Climate Change and Burrito Science

Burrito Science

Can 1.8 Millionths of a Pepper…
a Hot Burrito Make?

All warming on Earth comes to us from a sole-provider: nominally, the Sun. A lot of solar energy is simply reflected away, back into space, by the atmosphere, clouds and the Earth’s surface. Still, a lot gets through: about 50 percent of the Sun’s radiated energy warms the oceans and the other 2/5ths of the Earth’s surface. Less than 20% of the solar energy is absorbed by atmospheric gasses and clouds.

Water vapor is the main atmospheric ‘greenhouse’ gas (GHG), making up about 4% of the atmosphere –i.e., 40,000 parts per million (ppm). By comparison, CO2 is 400 ppm (a hundred times smaller –i.e., 4/100ths of 1%); and, the total yearly increase in atmospheric CO2 from all sources (including all that is released into the atmosphere by all humanity) is just 1.8 ppm –e.g., like the hot sauce made from about two jalapeño seeds to spice up a burrito the size of a 32 inch English farmhouse sink.

Even if we assumed that humanity produced all of the yearly CO2 increase, meteorologist Joe Bastardi (Two Simple Questions…) says, “The EPA estimates that the U.S. contributes about 1/5th of the CO2 man emits, which would be .20 x 1.8 ppm, or .36” In other words, we’re talking about an increase of 0.36 ppm of CO2 gas that has 1/100th of the effect of water vaper that together with all GHGs has 1/1000th of the effect of the ocean on Earth’s climate. Bastardi says you should ask Mr. Gore two simple questions:

What is the perfect temperature for the planet? Do you really believe that the U.S.‘ contribution of 0.36 parts per million of CO2 has any provably measurable effect on weather/climate?

Common sense says we’d be insane to help Al Gore hand over the U.S. economy to the Democrat party and the Eurocommies. The evidence for global warming is lacking and despite predictions to the contrary from global warming alarmists, Western academia – that has been far to eager to facilitate fears of climate catastrophism – has failed to show any significant global warming over the last 17-plus years. Reason dictates that if warming and not cooling lies ahead, humanity still will be no more the cause of it than it ever was.

In 1990, the IPCC’s central estimate of near-term warming was higher by two-thirds than it is today. Then it was 2.8 C/century equivalent. Now it is just 1.7 Cº equivalent [Remarkably, even the IPCC’s latest and much reduced near-term global-warming projections are also excessive (Fig. 3)]… and even that is proving to be a substantial exaggeration. ~MoB (on the Great Pause)

Common sense says we shouldn’t recreate our economy based on a Eurocommunist model that we know does not work. Reason dictates we must oppose ideologues who would use the failed science of global warming to continue to grow a government that does nothing more than regulate America out of a job.

“IPCC and EPA have already shown that being wrong or being caught doesn’t matter,” observes Tim Ball (CO2 data might fit the IPCC hypothesis, but it doesn’t fit reality). “The objective is the scary headline, enhanced by the constant claim it is getting worse at an increasing rate, and time is running out.” If a recent NERA study concerning EPA Ozone regulations is correct, it won’t be long before all we can do is engage in urgent debate because — like squabbling Greeks — we’ll be too broke to do anything but debate:

Manufacturing in the United States is making a comeback, and we’re reducing emissions at the same time, but tightening the current ozone standard to near unachievable levels would serve as a self-inflicted wound to the U.S. economy at the worst possible time. This rule would undermine our work to expand manufacturing in the United States, making it almost impossible to increase operations, create new jobs or keep pace internationally. ~CEO Jay Timmons (NAM)

We definitely have a man-made disaster on our hands. We no longer understand how the world works. As government-education factories churn out one AGW-fearing, blue city whacka-a-mole after another, we’re putting our futures into the hands of politicians who will promise anything to get elected and who are good at just one thing: using propaganda and spinning the truth to demonize those who really work to bring us the goods and services we enjoy. “Why has punditry lately overtaken news?” asks Farhad Manjoo (True Enough: Learning To Live In A Post-fact Society). “Why do lies seem to linger so long in the cultural subconscious even after they’ve been thoroughly discredited? And why, when more people than ever before are documenting the truth with laptops and digital cameras, does fact-free spin and propaganda seem to work so well?”

The Great Tragedy of Science – the slaying of a
beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
~T.H. Huxley

Updated 5 August 2014

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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