(What happened to the "warming" thing?)
I am very concerned about our earth. But I'm more focused on pollution and sustainability. The U.S. is the "cleanest" country on the planet, and we can get cleaner. I revel in the clean waters of Maine's lakes and rivers. And our incredible, self-sustaining lobster industry. I am opposed to the politically motivated efforts of phony "greenies" who seek to scare us and all countries into submission to more taxes and regulation for a fictional cause. "Global warming" is a coercive, fanatical religion and I am a heretic. I am not a denier; there is nothing to deny.
Our climate has always and will always be changng. It warmed in the Middle Ages bringing wealth and enabling the great cathedrals of Europe. It cooled during the five modern Ice Ages. All this, well before the Industrial Revolution and the internal combustion engine. If you do your homework, you discover we are actually coming out of a mini ice age right now. The temperatures and ice caps we think of as "normal" are actually on the cool side of our planet's history. Any warming now would, in fact, represent a return to some sort of average.
• The polar bear population has being increasing steadily ever since census taking began in 2001. Al Gore's polar bear pronouncements are a fabrication. Even NPR airs stories about the widespread population of polar bears. For you polar bear fans, here's a great book: Never Look A Polar Bear In The Eye.
• According to NASA, Antarctic sea ice has reached a new record maximum.
• Remote Sensing Systems' satellite data continue to report there has been no global warming for over 19 years. Yet, one-third of Man’s entire influence on climate since the Industrial Revolution has occurred since February, 1997.
• Sea levels have risen .04" to .10” per year since 1900, in keeping with emergence from a mild ice age.
• Global warming is not “settled science”. Science doesn’t work by “consensus”. Scientists don’t vote to prove an hypothesis, they scrutinize verifiable and replicable evidence. There are many respected scientists who disagree with man-made Global Warming.
• At the heart of the Global Warming alarm are the IPCC reports, which have been scientifically discredited (in addition to the email scandal).
• Dr. Roy Spencer, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama, also with NASA, NOAA and DOE, just reported a sudden cooling when he had been predicting a warm year in association with a returned El Nino.
How did we get here?
It began in universities with researchers seeking grant money. How do you land a government grant? By presenting something really “important” and really scary. The money flows in and the proper results flow out.
Politicians and others discovered that "Global Warming" provides a powerful point of leverage to impose new taxes and control: carbon tax schemes, crony, and wasteful "investments" in “green” industries - like Solyndra. People driving around in electric vehicles are actually running 40% on coal.
Currently, the EPA “Clean Power Act” seeks to reduce greenhouses emissions 25% below 2005 levels by 2020, and 30% by 2030. This will come down very hard on coal-fired electricity generation. The estimated results are the loss of 1 million jobs, $2.5 trillion in GDP, and an income loss of $7,000 per person. What do we get in return? EPA’s own model says this will avert a mere 0.018 degree Celsius (C) of warming by the year 2100. In fact, the U.S. could cut its CO2 emissions 100 percent and it would not make a difference in global warming.
Q What about the CO2 from fossil fuels?
A CO2 is the building block for all life on Earth and without its presence at a sufficient concentration this would be a dead planet. There are many elements in the "greenhouse effect", water vapor makes up 95%, CO2 about 3.6% of the total. Levels of CO2 have varied greatly over history and warmings have not correlated well with higher CO2. Actually warmings have been followed by CO2 rise, not the other way around.
Of the 3.6% CO2, only 3% of that is human-caused. Combining that with other human-caused GHG's (methane, nitrous oxide, CFC's) gives a total of 0.28% human-caused greenhouse effect. Human activites contribute slightly to greenhouse gas concentrations through farming, manufacturing, power generation, and transportation. However, these emissions are so dwarfed in comparison to emissions from natural sources we can do nothing about, that even the most costly efforts to limit human emissions would have a very, very small-- perhaps undetectable-- effect on global climate.
Patrick Moore, a founder of Greenpeace, left the organization because it "was hijacked by political and social activists”. For them, "It's more about globalization and anti-capitalism than it is about science or ecology". Moore, a Canadian environmental scientist, says: "Global warming has been happening since about 1800 when the little ice age came to an end and the Thames River in England stopped freezing over on a regular basis. This is obviously a natural phenomenon. The climate has been changing throughout the millennia and has generally been warmer than it is today for the last half billion years”. “In a warmer world, we can produce more food. In a cooler world, we will only be able to produce less food.”
James Lovelock was once one of the leading voices of climate alarm. About climate change alarmists, he says, "They just guess. And a whole group of them meet together and encourage each other’s guesses."
For those of you who are open minded and would like to view the wisdom of a Nobel Laureate, full of fact figures, and common sense, here is a video for you.