Modernity’s Contribution to the War on Global Warming


Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’… too low to see… Believe you me! Period.

We’re very dangerous people. Better spend the night alone in the redwoods or avoid getting too close because we’re exposing all around us to more than 100 times the amount of CO2 in our exhaled breaths than a polar bear experiences.

My second-hand CO2 is running about 40,000 to 53,000 ppm (parts per million)–i.e., 4% – 5.3% Carbon dioxide (wiki). By comparison, just 0.0387% of the air we’re breathing in is CO2–i.e., about 387 ppm or 0.000387ths by volume.

The government wants so badly to regulate us but it doesn’t take a genius to know that the  the CO2 we breathe or our lifestyles generate is picayune (see, Perspective, 101: Green House Gases). As the current global cooling trend continues, has global cooling become the new warming? It doesn’t take a weatherman to understand why socialists feel driven to use government to control our CO2 by taking our liberty.

Communism and environmentalism – we are talking about two ideologies that are structurally very similar. They are against individual freedom. They are in favor of centralist master-minding of our fates. They are both very similar in telling us what to do, how to live, how to behave, what to eat, how to travel, what we can do and what we cannot do. There is a huge similarity in this respect. ~Vaclav Klaus

If we were planning a mission outside the solar system we’d want lots of CO2 to grow healthy plants for our journey to the stars–e.g., growers keep CO2 levels at 1,000 to 2,000 ppm in Earthly greenhouses, which is about the level you’d find in a lecture hall full of students and pretty much what has been normal over most of Earth’s 550 million year history. Plants begin to die below 150 ppm. The Sahara wasn’t always a desert. Dr. Will Happer testified before the U.S. Senate that, “the planet is currently starved of CO2, and has been so starved for several million years.”

Trees love C02; and, the most devout global warming alarmist apparently loves trees 20 times more than you do. For example, if you are an average household, the electricity you use in a year would run Al Gore’s home for a couple of weeks (i.e., 22,619 kWh/mo., as reported by the Nashville Electric Service). How did Al Gore arrive to pick up an Academy Award for his crockumentary, An Inconvenient Truth, by magic carpet or one of John Travolta’s private jets?

However, the real problem isn’t questionable or fake science, hysterical claims and worthless computer models that predict global warming disasters. It’s that they’re being used to justify telling Africans that we shouldn’t build coal or natural gas electrical power plants. It’s the almost total absence of electricity keeping us from creating jobs and becoming modern societies. It’s that these policies KILL… Al Gore uses more electricity in a week than 28 million Ugandans together use in a year. And those anti-electricity policies are keeping us impoverished. (Fiona Kobusingye, Africa’s real climate crisis)

When Kristen Byrnes at age 15 wrote a term paper devastating Gore’s documentary, she was not on the side of the scientific consensus. Highschooler Byrnes (Ponder the Maunder) took a serious look at the Gore’s truther-documentary and came to a politically-incorrect conclusion about Americans being the cause of global warming by simply going about the business of earning a living. Mother Nature even cooperated with Byrnes: what Climatists claimed — that there would be global warming —  didn’t happen. Period. Byrnes pulled back the curtain on academic superstition and ignorance, exposing Gore for what he is: the Left’s charlatan king with no clothes. (See–e.g., Skepticism of Climatism Focuses on the Left’s Motives)

The only way to have real success in science … is to describe the evidence very carefully without regard to the way you feel it should be. If you have a theory, you must try to explain what’s good about it and what’s bad about it equally. In science you learn a kind of standard integrity and honesty. ~Richard Feynman

Issues concerning the integrity and credibility of Climatists have reached the point where the public should no longer be forced to underwrite a view that, long term projection is ‘do-able’ and climate change is a real issue for high-level policy agendas. Government-funded Climatology has become nothing more than a tool to increase the size and scope of government at the expense of traditional American principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility.

It is sort of like the current political argument surrounding Obamacare. A question has arisen concerning what basic honesty requires in the way of providing the necessary caveats that allow voters to make intelligent decisions about various matters that concern them. Some believe it was dishonest — especially knowing it wasn’t true at the time — to say –e.g., “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”

The alternative view is that it is the fault of the people for being so stupid as to believe what they are told by a politician. In Climatology, the necessary caveat (or are we just stupid to believe anything Climatists say) should be–e.g., “even if we believe long term projections are ‘do-able’ — say, 50 years out — we’ll have to wait 50 years to find out if we are right.”

…even if a consensus of climate scientists on alleged anthropogenic climate change actually did exist, it would prove nothing. Frank J. Tipler

Public money should no longer be used to fund the creation of fantasy GCMs when — as we learned early on with the example of Michael Mann’s ‘hockey stick’ — they are more religious than scientific. The Left is so desperate to find a theology that will provide future meaning, they dreamed up the illusion that their feeding off of the productive like government-funded gadflies provides a worthwhile service to society. But, endless filing cabinets full of official global warming research have proven to be nothing more than lockers crammed with cash-for-clunkers junk-science. “It does not matter who you are, or how smart you are, or what title you have, or how many of you there are, and certainly not how many papers your side has published, if your prediction is wrong then your hypothesis is wrong. Period.” ~Richard Feynman

Although it has been only a little over twenty years since the Montreal Protocol, which effectively created a global ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the interesting history of the ozone hole has slipped under the radar, largely eclipsed by the much greater story of the anthropogenic global warming fraud. It’s interesting to revisit the CFC/ozone depletion scam and note the striking similarities to the current campaign against CO2. ~David S. Van Dyke, American Thinker

The government could burn through a billion more dollars on filing cabinets full of worthless junk science but the real harm done by global warming fearmongering is cutting GDP growth and that amounts to hundreds of billions of dollars and millions of jobs lost, and futures of the next generation destroyed, and poorer nations being deprived of the benefits of modernity; and, that KILLS. How many have died from malaria because of the global ban on DDT? (See—e.g.,  DDT Ban Breeds Death).

Fear of global warming has been great for academia and the Left from the beginning because it, “makes industry and capitalism look bad while affording endless visuals of animals and third-world humans suffering at the hands of wealthy Westerners,” as Van Dyke noticed, plus: “Best of all, being driven by junk-science that easily metamorphoses as required, it appeared to be endlessly self-sustaining.” If you believe government scientists saved the world from DDT, overpopulationacid rain, the ozone hole — just as they have rescued polar bears from the brink of extinction and stopped the seas from rising — then, I have a photograph you might want to buy of George Bush and Big Foot playing hockey on the Whitehouse lawn.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and reflect
. ~Mark Twain

(Note: updated with additional information, Thursday, October 31, 2013)

About Wagathon

Hot World Syndrome—fear of a hotter, more intimidating world than it actually is prompting a desire for more protection than is warranted by any actual threat. A Chance Meeting– We toured south along the Bicentennial Bike Trail in the Summer of 1980, working up appetites covering ~70 miles per day and staying at hiker/biker campgrounds at night along the Oregon/California coast (they were 50¢ a day at that time). The day's ride over, and after setting up tents, hitting the showers, and making a run to a close-by store, it was time to relax. The third in our little bicycle tour group, Tom, was about 30 yards away conversing with another knot of riders and treating himself to an entire cheesecake for dinner. He probably figured Jim and I would joke about what a pig he was eating that whole pie and decided to eat among strangers. Three hours later after sharing stories and remarking on a few coincidences that turned up here and there, Tom and one of the former strangers realized they were cousins, meeting in this most unlikely place for the first time. ~Mac
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