Monday, February 12, 2007
Global Warming Brouhaha
All of Al Gore's "movies" and "expertise" and "science" aside, I'm still a global warming skeptic. And this is not just about the below zero temperatures we've been seeing in my neck of the woods in recent weeks.

I'm just skeptical that "man" is the sole cause of this so-called warming. This comes from my understanding, intrinsic perhaps, that the Earth is a system. There are bigger factors that come into play than just man (like the sun) and as in any system, changes in one area tend to slide or cause accomodations in others. So, just put me in the "not convinced" column.

This article, which I found fascinating, goes a long way toward convincing me that Al Gore is wrong, that the politicians are wrong, and that man's influence on the system has been over-sold.

An excerpt:

Enthusiasm for the global-warming scare also ensures that heatwaves make headlines, while contrary symptoms, such as this winter’s billion-dollar loss of Californian crops to unusual frost, are relegated to the business pages. The early arrival of migrant birds in spring provides colourful evidence for a recent warming of the northern lands. But did anyone tell you that in east Antarctica the Adélie penguins and Cape petrels are turning up at their spring nesting sites around nine days later than they did 50 years ago? While sea-ice has diminished in the Arctic since 1978, it has grown by 8% in the Southern Ocean.

So one awkward question you can ask, when you’re forking out those extra taxes for climate change, is “Why is east Antarctica getting colder?” It makes no sense at all if carbon dioxide is driving global warming. While you’re at it, you might inquire whether Gordon Brown will give you a refund if it’s confirmed that global warming has stopped. The best measurements of global air temperatures come from American weather satellites, and they show wobbles but no overall change since 1999.

That levelling off is just what is expected by the chief rival hypothesis, which says that the sun drives climate changes more emphatically than greenhouse gases do. After becoming much more active during the 20th century, the sun now stands at a high but roughly level state of activity. Solar physicists warn of possible global cooling, should the sun revert to the lazier mood it was in during the Little Ice Age 300 years ago.

Check it out for yourself.

h/t: Drudge


posted by Phoenix | 10:01 AM


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