Seven Points About Climate Change
Posted by Jeff Id on February 20, 2009
Those of you who stop by regularly know how I feel about the climate alarmism and political pressures behind it. You also know I have a bit of a temper about it which I try to keep in check. I read this article with as open a mind as I could, it contains seven points so let’s see if we can agree with any of them.
1. Scientists are divided. There has been astounding consensus throughout the scientific community that global warming is real, dangerous, and caused by humans. Although the details of future forecasts remain unclear, there’s no serious question about the general shape of what’s to come.
By September 2007, there was 25 percent less ice in the Arctic Ocean than ever measured before. By the end of the summer season in 2008, so much ice had melted that both the Northwest and Northeast passages were open.
Scientists are breathless. The computer models said this shouldn’t have happened until sometime late in the 21st century. Even skeptics can’t dispute such alarming events.
Right off the bat he’s swinging all over the place. Scientists agree, he cliams. Sure a lot of government sponsored climatologists agree, but so far it’s been pretty hard for me to locate convincing evidence that anyone knwos what’s happening today let alone in a hundred years. Then he makes claims about sea ice being down by 25% which is at best a cherry pick of one area in the arctic. Then he says computer models say this shouldn’t have happened yet. What’s he talking about? Temps have lagged a bit behind the models the last time I checked.
2. We have time. The melting Arctic ice will help speed up global warming. The white ice that reflects 80 percent of incoming solar radiation back to space is being replaced with blue water that is absorbing 80 percent of the sunshine. As northern permafrost thaws, huge amounts of methane gas (an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide) long trapped below the ice are escaping into the atmosphere.
Global warming suddenly feels less like a huge problem, and more like an Oh-My-God Emergency.
This is some familiar tipping point alarmism. Well I can’t prove it wrong, is there any proof it’s right?
3. Climate change will help as many places as it hurts. Recent models are showing that after a certain point almost everyone on the planet will suffer. Crops might be easier to grow in some places for a few decades as the danger of frost recedes, but over time the threat of heat stress and drought will almost certainly be stronger.
A 2003 Pentagon report forecasts the possibility of violent storms across Europe, megadroughts across the Southwest UnitedStates and Mexico, and unpredictable monsoons causing food shortages in China.
The scenario suggests that as the planet’s carrying capacity shrinks, an ancient pattern of desperate, all-out wars over food, water, and energy supplies will reemerge. Warfare may again come to define human life.
You can see him reaching here, looking for the words yet not quite connecting. He’s trying to win the world renown and prestigious most extreme predictions contest on the Air Vent. But in his haste he can’t quite make a predication he only repeats some others, a good first attempt. It’s difficult in the face of Hansens stiff entries in the competition.
4. It’s China’s fault. China has overtaken the U.S. as the world’s biggest carbon dioxide (CO2) producer, and everyone has read about the pace of power plant construction there. But a lot of that CO2 was emitted to build products for Western consumption.
Furthermore, China has four times the population of the U.S., and per capita it’s really the only way to think about these emissions. By that standard, each Chinese person now emits just over a quarter of the CO2 that each American does.
Not only that, CO2 lives in the atmosphere for more than a century. China has been at it in a big way less than 20 years, so it will be many, many years before the Chinese are as responsible for global warming as Americans.
Also, unlike many counterparts in the U.S., Chinese officials have begun a concerted effort to reduce emissions in the midst of their country’s staggering growth. China now leads the world in the deployment of renewable energy — barely a car made in the U.S. meets China’s tougher fuel-economy standards.
Uh oh, Lefty alert. Even though the other guys are making more it’s not a big deal cause they have more people. He totally misses the point that the two countries he names are the two largest exporters of goods and services to the world. That last sentence makes me a little crazy though. Kind of pushing me over the edge a bit. Unlike the US CHINA is making an effort. What a Fargin joke. He’s never been there has he. I’m trying to keep it even but I have to call it like it is, an extreme lefty supporting the communist policies and wishing the US could be more like them. China’s policies do nothing like the current stimulous package and most government programs I can think of it’s all talk and no result.
I don’t like this guy much.
5. Climate Change is an environmental problem. While environmentalists were the first to sound the alarm, CO2 is not like traditional pollutant. There’s no Clean Air Act that can solve it.
We must make fundamental transformations in shifting away from fossil fuels to something else. For the U.S., it’s at least as much a problem for the Commerce and Treasury departments as it is for the Environmental Protection Agency. And because every country on Earth will have to coordinate, it’s far and away the biggest foreign policy issue we face.
Yes we’ve all heard about change, and those in the US who are paying attention know exactly what we’re supposed to change into. Even if you have different ideas about what made America work we can clearly see socialism hasn’t worked in other countries, why do we want it? This guy says fundamental shift from fossil fuels to something else, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE. The closest we can come is nuclear and we don’t have the technology to make our cars work as electrics yet! Like other envirowhackos such as Tamino, he doesn’t care. That’s just money they think, buck up we can do it. These pseudointellectual fools don’t understand the costs of what they are proposing.
6. Solving it will be painful. How painful addressing climate change will be depends. On one hand, you’re talking about transforming the backbone of the world’s industrial and consumer system. That’s certainly expensive.
On the other hand, if you manage to convert to solar or wind power, you’d save a lot of money on fuel.
Spend some time with a calculator, there isn’t enough capturable solar energy striking the earth to power what we use. There’s just not enough wind or land area to generate the power we need reasonably. I’ve done several posts on biofuel, solar and other technologies. There isn’t enough power available to make them work, they aren’t feasible and it is easily demonstrated. So I ask you, if these intellectuals tell us to change and only give us unreasonable things to change to, no nuclear, no coal. What is their real motive?
7. We can reverse climate change. The warming is happening faster than we expected, and the results are more widespread and more disturbing. None of that is going to stop, even if we do everything right from here on out. The only question now is whether we can hold off catastrophe.
It won’t be easy, because the scientific consensus calls for roughly 5 degrees more warming this century unless we do just about everything right. And if our behavior up until now is any indication, we won’t.
The earth didn’t warm at all for a decade and we get these quotes??? There are no known results directly attributable to global warming. Then he quotes 5 degrees per century, that’s a half degree per decade!! Crazy BS for sure.
People like McGreggor are the reason people like me are skeptics. They say one false thing after another using fear and doom and gloom to make unworkably expensive world policies while offering no solutions. The key to understanding him is his praise for communist governments. That’s exactly the purpose of polyscienticians. Nothing but Leftist policies.
Now I know I have a lot of much more even headed readers than myself. Smart people who really believe our best bet is to relax and let it go. Many think it would be good to do just a little tax, after all we can then feel good about ourselves right? Now I believe some percentage of the witnessed global warming is possibly man made, it makes sense but I haven’t run the numbers on CO2 myself. But I know politics when I see it and the scientists are being used, in some cases voluntarily, to push the leftist views of world government. They are in turn using the government right back for funding in a self fulfilling spiral always heading in one direction.
I wonder who’s paying for Dr. Steigs stay in the Antarctic?