of our atmosphere, and only 4 percent of that comes from human activity. CO² is a key component in all life on earth; plants need CO² to grow and produce oxygen, and, in turn, feed animals and people, who in turn, consume oxygen and plant-based foods, and exhale CO². Without CO², nothing could be the color environmentalists worship – green! Warming is good for mankind! Throughout history, man, as well as all other living creatures, has thrived during the earth’s warm periods, and suffered and starved during the cold ones.
But wait! There’s even more! Dr. David Evans, on January 24, 2012, published this report. I call your attention to pages 2 and 3 of this report. AGW predicted by computer models is absent from real world, observed trends in atmospheric temperature change, as shown by the graphs in this report.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined that the US funded almost half the annual budget of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world authority on alleged manmade global warming, with $31.1 million since 2001. And what did we get for all that money? The IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report, released in 2007, included several errors. It claimed that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by the year 2035, which the IPCC later admitted was based on inconclusive data. And, according to the GAO, the US has made the world’s largest scientific investment in climate change research, with nearly $20 billion over the past 13 years. That’s $20 billion of wasted taxpayer dollars that could have been spent training workers, providing make-work jobs, paying off underwater mortgages, given to green energy companies that go bankrupt, and all sorts of other utopian ideas.
The world has both cooled and warmed in cycles, but it has not warmed in the past 15 years. This warming and climate change is well within natural variability and explained very easily by changes in the sun, but there is nothing unusual going on this planet. However, the UN and AlGore (not a typographical error) say we should spend billions of dollars on further research and protocols. And even President Barack Hussein Obama has gotten into the act. Preventing non-existent AGW forms the basis for his “green energy” policies and EPA mandates.
But that’s just my opinion..