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Monday, March 05, 2007

CO2, Myopia & Global Warming


Who Is Repsponsible for His Predicament?

Believe it or not, I actually watched the Academy Awards last week. I was obviously bored out of my skull. To my surprise, Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth actaully won an Oscar. And to think, I didn’t even know the Academy had a category for science fiction.

All jokes aside, An Inconvenient Truth is being misrepresented to the American public. Global warming has become more of a partisan political issue that a scientific issue. An Inconvenient Truth leads one to believe that there is a consensus among climatologists that increases in carbon dioxide due to human consumption is the cause of global temperature increases. That is not the case! While no credible scientist will deny that global warming is real, there is still debate among climatologists regarding the cause. In other words, the science is not settled!

Although increases in carbon dioxide levels are correlated with the increase in global temperature over the last few decades, the cause-effect relationship between the two is not irrefutable. On the contrary, the earth has had previous warming and cooling cycles, and in some cases, the warming of the earth actually preceeded increases in carbon dioxide. In addition, global carbon dioxide from industrial sources increased dramatically in the years following World War II, yet global temperatures fell for four decades.

Other lines of evidence suggest that increases in solar radiation may have a greater imapact on global temperatures. Increases in solar flaring are correlated with decreased cloud formation. As a result, much of the solar radiation that would normally bounce off the clouds back into space is instead allowed to pass into the earth’s atmosphere, leading to increased temperatures. Moreover, a forthcoming documentary entitled The Great Global Warming Swindle argues that increased carbon dioxide levels may actually be the result of temperature increases, rather than their cause.

Does this mean that carbon dioxide levels have no effect on global temperature increases? No, I don’t think anyone is saying that. Nor are they saying that solar radiation is the cause. The main point is that we should not have a undeviating focus on just one potential cause when there could be multiple causes for global warming. To narrow-mindedly focus on carbon emmisions could result in even more devastating problems, such as prolonging endemic poverty by slowing third world develpoment.

2 Comments:

At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

Your on the Bushies payroll! How could you? Do you hate Polar Bears?

Whats up Joe? Nice post. The problem with the debate as you said is not just how politicized it has become. But how low the arguments have sunk. People who have done nothing but watched Gore's movie can confidently claim the facts are settled. If you disagree it is character assassination or questioning your intelligence. I'm no scientist, but I do know there was an ice age. There must have been some global warming to melt all of that ice and give rise to the age of Man.

That being said, I think sensible energy conservation is not a bad idea.

Oh yeah, a couple months back I read a report (I think IPCC)and the results were much less than Gore suggested. No continents going under water, no mass wars. Although it did say the Arctic would be melted during the summer which would make shipping to Russia/China much faster.

 
At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Joe Verica said...

I agree that sensible energy conservation is a good idea. Industrial emmision cause alot of other problems just as important (or more so) than their potential role in global warming.

I don't have any problem with people who want to conduct research on carbon emmissions and global warm. I think they should! But they should also look into other causes as well.

My grandfather and his brothers already have the whole thing figured out. They have lots of ideas for what causes global warming, but the two main causes are the Space Shuttle (for whatever reason) and the Russians with their weather machine. Has anyone looked into these?

 

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