Global Warming Hysteria Emboldens Pandering Politicians, Creates Fear in the Rest of Us
If you are anything like me, it is hard to know how to respond to all the global warming hysteria. There are alarmists and there are deniers, and apparently never the twain shall meet. What to do?
How to make scientific sense of it all?
Well, meet Roy W. Spencer, a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama (Huntsville). According to his brief bio on his amazon.com Author page:
“Dr. Spencer was formerly a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA. He is co-developer of the original satellite method for precise monitoring of global temperatures from Earth-orbiting satellites. He has provided congressional testimony several times on the subject of global warming and authored the 2008 New York Times bestseller, Climate Confusion.”
His second book is equally interesting and explains the scope of his ongoing research: The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World’s Top Climate Scientists.
These books are fascinating, witty, expertly researched, and serve as critical learning tools for non-scientists.
They are written for the interested public, not the scientific community; and they show that the facts behind global warming are as confusing and confounding today as ever. Yes, that is despite the billions of dollars that have already been invested in dead-end climate research hypotheses.
In these two books you will be introduced to the basics of climate science and certainly to the most confounding concern of all; namely whether climate change is human caused, or whether it is largely naturally induced.
Contrary to popular belief, Dr. Spencer makes it abundantly clear there is no real consensus among climate scientists about global warming. Credible science he says, must be, by default, non-political and non-judgemental. His readers will learn how the intermingling of the philosophical, economic and political underpinnings of climate science (and of science in general) lead to bad science and also to poor public policy decisions by politicians.
Poorly informed main-stream media folks would have you believe otherwise, of course, but climate science is way-yyyy above their pay scale and pandering, self-aggrandizing politicians know it. Consequently, the media attach themselves to the loudest voices and to the boldest scientific statements without the skills to properly distinguish truth from fiction, or faux consensus from critical and independent published research that disagrees.
They also have no understanding of the complexity of the climate systems they are writing about, which leads to spurious group think at best.
As you know, the citizen public has grown increasingly tired of the warming hysteria that stirs great angst and panic without any real proof of the climate catastrophes that may (or may not) lie ahead.
Dr. Spencer details all of this, and more. And, while C02 has risen (imperceptibly) during the last 100 years, carbon dioxide is also an elixir of life on Earth. Without it there would be no life on Earth, as every climate scientist knows full well; and biologists as well.
Spencer offers tantalizing evidence in his 2nd book to show that the Earth’s complex climate system is, in fact, far less sensitive to human activity than the alarmists would have you believe. And this is, of course, on top of the fact that internal natural cycles have been chaotically warming and cooling the Earth for millennia.
Read these books — both are important — and discover for yourself what the furor is all about, and why. Also watch the VIDEO LECTURES listed at the end of this post.
I recommend them highly!
I want to share the following comments I received, as they reflect opposite ends of the climate debate. They offer us much food for thought!
“Ellen, you are entitled to believe what you wish but, as a scientist with a PhD in Thermal Engineering, I am convinced that the blanket of CO2 we are creating is warming the earth resulting in glacier melting and sea level rise. There is much more that can be said but I don’t have the time to engage in an argument that I can do very little about.” ~Burt~
“Several years ago, an accusation was leveled that I was one of about twenty people on the planet that didn’t accept anthropogenic global warming (AGW). Sadly, our number was reduced with the death of that intellectual giant, Dr. Michael Crichton.
In his writings, Dr. Crichton likens the atmosphere to a football field:
“The goal line to the 78 yard-line contains nothing but nitrogen. Oxygen fills the next 21 yards to the 99 yard-line. The final yard, except for four inches, is argon, a wonderfully mysterious inert gas useful for putting out electronic fires. Three of the remaining four inches is crammed with a variety of minor, but essential, gases like neon, helium, hydrogen and methane. And the last inch? Carbon dioxide. One inch out of a hundred-yard field! At this point I like to add, if you were in the stands looking down on the action, you would need binoculars to see the width of that line. And the most important point-how much of that last inch is contributed by man-made activities? Envision a line about as thin as a dime standing on edge. Are you still worried about the dangers of CO2?”
By the time they’re in elementary school, kids in Minnesota link the seasons, warmth and cold, grass and snow, and hours of daylight and darkness to the sun, that wonderful combination camp stove and lantern in the sky.
