The Nobel Peace Prize Continues It’s Distinguished Run…
Posted by Mike O on February 1, 2008
Of recognizing people who get it dead wrong. The 2007 Prize for Global Warming is turning out to be no exception
Despite the sleight of hand as now referring to the ‘Glabal Warming’ problem as ‘Climate Change’, it is still all based on the assumption the Earth is warming due to our excessive production of Carbon Dioxide. Therefore, only warming events correlate; every attempt to associate non-warming events is nothing more than politically-correct mumbo jumbo.
Well, maybe they should ask the people of China their thoughts on Global Warming; they’re in the middle of their worst winter in 50 years.
How about the the people in Jerusalem or Baghdad as they play in the accumulated snow for the first time in recent memory? Maybe the people in America’s Midwest would have some thought on how hot the planet is becoming. Maybe they’d be willing to switch off their use of energy for awhile to cool the planet down some (like 0.0000001 degrees).
There is no question that- all other factors being equal- that a buildup of carbon dioxide in an atmosphere will cause a planet to trap more heat than would occur without it. Problem is, all things are not being equal.
1) Solar radiation: As the primary factor responsible for warming the planet, it needs to be reviewed for impact. In the short-term, there are solar events going on that correlate to the current weather, and portends a longer period of cooling.
2) Biological effect: Earth is not a ‘normal’ planet; never forget, while many of our pollutant are inherently poisonous, carbon dioxide is essentially plant food. As a biosphere, Earth will attempt to compensate. Especially if human beings continue to give in to their evil nature and plant trees. Forests cover approximately one-third of the earth’s land area, and account for two-thirds of global photosynthesis; they also tend to respond rapidly to increased carbon dioxide.
Long before the current ‘green movement’, human beings developed a tendency to plant more trees wherever they go; fruit trees, shade trees, ornamental trees. We stubbornly plant them in places they’ve never been before wherever we set foot. Fly over my home turf in North Texas- an area that was once prairie- and the thing that most clearly marks the populated areas are the trees.
Of course, we produce more carbon dioxide then we compensate for with tree planting, but Mother Nature is compensating. natural forests are increasing in biomass and water-born plants are fixing greater amounts of carbon dixide.
(And please don’t bring up injecting carbon dioxide directly into the ocean to spead the process; everything is toxic at high concentrations and killing off a patch of ocean with the resulting carbonic acid is dumb. Nautal equilibrium over the entire oceans exposed surface is more effective and less damaging. Of course, it doesn’t provide employment for eco-engineers who feel we must do something!)
While we are unquestioning fouling the earth in many other ways (including everything else produced from burning fossil fuels), chasing the supposed demon of carbon dioxide as a causation for global warming only distracts from ways we can really improve things.
Update: Sadly, the curse of the Peace Prize strikes again. In this case, the fellow seems to have been a proper recipient; hopefully, he’ll pull through and all the attackers will caught.
Update: Gateway Pundit, always a good read, is keeping a running tally of Mother Nature laughing at Al Gore this winter. And my relatives in Minnesota would like to punch Al Gore’s lights out right about now.
Update II: Beside supporting the theory of the Nobel Peace Prize curse, this is actually something to be concerned about.
No wonder there is so much talk recently about global cooling. I certainly hope that’s wrong, because a Dalton type solar minimum would be very bad for our world economy and agriculture. NASA GISS published a release back in 2003 that agrees with the commonly accepted idea that long period trends in solar activity do affect our climate by changing the Total Solar Irradiance (TSI).I’d advocate more and bigger SUVs and coal-fired plants, but I doubt it would have enough impact to counter this.
Please, Nobel Committee; take Goracle’s prize back and save us all!