Science is not about consensus. It is about right or wrong. The ‘vast majority’ of the world’s scientific community has absolutely NO proof that humanity is the cause of climate change. ‘Warmers’ pick and choose data that supports their special interest, the same as others do to support their source of funding (be it oil, or other). When ALL the data is looked at, there is absolutely no correlation between global temperature and humanity. If there was, there would be a steady increase in temperature, yet we are finding ourselves within a current 11 year cooling trend. The focus of environmentalism should be better stewardship of the land, sea, and air; but let’s at least be truthful in what we are propping up as fact.
For example, polar ice has receded to current levels in the past – even more so. Those caps grew back – and in fact around the world and at the poles, glaciers are GROWING, getting thicker, and advancing (though at slower rates). This is not reported because it doesn’t support the political agenda. (ref http://www.iceagenow.com/Growing_Glaciers.htm for glacial data). What happens is that a report comes out suggesting drastic sea ice missing – chalk it up to Global Warming, as reported above the fold on the front page and recited by politicians and pro-warmers – THEN they report at a later date that they “underreported arctic ice by 193,000 square miles” – the truth, not news worthy at all… in fact, the rate of arctic and Antarctic ice freezing is increasing, when ALL data is accurately reported – and ocean levels are falling because of it. What is happening is that as the extremities erode, the glacial ice is getting thicker at the interior. Ref:
Antarctica's Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf is growing:
7 Dec 05 – Scientists Joughin and Bamber re-evaluated the mass balances of the ice in Antarctica. "It is clear from the results of this study that the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf is not rapidly, or even slowly, wasting away. Quite to the contrary, it is
Glaciers in western Himalayas thickening and expanding, Arctic ice cover above it’s
30-year average:23 Nov 08 - A study published by the American Meteorological Society found that glaciers are only shrinking in the eastern Himalayas. Further west, in the Hindu Kush and the Karakoram, glaciers are "thickening and expanding".
So, they report on global climate change – but continue to push “warming” agendas, including capping greenhouse gas emissions for developing countries. There is a reason that India and China are not going to sign onto a Copenhagen deal – they admit that it will be economic suicide, and that they will not be able to advance their societies from third world into first world civilizations. Hell, the warmers have now identified Carbon Dioxide as a toxic gas – but we EXHALE CO2… and it is not reported that plant growth is actually rapidly increasing due to increased atmospheric CO2 (be it man made or other). So the plants that we live on are enriched with their source of nutrition and grow heartier and stronger, yet this is a bad thing… We are still assuming the madness that humanity is responsible for the majority of CO2 – but what scientific data ACTUALLY finds is that worldwide percentages of CO2 emissions from humans (and human related activity) is merely 3% of annual worldwide CO2 emissions. THREE PERCENT. Hardly newsworthy.
Regarding the severity of catastrophic weather, I say ‘prove it’. Storms like Katrina are only newsworthy because they hit a section of the US where population centers were established BELOW SEA LEVEL, and where there existed a need for updated levee systems and pumping stations to ensure no flooding. Since Katrina, there have been no noteworthy tropical depressions, and they occurred regularly depending on natural oceanic cycles. Major storms in the Oceania nations of the Western Pacific (in East Asia) are no worse than previous, and flooding related to these storms is simply a cause of extremely steep mountain sides rising out of the ocean, causing storms to hit a wall and dump everything they have got. It is common… but there have been no unusual super tropical storms. That is pure fiction. Regarding increased cold weather systems – definitely NOT due to warming, rather following the recent trend of global cooling which some scientists believe is the early phases of a new ice age (as has been reported since the 1970’s). So again, I say ‘prove it’ if you think there is any actual proof of increased catastrophic weather.
Deforestation is a problem in developing countries. There needs to be smart forest services, which are most effective when forests are managed by private industries, like Weyerhaeuser. What I am more concerned about is ocean acidity and the elimination of marine life. There seems to be little regard for the destruction of the oceanic ecosystems and the breakdown of that food chain. When the world freezes over once again, it will be the waters that provide most of the food – which is the very reason that all early civilizations developed near water. It is the source of life. The ocean produces more air filtration and oxygen production than the world’s forests. However, t-shirts with little algae are less appealing to ‘the cause’ than sloths and polar bears.
Constitutionality is not a non sequitur when the government is selling personal liberties and mandating global taxation via international treaties supporting false science. It is most important. The government has no authority to relinquish certain liberties, the freedom to exhale without global taxation is one – and the other is forcing the citizens of the United States into control of unelected authorities. This is the very issue being proposed in Copenhagen now, and it is very relevant to the topic at hand.
I do not see value in permanent international treaties such as NATO etc as you listed. They are unrepresented forms of government, and in their very nature tyrannical. We should lead by example, and as a nation conceived in liberty, we should lead as such.
China and India will never sign up to such a treaty, and have said so repeatedly. It inhibits their ability to grow their economy. With no actual evidence of human caused warming, China and India are actually standing up against the international community to my applause. Do I think that there is a limit to what toxins can be expelled into the atmosphere? Yes. But for the sake of clean air (particulate free), clean water, clean land… not for the sake of false science and ‘climate change’ nuttary! There should be particulate limits on factories – reducing acid rains and “sooty” skies. This has nothing to do with CO2 in general, but has more to do with actual ecosystem toxins, like arsenic, chlorine, mercury, etc. That takes into account water and land as well, limiting the type, amount, and retention requirements of toxic chemicals. What good is the air, land, or water if we cannot breathe, live, nor drink. Again – all having to do with pollution and quality of life, not backed by false scientific theory.
In a perfect world we would all be so enlightened as to act in the best interest of the world and our fellow man. However, politicized climate debate serves no purpose of being in anyone’s best interest, rather it is a ploy to establish unchecked powers granted to an untouchable board of rulers. This is not in anyone’s best interest. We agree that the wars are unnecessary, and that our resources are best spent elsewhere (or not spent by the government at all). However, you can create all the green jobs you like – if there is no money to procure a product, the effort is futile. Production does precede consumption, but the cost of production cannot be eternally subsidized by taxpayer dollars or increased national debt… there is no pay-off and the economy will be (and is being) destroyed.
In summary – man made global warming is a theory not a fact, a multitude of scientific data indicates that the earth is cooling and that we may be entering a new ice age, and humanity has a responsibility to be stewards of the environment but must not surrender personal liberties to unrepresentative authoritarian governments in order to achieve that end.
Again, I may not be blogging regularly until 2010 - but this one just lit a fire under my rear and I had to share my response. I guess I'm never too busy to give 'em hell, even when I am relaxing... what a way to recharge, eh?