Reflection in Skeptic Stew
Posted by Jeff Condon on May 12, 2011
People sometimes ask me how I got interested in climate. Oddly enough I often answer that I’m not. I’m more interested in the math and dynamics of the global political situation created by a movement which has been grown well beyond its deserved limits. Still, I must find something interesting – got a blog and all- and am a self certified climate skeptic so being a person of reason there must be something behind the fact that I can’t seem to quit reading and blogging on climate.
What keeps me/us going?
1 – I like puzzles and very much enjoy learning. Doesn’t it drive you nuts when idiots claim you can’t understand or don’t know or it is simply too complicated for a feeble mind to grasp. Something few realize is that to write even the simplest articles on the science by a non-expert, requires many hours of study. There is another curse for some of us though in that the need to find an answer sometimes drives to the point of obsession. Fortunately I have an innate laziness which can turn that obsessed behavior into a shoulder shrug when required. I suppose life is a balance. It’s too bad that I don’t have time for this because there is so much more entertainment to be found. I was warned by several infamous bloggers that when I started that I should be careful to not be wrong, my reply was that I would simply admit it. It’s kind of funny but for some reason so many people in blogland think you lose credibility when you make mistakes and admit them. Well I haven’t been chucked to the curb yet for my mistakes but most blogs I read fight tooth and nail to avoid it. Of course the challenge of this is only one reason for blogging.
2 – The politics of climate science are more certain than the results themselves. As what most of my European friends consider a borderline anarchist, the mere possibility that Hugo Chavez’s anti-capitalist rants were even attended yet alone applauded at clappinhagen is an absolute insanity to me brought about by decades of state funded propaganda. It is clear from the writings that the IPCC and UN have goals which reach far beyond climate, they don’t hide their goals in the least either, you just have to read their work. An effort of attention span and 4 syllable words well beyond American youth and most adults I’ve met (outside of this blog).
3 – The solutions of climate science make no sense from an engineering standpoint. No potentially workable solutions are promoted whatsoever. Just another clue that the sophistic result is not directed toward the stated problem.
4 – Papers are accepted which make no sense whatsoever. Before Steig 09, everyone knew that the Antarctic wasn’t warming across the continent – driving the modelers crazy. Yet nobody stopped the big stars from publishing otherwise. Cover of Nature if I recall. Then there are the amazing mashes called paleoclimatology which in great feats of idiocy are even used to ‘verify’ models. These papers are almost universally hockey checks (smashmatics) rather than hockey sticks.
5 – The potential for natural historic variance is almost constantly downplayed, even evidence of massive trees growing in impossibly cold places only 3000 years ago do nothing to cause concern for ‘the’ cause.
6 – What makes me really crazy is that the CO2 level of the atmosphere is so amazingly low. How does it stay that low with so many output sources. Not one 02 consuming and C02 creating animal has died from excessive CO2 concentration in a normal atmosphere (there have been a few very interesting geological events). The point is that there is no concentration feedback for animals, so why doesn’t the CO2 level sit normally higher? So little effort has gone into what I suspect are hidden underground geological CO2 sinks.
7 – Bad urban thermometer data ignored to the point that it can only be considered covered up. Anthony Watts has just published a very significant paper which I believe identifies far more of the global temperature problem than climate guru’s will admit today. Urban warming bias while in the positive warming direction are almost universally ignored while cooling errors are hunted like sharks in the preschooler pool.
Too much energy in the oceans, too much potential for hidden Co2 sinks, too low of a CO2 level, biased and incomplete measurements trusted implicitly, controversial data eliminated, bad and even stupid solutions proposed. The result—- Skeptic Stew:
5 fresh hot peppers picked near urban thermometers
1 cup of 1935 ocean water
2 tree sprouts from the Kilimanjaro forest
4 onions picked in a water/co2/competition stable environment
1 shunken undersized heat afflicted potato – diced
4 ice cubes from Himalayan glaciers
20 pounds of paper from one printed copy of IPCC AR5
1 bottle of Talisker single malt scotch for the hearty drinker, Balvenie is an acceptable substitute if you like the softer malts.
Dice hot onions, potatoes, peppers and tree sprouts finely – use only thick onion layers discard the thinner, bitter, and non-conforming ones. If possible hide the thin layers beneath a stack of IPCC 4 papers (paleo section is preferable). Do one shot of Talisker quickly – don’t sip. Roll, don’t crush, sections of AR5 tightly using plenty of muscle power to insure that a high density 4 inch log is achieved – tape with duct tape (what else is there). You should achieve several 4 inch logs before the document is fully utilized. Again, one quick shot of Talisker. Light the end of the biofuel envirologs using a magnifying glass or wind power. Bring pot of 1935 ocean water to a boil -this should take at least fifteen seconds longer to warm than you (or physics) would expect but the inconvenience is minor. Add potatoes and onions and do another shot of Talisker. Wait for potatoes to soften, then add thermometrically proximal peppers and other ingredients. Mix gently while sipping another shot of Talisker. Continue process until all constituents blend and soften sipping regularly at the Talisker. Eventually the broth with thicken, a pinch of black pepper and your stew is ready to serve. Use Himalayan ice cubes to cool the stew for the children if necessary, otherwise discard the useless and tribble-like abundant things on the hot black pavement beneath the pepper thermometers. Pour yourself another shot of scotch.
A spicy dish with amazing heat and minimal CO2 footprint.