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Hey, Climate Change is only natural
June 13, 2008, 8:34 am
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I don’t need to cite any sources to show that all the global warming alarmists blame fossil fuels for global warming. We hear it all the time. We are also told to cut our carbon dioxide emissions and buy a certain kind of light bulb, yada yada yada.

But I think it is necessary to look beyond our own planet to get a better idea about global warming and climate change in general, as well as the history of the climate on our planet. So if it turns out to be a natural process then there is nothing we can do to avoid it. It would be inevitable.

It turns out that there is climate change on other planets. An article in Cosmos Magazine from April 5, 2007 says that it is happening on Mars. — It reports that Mars could actually be warming four times faster than Earth. It says,

On Mars, there have been an unusual number of massive, planet-darkening storms over the last 30 years, and computer models indicate that surface air temperatures on the Red Planet increased by 0.65°C from the 1970s to the 1990s. Residual ice on the Martian south pole, the researchers note, has steadily retreated over the last four years.

I would like to emphasize that is without all the pollution. After all, nobody lives there. — When I learned about this, I had my first ever basis for believing that climate change was natural here on earth as well, especially if Mars, an uninhabited planet can warm up four times faster than one that has over 6 billion people.

It also mentions that on earth there are many natural ways for the climate to change such as shifts in the earths axis, and natural greenhouse gases that are emitted by plant life and volcanic eruptions.

Also, according to an article in Space Daily  Philip Marcus, a professor at the University of California Berkely’s Department of Engineering predicted (in April 2004) that there would be climate change on Jupiter. He said,

I predict that due to the loss of these atmospheric whirlpools, the average temperature on Jupiter will change by as much as 10 degrees Celsius, getting warmer near the equator and cooler at the poles. This global shift in temperature will cause the jet streams to become unstable and thereby spawn new vortices. It’s an event that even backyard astronomers will be able to witness.

But for fairness’ sake he seems to believe that earth’s climate change is caused man made as well as natural forces. I don’t want to misrepresent his views. — However, his prediction came true. World Net Daily reported May 23, 2008 that Jupiter was indeed going through climate change.

A branch of the NASA website also showed a picture of certain spots on Jupiter and said that,

Jupiter’s recent outbreak of red spots is likely related to large scale climate change as the gas giant planet is getting warmer near the equator.

An implication here is that if Mars and Jupiter are going through natural climate change, then why not Earth?

Well, as a matter of fact, several scientists do believe the climate change we are going through is natural. For example, there is S. Fred Singer the editor of the 2008 study entitled “Nature, Not Human Activity Rules the Climate.” Also there is Roy W. Spencer, the author of “Climate Confusion” and the online study “Global Warming and Nauture’s Thermostat.” Also, there are the signers of the Manhattan Declaration. The text of the Declaration can be found here. — I think I show this adequately in “Global Warming consensus? I see none.”

Most interestingly, one scientist, Robert Essenhigh of Ohio State University believes that global warming is natural and it may naturaly revers itself in 20 years.

Essenhigh believes that the people that blame global warming on fossil fuels fail to take into account the great amount of carbon dioxide that enters and leaves the atmosphere as part of a natural process as an exchange from and to the seas and plant life. He then says,

Many scientists who have tried to mathematically determine the relationship between carbon dioxide and global temperature would appear to have vastly underestimated the significance of water in the atmosphere as a radiation-absorbing gas. If you ignore the water, you’re going to get the wrong answer.

Also, as an explanation as to why so many scientists could overlook these details he mentions a study done by the National Academy of Sciences done on the subject in 1977 which failed to take these details into account. And then other researchers overlooked the same details as they used that study as a basis for their own research.

Later as he talks about carbon dioxide emissions and its influence in the climate he says,

At 6 billion tons, humans are then responsible for a comparatively small amount – less than 5 percent – of atmospheric carbon dioxide. And if nature is the source of the rest of the carbon dioxide, then it is difficult to see that man-made carbon dioxide can be driving the rising temperatures. In fact, I don’t believe it does.

Essenhigh then estimates that the weather will cool off and that we will be heading for an ice age.

— Another scientist, Phil Chapman a geophysicist and astronautical engineer, agrees. He points to solar activity which made him worry. He was quoted as saying, “Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh.” He also thinks those worried about global warming “need to take off the blinders and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead.” (See Scientist: earth cooling, not warming. Also see Critic cites stats – Earth cooling, not warming up)

Finally, Dr. Robert C. Balling, a professor in the climatology program at Arizona State University, in his paper “Breaking the Hockey Stick: Global Warming’s Latest Brawl” says that,

Evidence from throughout the world shows that the planet was relatively warm 1,000 years ago during the Medieval Warm Period and relatively cold 500 years ago during the Little Ice Age. When the 1°C (1.8°F) of global warming of the past 100 years is considered in the context of climate variability of the last 1,000 years, the recent warming looks quite natural and nothing out of the ordinary.

He also gives a graph which shows the climate in the northern hemosphere over the last 10,000 years. It shows that there were periods in time that were warmer than ours. He claims there is nothing unusual about the warming in the 20th century.

All in all, when one takes into account the scientific opinions of the experts cited here, as well as climate change on other planets there seems to be no reason to believe that global warming is anything but natural. And if it’s naural, then if we try to fight it then it will be a losing battle. — A recent study says that it would cost $45 trillion to fight global warming. But then, this money would be all wasted, going into a worthless, though sincere, cause.

But I think the global warming debate is here to stay, at least for a long time to come. After all, many benefit off the scare. Phil Chapmans says,

It will be difficult for people to face the truth when their reputations, careers, government grants or hopes for social change depend on global warming, but the fate of civilisation may be at stake.

Such a man was David Evans, a scientist that once was a believer in the global warming scare. He admitted,

This evidence was not conclusive, but why wait until we are absolutely certain when we apparently need to act now? So the idea that carbon emissions were causing global warming passed from the scientific community into the political realm. Research increased, bureaucracies were formed, international committees met, and eventually the Kyoto protocol was signed in 1997 to curb carbon emissions.

The political realm in turn fed money back into the scientific community. By the late 1990s, lots of jobs depended on the idea that carbon emissions caused global warming. Many of them were bureaucratic, but there were a lot of science jobs created too.

I was on that gravy train, making a high wage in a science job that would not have existed if we didn’t believe carbon emissions caused global warming. And so were lots of people around me; there were international conferences full of such people. We had political support, the ear of government, big budgets. We felt fairly important and useful (I did anyway). It was great. We were working to save the planet!

Whether or not the evidence was conclusive he was certain of what he was doing and he stood to benefit. Certainly, there are others that are now in the same position that David Evans was in before he saw the light.


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