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Global (Solar System) Warming…

Written by Matt on June 29, 2007 – 12:47 pm -

Which is warmer, night or day?

What is the hottest part of day, and why?

Between Winter and Summer, which is the hottest, and why?

While those questions seemed so simple, they actually have a lot to do with Global Warming. While some want you to believe Earth’s climate can be changed by the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere, I would advise you to stair at the sun for a few moments (not directly, as this may cause permanent eye damage. I would advise you to wear sunglasses as well).

You see how big the Sun is compared to Earth? Without the Sun, we would be experiencing some major global cooling!

A few hundred years ago the Sun was in a period known as the Maunder Minimum, for about seven decades there was nearly no sunspot activity. Coincidentally, Earth was in a period known as the Little Ice Age. So that past century, Earth has been warming because we have been getting back to normal, or just simply getting out of the Little Ice Age. The current warming trend is due to the Sun’s increase in sunspots.

Also in our solar system, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune’s moon Triton, and even Pluto (poor Pluto, it is no longer a planet) are experiencing warming climates. Explain that Al Gore!


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An Inconvenient Fact…

Written by Matt on June 9, 2007 – 10:39 am -

“Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled”
-Al Gore, 1992

So, what does Al Gore consider an insignificant fraction? A Gallup poll of the same time of scientists involved in climate research reported that 53% believed global warming was not occurring, 30% didn’t know whether it was, and only 17% believed it was taking place. This  17% was considered a “consensus” by Al Gore, just like he is today. So, when Al Gore was vice-president, why didn’t he solve global warming then? Why is “Global Warming” still a problem today if Al Gore had eight years to fix it?


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NASA Questions Global Warming…

Written by Matt on June 1, 2007 – 8:24 am -

    “I have no doubt that … a trend of global warming exists. I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with. To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of Earth’s climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn’t change. First of all, I don’t think it’s within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change, as millions of years of history have shown. And second of all, I guess I would ask which human beings — where and when — are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that’s a rather arrogant position for people to take.”
-Michael Griffin, NASA administrator


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Doomsday Delayed…

Written by Matt on May 24, 2007 – 4:40 pm -

WHAT IS GLOBAL WARMING?
-A myth to be debunked

The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.

It has been “concluded” that global warming was behind the record 2005 hurricane season. So why was it that the 2006 hurricane season was so mild?

2005

  • 28 NAMED STORMS
  • 15 HURRICANES (FOUR HITTING THE UNITED STATES)

2006

  • 9 NAMED STORMS
  • 5 HURRICANES (NONE HITTING THE UNITED STATES)

Does these mean that this year, 2007, there will be 3 named storms, and 1 hurricane? No, the hurricane season fluctuates. That’s how records are set. Furthermore, Al Gore wants us to believe that increased hurricanes will be an effect of global warming, in reality, hurricanes are caused because of differences in the poles and the tropics. In essence, it is like a big tornado, caused when a cold front and a warm front collide. If the earth was to rise several degrees, and the ice caps were to melt, wouldn’t that cause less of a difference, causing less hurricanes?

“Malaria has spread to higher altitudes in places like the Colombian Andes, 7,000 feet above sea level.”

Al Gore wants us to believe that increasing temperatures lead to more cases in Malaria. To believe this, you must first believe that Malaria is only a tropical virus. In contrast, the greatest outbreak of Malaria was in the Soviet Union during the 1920’s at nearly 13,000,000 cases per year. In an area next to the Arctic Circle, Archangel, there were 30,000 cases and 10,000 deaths.

“The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past decade.”

Over two centuries ago, the world was in what is called the “Little Ice Age”. If we were in an ice age, that means that if the Earth is slightly warming, it is just the process of the Earth getting back to normal. To further support this theory, under some of the glaciers that have melted recently, we have found remains of human activity, suggesting that before the glaciers were there, humans lived there.

“At least 279 species of plants and animals are already responding to global warming, moving closer to the poles.

They are changing as they always have when it comes to climate change. The earth’s climate has been very different than what it is now, animals have to adapt. For the ones that can’t adapt, its called extinction. Furthermore, because all of the animals on the Earth today aren’t extinct, this means that every time the Earth’s climate has changed, so have they.

“Deaths from global warming will double in just 25 years — to 300,000 people a year.”

That’s 20% faster than the the rate at which the hurricanes doubled! Unless you consider the fact that humans make their own environment, and if the African’s were able to use the coal and oil found in their own continent, then maybe mass starvation and genocide wouldn’t be happening on such the large scale that it is now. Because of trying to cut down on global carbon emissions, developing countries are being told not to develop, or to use costly alternatives such as solar power, an alternative that a lot Americans can’t afford, and is largely inefficient.

“Global sea levels could rise by more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and
Antarctica, devastating coastal areas worldwide.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but a chunk of ice in a glass takes up just as much space as if it is melted into water, furthermore, doesn’t water expand when frozen? Is it possible for the ocean levels to lower if the ice melts?

