Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Climate on planet Earth

I am struck by the following article:

We must be careful. Now that the socialist, nanny-state advocating administration has had their healthcare agenda snubbed by the electorate, they are turning their sights to global socialism. Their ultimate goal, in my opinion, is what they refer to as “economic equity”. They have failed to bring this economic equity to the world by propping up under-developed areas of the world through governmental charity. Through cap-and-trade(tax) they will take money from industrialized nations and give it to developing nations “so that they can develop green-friendly economies”. The United States government through USAID (this does not include all of the money from other US governmental organization, non-governmental organizations, and charity organizations) has given more than 3.2 Billion dollars to Haiti since the end of WWII. That money did not help their corrupt government to create an economy much less a “green” one.

So, the alternative is to crush the economically successful areas of the world down to the level of the under-developed world. Blindly they think that some sort of balance will result where everyone will be happy, well-fed, and cared-for. This is not an altogether unworthy goal; it is just misguided in it approaches. Here is a direct quote from the article:

“For carbon dioxide, cap and trade would eventually make the cost of using coal and other dirty-burning fossil fuels so high that cleaner, more expensive energysources such as wind and solar power would emerge.”

They are not talking about making wind and solar power cheaper so that they are more viable alternatives, they are talking about making the use of coal and fossil fuels so expensive that we have no alternative but to use the energy sources that they want us to use.

And here is another quote from the author of the article:

“The Senate trio's success or failure likely will have a profound impact on international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and prevent Earth's temperature from exceeding a possibly dangerous 2 degree Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) increase from pre-industrial times.”

Again, the author is not quoting an expert. He is just giving his own personal (probably non-expert) opinion. This is conjecture at best. In my “opinion” the sun has more to do with these changes than we can possibly hope to have at any point in the foreseeable future. Our ability to affect or control the Earth’s climate is extremely limited.

Most of the global-warming fanatical proponents of cap-and-trade(tax) ignore the fact that water vapor is the component of the Earth’s atmosphere that is most responsible for the greenhouse effect that allows life on Earth to exist at all. If not for Earth’s greenhouse effect the Earth would look more like Mars than the beautiful life supporting planet that it is. They, instead, concentrate on gases like carbon dioxide, and methane. Carbon dioxide constitutes four hundredths of a percent (0.0004) of the Earth’s atmosphere. This is up from three hundredths of a percent (0.0003) over the last 300 years. Methane constitutes two ten thousandths of a percent (0.000002) of the Earth’s atmosphere. This is up from seven hundred thousandths of a percent (0.0000007) in the last 250 years. These numbers are not impressive.

So I ask, what is more probable. Is it more likely that mankind that has reined Earth for 2 million of the Earth’s 4.5 billion year life-span has done so much damage to the Earth that we now threaten our own existence through our misguided attempts to live comfortably on this planet or is the alternative more likely. Could it be more likely that a rapidly spinning planet that wobbles on its axis spiraling around a medium-sized star that bobs up and down on its trek around the outside of an average-to-large galaxy that is one of a countless others in the universe. Life is tenuous and it is precarious. If we wander through life thinking that everything revolves around us that that we through our actions can control everything then we are doomed to failure. We must be resilient and robust. We must learn to deal with everything that the Universe has to throw at us, whether it is a stray comet or asteroid or if it is a natural shift in our climate.

Abandoning our long-term goals of venturing into space worries me. Like children that grown up and head out into the world on their own, we must leave the nest and make it out on our own if we are to survive

For more information check out the following link that has a lot of good information.

It draws the following conclusion: "The sun, not a gas, is primarily to "blame" for global warming -- and plays a very key roll in global temperature variations as well.

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