I feel like I should do this post for Chris’s sake. Not that I don’t always enjoy covering this topic. But I invited Chris to the site after a small discussion on facebook. We were discussing global warming and I was unable to have the discussion in the limited space of a facebook note, so I invited him here to have the debate. I am hoping that he is still up for trying to defend what I think is one of the biggest farces we have seen in the last decade. It ranks right up there with terrorism justifying the Patriot Act and the Evils of big business justifying the unprecedented move towards socialism. But those are other topics for other days. Today I am talking about anthropomorphic (man-made) global warming, or the lack thereof…
We have watched the enviro-maniacs pursuing this line of reasoning for oh so long. We watched as the “experts” told us in the 70’s and 80’s that we were headed for another ice-age. Then we watched those same experts switch tactics in the 90’s and instead go towards global warming. My personal belief is that the environmentalists didn’t see the angle working their way with a coming ice-age. There was no way to find a thread of logic that would link it to human behavior, and thus serve the purpose of instituting overreaching control over people. So when the earth cycled around to heating up again they made their move. Only now the earth is cooling again, so we are already seeing the beginning of the switch to “climate change” instead of warming.
Let me say up front my overall belief. There is no such thing as human caused global warming. Human beings are awful arrogant to think that our little pissant selves have the ability to impact the global climate by even a percentage of a degree. The earth has been here for roughly 4.6 Billion Years. Humans have been here for roughly between 100,000 and 200,000 years. Spread your arms out as wide as you can. That is the time earth has existed. Take a finger nail file and brush across the fingernail of your longest finger lightly just one time. You have just eliminated the entire time of humans on earth. During this time there have been times of cooling and warming, with humans and without them.
Water vapor makes up 95% of the earth’s greenhouse gasses. CO2 makes up roughly 3% of greenhouse gas. So only 3% of greenhouse gasses are CO2. Only 3% of that 3% is attributable to manmade CO2. So do the math here, unless I am too stupid to use a calculator correctly…. and you get to the number that approximately one tenth of one percent of greenhouse gas is attributable to humans. Let’s just average that out for each person on the planet shall we? Let’s round it to 6 Billion people. One person is 0.00000000017% of the population. Take that times the one tenth of one percent and each human is responsible for 0.00000000000017% of the greenhouse gasses of this planet. That is twelve zeros after the decimal point. Remember that number. Are you getting that? It takes 6 Billion people to equal the one tenth of one percent that the humans on earth contribute to the greenhouse gases of this planet. Yet these environmentalists and government folks would have you believe that WE are causing this planet to heat up out of control.
The global warming hounds will tell you that there is a consensus of scientists that global warming is happening and that man is causing it. This is simply not true. There is no consensus. Just about everyone has a bias. And it is never clear what their reasons are for bias. You can find reports all day long supporting either side of this argument, and this is the common ploy of the environmentalist to prove their claims. They post link after link supporting their side of this claim. The other side can do that too. And the answer is always the same: Your reports are biased by the big oil companies, but mine are unbiased. Not true. My favorite recent one was that “103,000 environmental scientists have agreed that anthropomorphic (man-made) global warming is a fact!” Well the fact is that only about 4% of environmental scientists have actually spent time researching global warming. But just the fact that they know environmental science should be enough to persuade me, right? Wrong.
This isn’t taking into account the number of environmental scientists these days that are unwilling to speak out about the false claims of their peers. Most environmental scientists are afraid to take a public stand if it means appearing to challenge powerful corporations, governments or professions. They are afraid that they might be blocked from promotion, shunted to less interesting work, or even dismissed. Methods of attack against environmental scientists include blocking of publications, refusal of permission to attend scientific meetings, withdrawal of research funding, denial of appointments, removal of support staff, transfers to different positions, dismissals, blacklisting, and character assassination.
The reason for these attacks is straightforward. There are powerful interests involved in environmentally practices and policies. Scientific experts can either provide legitimacy to these practices and policies, or undermine them. If even a few scientists speak out against the standard view, this punctures the illusion of unanimous scientific agreement. Just think about how often the phrase is made that the scientists who don’t believe in anthropomorphic global warming are fringe whack jobs. I think you get the point.
They will tell you that we are using up all the oil and increasing our dependence on foreign oil. False on count 1, Semi-true on count 2. Oil reserves have grown by 1400% since 1948. There is an estimated 1 Trillion barrels of oil still in the ground in the reservoirs that we know about. Oil prices have not risen because of a lack of available oil, they have risen because of the oil cartels, and I am not talking about Exxon and those folks, I am talking about OPEC. As for our dependence on foreign oil. We don’t have to be. All we need to do is tell the environmentalists to shut up about ANWR and we can be self-sustaining. It won’t hurt a thing, despite their radical claims.
I could go on for days here and make this a 10,000 word post instead of a 1,200 word post, but it is 4:15 am. The bottom line is that this entire global warming movement has nothing to do with the environment. It has everything to do with control. By perpetuating the lies and myths, the government has been able to take away your rights the same way they did with the Patriot Act and the new private industry infringements. Without these lines of bullshit, there would be no way they could pass the laws that they do which give them unprecedented control. See my recent post on Cap and Trade for a bit more on this aspect.
Speaking of cap and trade, remember above when I told you to remember that number with 12 zeros after the decimal point? Ask yourself this question: Is the 0.00000000000017 of one percent that you may or may not contribute to global warming worth the estimated additional $3,300 per year in energy bills the Congressional Budget Office estimates you will pay because of the cap and trade restrictions that they are enacting? Not to me. You are going to have to give me better proof that this line of B.S. and non-logical reasoning that I have seen from the left so far.
That should be enough to get the conversation started. So anyone want to try to give it a run and prove that global warming is caused by man? The top scientists in the world can’t do it. But you are welcome to try. I warn you now: I don’t accept any of the left-wing rhetoric or scare tactics. Only facts and logic and reason. Unfortunately I haven’t seen any reason or common sense applied to the opposite side of this debate yet….