“Heat waves will be more frequent and more intense.”

Making life in the desert more miserable, and at the same time, giving humans the chance to live in other parts of the world that would be unconventional right now.

“Droughts and wild
fires will occur more often.”

Rain comes from water vapor, which is the number one greenhouse gas at 95% of the greenhouse gases, and the water vapor gets into the sky from evaporation. If the temperature slightly increases, I would predict more rain instead of less rain, and wouldn’t this lead to less droughts and wildfires? When is the last time you heard about a natural fire plaguing a rain forest?

“The Arctic Ocean could be ice free in summer by 2050.”
“More than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by 2050.”

There have been many times in the Earth’s history when the climate has been much warmer, as well as much cooler than it is now. So what leads anyone to believe that now mass extinction is going to occur, when only a few thousand years ago the average temperature was higher than it is now, and only two hundred years ago the average temperature was much lower than it is now. Why is this change in climate going to trigger mass extinction?

The movie “An Inconvenient Truth” is entirely based on the theory that carbon in the atmosphere causes increased temperature. Furthermore, it blames carbon dioxide emitted from humans as the primary cause of the greenhouse effect. Carbon dioxide isn’t the number one greenhouse gas, water vapor is. Carbon dioxide accounts for only .03% of the gases in the atmosphere, with the majority of that coming from volcanoes and the oceans, not humans. When oceans are warmer, they release carbon dioxide, cold water holds it in. Actually, while Al Gore is correct in saying average global temperatures and carbon levels in the atmosphere are connected, he has it backwards. He claims that increased carbon leads to increased temperatures. Really, the average temperatures slightly raise, and then a few hundred years later, the carbon levels in the atmosphere steadily rise. Instead of depending on the level of carbon dioxide, the Earth’s temperature directly is related to the sun’s activity.


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Global Warming (Getting The Facts Straight)…

Written by Matt on May 6, 2007 – 5:35 pm -

Friday, I was sitting in my first period (Ecology class), working on an assignment, when suddenly something in the book caught my eye. It was a section on climate change. I figured I would give it a look, so I did. Surprisingly enough, instead of warning everyone about global warming, and how humans were the only cause of it, it mentions about how the Earth’s climate almost entirely depends on the sun, and how at some points in time the sun is hotter than other points, causing Earth to randomly heat and cool. It also mentioned about how the Earth goes through natural cycles of climate change. This really surprised me, in this class, the teacher almost weekly preaches about how global warming is terrible, real, and is our fault. I suppose maybe I should show him what the book says about this!


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Global Cooling (What You Haven’t Heard)…

Written by Matt on April 8, 2007 – 12:42 am -

In a decade, America’s mighty rivers will have reached the boiling point
-Edwin Newman, 1970

This statement was made over thirty years ago, and I have yet to see any river that is anywhere near the boiling point. 1970 was the year the first “Earth Day” was held. I guess you could even say 1970 was the birth of the environmental movement. For the first Earth Day, can you guess what the biggest concern was? If you were to say “global warming”, you would be wrong. Actually, the biggest concern was global cooling. That’s right, over thirty years ago, environmentalists were telling us we were on the edge of another ice age. They were blaming the usual culprit, pollution. Kenneth E. F Watt of the University of California stated “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder the year 2000,”.

Back in the year of Hurricane Katrina, there were a lot of hurricanes. I remember numerous people blame all of the hurricanes on increasing ocean temperatures, and then those same people predicted that the following year (2006) would be even worse because the ocean temperatures were rising. We all know how that turn out. 2006 had 9 named storms and hurricanes, compared to 28 in 2005.

How often do you hear about global warming on Mars? One thing I know, Al-Gore keeps blaming global warming on human activity, the burning of fossil fuels. I hope there is no-one that would argue that the same is happening on Mars. Possibly, Earth and Mars are both going through an altogether natural climate change caused by the sun, not carbon emissions.

What about global warming in ancient Egypt? NASA interpreted records stored by the Egyptians (Water levels of the Nile), and determine climate change was happening then, and again determined it was the sun causing it. Again, I don’t believe it were humans that caused the climate change there.

What about more recently? While Al-Gore was in Congress alarming them of the crisis; In Anchorage, Alaska, fire hydrants froze, some of them bursting into the air, and sent water flowing into buildings. Furthermore, this Winter was colder than average. Where does all of this fit the picture? Dr. James Hansen predicted a .34 degrees Centigrade increase in global temperature in the 90’s, yet actually there was only a .11 degrees increase, however, lower atmosphere temperatures actually declined. The IPCC is United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Robert Watson is chairmen of the panel. He spread a myth that only 2% of scientists disagreed with global warming, or at least didn’t think humans were the cause of it. However, he looked over the fact that 17,000 scientists signed a petition stating they disagreed with global warming, and here is the information they base their belief in.

Five years is all we have left if we are going to preserve any kind of quality in the world
-Paul Enrich, 1970

January 27th, 2006, Al-Gore stated we have ten years left until earth cooks. So do you believe him?


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