Their observations are empirical. They know nothing about the internal and external physical, chemical, and biological influences exerted upon the planet. From the far reaches of space… cosmic rays. From our solar system…variances in solar output, solar magnetic influences/solar wind, earth-sun orbital variations, obliquity, earth axial tilt. Earth planetary forces…plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism, ocean current gradients, earth magnetic field variations. Toss in the secondary effects… hurricanes, tornadoes, straight winds, tsunamis, flooding, lightning-caused fires, methane from termites and rice paddies, ruminant flatulence, bacterial and fungal ‘outgassing’ during the decomposition of organic material.
The kids keep it simple…more sun means more light and more warmth; it is cooler in the shade; snow always disappears first on the sunny side of the street. By the time they start studying science, they’re exposed to a few facts:
Matter is neither created nor destroyed, only
changed in form.
The geologic age of planet earth is 4.54 billion years old. (4.54×10^9).
Homo sapiens is 60-100,000 years on the planet. (1.00×10^5).
Industrial revolution man is 250 years old. (2.50×10^2).
How is it possible, they ask, that, in a fraction (0.000000055 or 0.0000055%) of earth time, ‘industrial revolution man’, by keeping warm, planting crops, driving to work, benefiting from AC power, by just going about his normal business, has endangered the survivability of the planet?
How is it possible that a trace gas, CO2, measured in ppm (385ppm), utilized by plants as raw material for photosynthesis, exhaled by mammals, absorbed in H2O, incorporated into shellfish, and functioning as one of nature’s buffering systems might be responsible for an earth calamity?
Further study reveals that 700 million years ago the earth was a giant ball of ice. Ten thousand years ago, the land upon which their hometown is built was under a mile-deep glacier. What happened to that ice? What caused the warming? Why did the climate change? Greenland was once green. The oceans were once 500 feet shallower. The Sahara was a pasture, not a desert.
As the kids mature, they recognize an important distinction in the climate-alarmists’ position. The climate-change gurus are advocates for Gaia. They allege that ‘man’ is making Gaia sick. More specifically, it is ‘western man’, in his wild pursuit of the ‘good life’, that imperils Gaia. Other men, living more modestly, in greater harmony with Gaia, are not held responsible. In their nobility, these citizens are deemed worthy of compensation drawn from the accounts of the profligate.
Furthermore, the kids wonder why the battery of computer models, currently projecting impending doom, are unable to replicate the conditions of the Medieval Warm Period or the Little Ice Age when using their proxy data?
Among those kids who aspire to the status of ‘philosopher kings’, fundamental ‘truths’ began to coalesce. Man, alone among the species of the Earth, has moved beyond the elemental functions of life…eating, peeing, pooping, sleeping, fighting, copulating. Man is special. Only Man has been granted knowledge of the Creator and spends time pondering such things. He has been granted dominion over God’s creation. No other species, visible or invisible, has philosophers, politicians, healers, dreamers, farmers, plumbers, pilots, musicians, geeks, nerds, or professional athletes. No other species has mortgages, retirement accounts, medical insurance, drives automobiles, flies space craft, or explores the oceans and the cosmos.
Then, there are other kids who may choose to agree with Professor Stephen W. Hawking, who says that on a planetary scale, man is merely ‘pond scum’.
Regardless, every decision made by Man about these matters should be assessed only in terms of whether ‘it is in Man’s (or pond scum’s) best interest’…that is, anthropocentric.
If it is found to be in Man’s interest, it should follow that it will likely be in the interest of the rest of the species and the planet.
Should Man err, he disappears. The planet will, without pause, consume his remains and move forward…as history has recorded. ~Zeb~
Zeb’s Credentials: Engineer; Veterinarian; Jet Pilot; Studied physical sciences, biological sciences, meteorology. I don’t need attribution…just an old fart with the above creds who does his own homework
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by Australian Geologist Ian Plimer
YouTube Video: 14.46 MIN
Warmists Stunned by Roger Pielke in Senate Testimony on Climate Change by Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr and Dr. Roy W. Spencer
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GLOBAL WARMING DENIER DR. ROY W. SPENCER v. SEN. BARBARA BOXER
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Nobel Laureate in Physics; “Global Warming is Pseudoscience”
by 1973 Nobel Prizewinner for Physics Dr. Ivar Giaever
YouTube Video: 32:21
Climate Science Debate: Global Warming Alarmist VS. Global Warming Skeptic [Dr. Scott Denning VS. Dr. Roy Spencer]
YouTube Video: 1:03:24 MIN
Dr. Fred Goldberg Squashes Climate Alarmism
YouTube Video: 1:17:30 MIN
Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming: Joseph Bast
YouTube Video: 2:22:53
NASA Scientists Invalidate the Global Warming Hypothesis
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Professor Judith Curry – The State of the Climate Debate
YouTube Video: 1:08:26 [Published on Jan 12, 2017]