This week, our writer Gary Boyd posted an article calling out global warming alarmists. Our other staff writer, Martin Hempfling decided to write a rebuttal to this article to debunk global warming skeptics, which in turn led to the following response article from Gary below.
The Three Myths of Global Warming
The very first myth that the earth is warming is that all scientists agree that it is, which absolutely is not the facts! All scientists do not agree the earth is warming and have data to prove what they believe are the facts. Global satellite data is the best way to measure global warming to check climate measurements. The satellite data, so far to date, since 1979 has shown no measurable increases or any evidence to show that the globe is warming. In fact, the earth experienced a far greater warming period between the 10th and 15th centuries that was designated as the medieval warming period then is happening today.
Medieval Warming Period
The time between the 10th and 15th centuries was a time of unusually warm weather and continued until the 15th century when a cold period known as the "Little Ice Age" appeared. The warmer climate resulted in a remarkable increase of prosperity, knowledge, and new art forms in Europe. Agriculture thrived, marshes and swamps dried up, eliminating breeding grounds for mosquitoes that was spreading malaria and killing the population off at the time. Former wetlands were converted to productive farmland that helps reduce infant mortality and increase the population that had been devastated by disease before this time. It is estimated that the European population increased to approximately 60 million at the end of this warm period.
Vikings moved from Iceland to Greenland to colonize it and built settlements in Canada. Greenland prosperity reached its height in the later part of the 12th century and the start of the 13th centuries, when over 3,000 colonists occupied over 280 farms. The settlers experienced difficulty in the late 14th century at the beginning of the "Little Ice Age" cooling. The settlements were finally abandoned in the 15th century when it had become too cool to raise any crops. The warming that humanity is experiencing today is simply the result of the emergence from "the Little Ice Age", which was close to the time of the founding of our nation.
Of course the irony of all these global warming scare tactics is that a slightly warmer climate with an increase in carbon dioxide (plants thrive on carbon dioxide) is actually very beneficial to the earth, as opposed to having a negative effect. Economic studies, done by economics professor Robert O. Mendelsohm of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, have demonstrated that moderate warming and higher carbon dioxide levels will increase the total value of all final goods and services (GNP), and will increase standards of living, primarily by improving agriculture and forestry. Homes in the North could have heating fuel savings, farmers in Canada could become richly supplied with cod and oil riches, shippers could rely upon an Artic shortcut between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and forests could expand making available more wood for construction while lowering the price at the same time.
The Second Myth of Global Warming
The second myth is a tall tale that the environmentalists have tried to sell the whole world and have tried to get us to swallow hook, line, and sinker. Scientists aren't buying it, however. The premise is that the whole of mankind is causing the so called global warming, evidence for such an assertion happens to be minuscule at best. The majority of true scientists, however, do not agree humanity has exerted any discernible influence upon global climate. According to a Gallup poll only 17% of the members of the Meteorological Society and American Geophysical Society believe that current global warming conditions is the result of greenhouse gas emissions, 83% disagree. It is true that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by 28% in the past 160 years, but the amount of carbon dioxide generated by humanity is minuscule to any global warming because the majority of the warming occurred prior to 1940, prior to carbon dioxide emissions from human beings.
Global warming theory assumes the earth is naturally in a state of global energy balance (i.e. absorbed sunlight = emitted infrared). Catchy metaphors have been used to seize public approval. Phrases like "greenhouse gasses" and the "greenhouse effect." When you try to make an argument by metaphor it can be dangerous and misleading. The "greenhouse" metaphor is used to promote the idea that putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere will make the earth more like a greenhouse that will increase global temperature. Temperature, it should be noted, is a statistic, not an actual measurement. Actually, the major historical unknown is how to define what is "normal." In other words, what is a global average temperature? It is impossible to specify any human caused effect upon the global temperature unless these questions can be answered. Therefore, the psychology behind global warming is to sell bad news with eschewed figures that also helps to sell their story and generate funding for their supposed cause. The cause so far looks like filling their pockets is the main gain.
Greenhouses do not function like the atmosphere. There are other aspects involved, like fluid dynamics and infrared radiation. A greenhouse controls fluid dynamical energy drain from the surface by placing something like glass or plastic above the plants, which allows solar radiation to pass through the glass or plastic, but air cannot. If the flow balance between dynamical energy and infrared radiation is halted, then the greenhouses are not warm because they trap infrared radiation, but that is the issue that global warming advocates want the public to believe. It is simply impossible to halt the release of energy from the earth through fluid dynamics. Greenhouses are controlled to produce certain heating, but the planet is not. The earth cannot and never will be a greenhouse because it is impossible to control fluid dynamical flow. To assert otherwise is not science, but religious faith. That is what the environmental movement has become, however, a fanaticism that is religious in nature, cynical to the point that if you do not believe in what they are espousing then you are doomed to burn up with the planet.
The 3rd Myth of Global Warming
The third myth of global warming is that somehow government must intervene to stop global warming and help us all cut back on our carbon dioxide production. The intelligence behind this myth is that the consequences of inaction will be catastrophic; therefore, prudence demands immediate government action. However, there is absolutely no scientific consensus that global warming is a problem are in any way are humans its cause. Even if current predications of warming is correct, delaying drastic government actions by even 25 years will make little difference in global temperature 100 years from now. Proposed treaty restrictions would do little environmental good and tremendous economic harm. Conversely, delaying action until there is more evidence of human caused global warming, and better technology to mitigate it, is both a positive environmental and economical response.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Federal attempts to control so called greenhouse gas emissions are vacuous and unnecessary. Nevertheless, there are state governors demanding carbon dioxide emissions limits on automobiles; there are major cities demanding mandatory carbon dioxide controls; the Supreme Court recently declared that carbon dioxide is a pollutant that may need to be regulated. When you mention regulation you also must realize that with that regulation would come certain fees and taxes and another way for the government to claim money from you simply because they can. Why would the government be so worried about carbon dioxide when it only amount to .1% makeup of the air and soon dissipates when vegetation sucks it up. Simply because it is another revenue stream they can add to government coffers without doing much to get it.
I must mention that it is noteworthy that there are direct benefits to tens of thousands of interested people to perpetuate all the global warming scare tactics to the uneducated, this, of course is at the expense of the ordinary consumer. Global environmental organizations, such as the Global Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club have all profited many billions of dollars through multi-billion dollar government subsides, which are continually getting larger, for ineffective and ineffectual mitigation schemes. Emission trading programs will soon generate profits of $100 billion yearly, with sizeable fees paid to brokers and those who regulate these programs. You must realize that this is big business and you must be intelligent enough to know that there are many people who are benefiting from these climate scare tactics and who obviously have an ensconced interest. There are many sincere individuals who have been duped to believe that a global warming catastrophe is imminent, and whose fears are encouraged by the many increasing volumes of biased and prejudiced books, movies ( like "Inconvenient Truth"), and skewed media coverage.
The Al Gore Group
I cannot complete this third myth by not mentioning Al Gore (presidential candidate that if he would have carried his home state of Tennessee would have won the presidency) who has a company by the name of Global Solutions who stands to benefit by the billions if he can dupe the world into believing they can fight this global warming threat by a world tax on every individual. This is so felonious and fraudulent that I just had to mention that he has been the major perpetrator of this myth since day one.
If people want to believe in this fairy tale while calling names at the ones that do not, just remember this is not settled science, 83% of scientists do not agree there is global warming for the simple fact the earth has been cooling the last 13 years. Look it up…