I've been reading a lot on Global Warming, so I'm pretty much of an expert on the subject now, especially having studied a lot of science and stuff in school. For instance, I've taken classes in Natural Science, Social Science, Political Science - you name it; I've probably had a science class about it. So when it comes to science, I think it's fair to say I pretty much run with the best, and if you care to read much of the literature out there, you'll find that most of my peers are pretty much in agreement with my conclusions. So I've got consensus going for me, which is nice.
So in regard to Global Warming, which only a fool doesn't believe in (that's been pretty much established) there's a lot of scientific input out there... a lot of stuff to consider... But one main point stands out:
It's clear from all the evidence presented that any current temperature anomalies or trends are obviously created by humans and their interaction with the environment. Yep. It's all our fault, and we are the only ones who can fix this.
We must choose paper, not plastic. Keep your tires inflated! -even though they're made out of rubber, which is like plastic, only different. Drive an electric car, because the gas turbines used to generate the electricity don't need fish ladders, which don't work anyway, because everyone knows that every dam has a zillion fish in front of it just trying to get upstream. We must notch the dams so the fish can get through -those zillions of them who've been waiting for the notch. When using your [electric] curling iron, don't use hair spray (you know... CFC's). Switch from R12 to R134, or whatever the latest R is, because, though it's pretty much chemically equivalent, it's legislatively less harmful.
We must all do our part to pitch in and cool the planet. Use an electric snow blower to clear your driveway, because a gas-powered one emits carbon. God knows we have enough carbon already! It's the most abundant element on the planet. Last thing we need is more carbon. That stuff's bad. Stop barbecuing meat because vegetables take less pesticides than cows do. And cows poop, which makes methane -also bad. Plus, barbecuing generates carbon too, so...
What we need, apparently, is an increase in volcanic activity. Volcanoes belch out megatons of carbon - much of it in reactive forms - but apparently volcanic carbon doesn't have the same deleterious effect that human-generated carbon does. Volcanic carbon: good. Human carbon: bad. We must all keep this in mind. Do what you can to encourage volcanic activity.
And remember, if someone offers you a Halon fire extinguisher... Just say NO. In fact, any truly loyal global citizen will say, "Heck, NO!" and let it burn.
Casey Taylor (not verified)
Thu, 12/29/2011 - 8:03pm
What a absolute load of crap!
What a absolute load of crap! Where do you get this stuff?
Don J. Easterbrook, Ph.D., emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University, asked, "What does it take to ignore 10 years of global cooling, sharply declining temperatures the last couple of years, record setting lack of sun spots . . . failure of computer models to predict real climate, predictable warming and cooling climates for the past 500 years. The answer is really quite simple — just follow the money!
Science is not consensus; Science is theory, observation and measurement. Science is not, “let's all take a vote on the speed of light and see what number we get.” Science is dictated by nature's rules.
Anti AGW scientists like MIT’s Lindzen and others are not skeptical that the climate changes (that's obvious). They are skeptical that: 1. How much of that climate change is caused by man, 2. How accurate many of the claims and models are, 3. How negative any actual impact will be.
Also if you haven't read any books lately, the Vostok Ice cores show that CO2 goes up about 800 years after a warming, and 800 years ago it was the tail end of the Medieval Warm Period.
In 1066 AD the world was warmer by at least 2 deg. C (The English could grow wine grapes near York), and in the 1670s it was about 2 deg. C colder (Charles II went ice skating on the Thames.) We are still coming out of the Little Ice Age. This isn't even the warmest period in the last century. When NASA corrected their 10 warmest years on record, the number one year was in the 1930's.
Show me the proof that AGW is real, I know there is (was) warming. And don't tell me climate models.
Do some reading in places other than blogs science guy....LOL
shirah.eden (not verified)
Thu, 12/29/2011 - 8:05pm
I'm a little confused as to
I'm a little confused as to whether this Casey Taylor
(a) didn't see the sarcastic tone of this article and really does actually buy into the aforementioned, widely-propagated global warming theory, or
(b) does understand your sarcasm and agrees with you.
In case (b), this quote,
"Do some reading in places other than blogs science guy....LOL"
must be directed at someone other than you??
I am so confused.
Please people, if you have a point to make, come out and say it bluntly. This whole dancing around with various examples backing up your argument don't really help if you don't clearly state what you're arguing.
It was mostly that last comment (cited above) that really threw me for a loop. Can anybody clarify Mr. Taylor's position?
Thu, 12/29/2011 - 8:07pm
Yeah, Shirah, I'm as confused
Yeah, Shirah, I'm as confused as you are. Here, I thought I had a pretty well stated case going, and Mr. Taylor seems to want to just blow holes in it with a bunch of random scientific viewpoints.
And just when the Koolaid was starting to taste so good!
Mike Landfair (not verified)
Thu, 12/29/2011 - 8:11pm
We are not to use (Gasp)
We are not to use (Gasp) Global Warming anymore. It is arguable and your statistics can be challenged by my statistics. So we now must use climate change. No one can argue with climate change. When we have a new record cold day, that's climate change. When we have a snowfall in May, that's climate change.
Thu, 12/29/2011 - 8:12pm
Okay, Mike, I'm with you on
Okay, Mike, I'm with you on the climate change terminology. Much safer, indeed. But this leaves me wondering whether I should now be encouraging volcanic activity, or discouraging it! I mean, which way is the climate changing? I wish someone would tell me what to do...
...and how to think.
jim baran (not verified)
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 11:52pm
I heard someone refer to
I heard someone refer to "environmentalists" as watermelons.....green on the outside, red on the inside.
at one time, the movement had some legs with me[like no mercury in the water]but, now it has been hijacked
by the statists[communists] as a useful tool in controlling capitalism.
I mean, who can say they aren't for the environment?.....crafty jerks those demi stalins!