Published: Sunday, Dec. 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
Another expert comment?But please explain your qualifications to
write as an expert. Listening to the radio is not a valid qualification.
This letter is a prime example of the belligerent, willful ignorance and
mind-boggling distortions of how science works that saturates the global warming
denialists. It's like they've wrapped their brains in Kevlar to keep
reality from penetrating.Please, read the science journals and pay
attention to the peer-reviewed research. Pay attention to reality instead of
This reminds me of the comment made by Rep. Rob Bishop at a seminar at Weber
State.He was denying global warming when someone in the group
mentioned that much of the evidence for warming is based upon research done by
NASA scientists. They commented that NASA is supposed to provide "good
science" for the country.Bishop's reply, and this is an
exact quote, was: "Yes, but that doesn't mean we have to buy
it."Denial without looking carefully at what the evidence has to
offer, either for or against an issue, is worse than simple ignorance.
Nitrogen and Oxygen are the most abundant gasses in the atmosphere by far,
comprising over 97% of the atmosphere... neither are greenhouse gases. Argon is
another 1% and it's not a greenhouse gas. Water vapor (H2O) is the largest
greenhouse gas constituent (about 1%). Remaining gases are only about .05% of
the atmosphere. Of these many are greenhouse gases, CO2 is the largest among
those in terms of concentration.Greenhouse gases do not all have the
same level of effect though. There's more CO2 than methane (CH4) in the
atmosphere, but the effect of methane per molecule is larger than CO2 because it
stays in the atmosphere longer for one.
For far too long, the left wing fear mongers have used the threat of global
warming to scare a gullible public into supporting left wing policies. The time
has come to put a stop to this once and for all.Global warming is an
unproven theory that has no scientific support. During the entire history of
this planet, the climate has undergone constant change. The history of Iceland
and Greenland is just one example.The left wing extremists want a
complete prohibition on the use of fossil fuels and they will continue to use
the false theory of global warming to get what they want. It is time for the
slumbering masses to awaken before it is too late.
Recently in Russia, a volcano erupted spewing millions of tons of gases into the
atmosphere, including massive amounts of CO2. Since the beginning of time,
volcanoes have polluted the atmosphere far more than anything the human race has
ever been able to do, and we are still here, and our planet is still healthy, in
spite of what some say! Don't waste your very limited time on this earth
worrying about things you can not control. But if you just can't do that,
if it makes you feel better, go get in your hybrid car, shut off your
electricity, stop eating food and wearing clothes that growing and manufacturing
them pollutes, just tell yourself you are saving the planet! Enjoy your wasted
life as much as you can because volcanoes will continue to erupt and continue to
pollute and there is nothing you can do to stop them!
Mountanman,Climate scientists and volcanologists have a good
understanding of the amount of CO2 that volcanos put into the atmosphere.From research published by the American Geophysical Union in May 2011:
"Human activities emit roughly 135 times as much climate-warming
carbon dioxide as volcanoes each year."Please pay attention to
scientific reality, not rightwing blogs and FOX.
ATL and Blue -- please be quiet. Don't confuse them with facts. They
can't handle that sort of thing. It results in increased whining and
there's already enough of that in the conservative fantasy world.
He asks us to "conduct a test in real time"? That's what's
happening, a big human geo-engineering experiment; what will happen if we add
CO2 to the atmosphere in large amounts? We are a few hundred years into this
experiment, why doesn't the writer realize we are testing it in real time?
@ Blue. You can believe whatever "scientist" you wish. They lost me when
they told us that dinosaur flatulation caused the ice age!
I like science. I think we should all pay attention to things like facts and
scientific evidence. But I also realize that much of science is interpretive. We
like to take evidence and sometimes jump to conclusions that are not real.As humans, we tend to ignore science that seems to contradict our own
beliefs or desires. We also love to cling to any science that seems to support
them. We would all do well to recognize that science has long been a tool to
promote ideologies and try and subject people to political power (just as
religion has also been used).I really don't know if
human-caused climate change is real or not, but I try to keep an open mind. I
try to be a good steward of the environment, but I am also incredibly skeptical
of anyone who gives cataclysmic predictions about what will happen if we
don't all give a bunch of money and power to a group of people who will
"solve" it for us.
No increase in temperature for 16 years. Russia is having its worst winter in
70 years temps to minus 58 in siberia and minus 40 in Moscow. Antarctic ice
enlarging. This means global warming?
Now wait just one minute!When I tried to reply to Mountainman's
comment about dinosaurs and global warming by writing: "Mountainman, are you
sure that wasn't Congressional flatulence?" your censors rejected
it.Now I know that DN has a decidedly right leaning tilt, but how is
anything I said different than what he wrote?Or is it necessary to
misspell the word? Is "flatulation" somehow more acceptable than the
proper term?Or is humor verboten?
Well there's no point because even if they did the "real time"
study you and every republican would deny that too as a NASA/Liberal/UN
conspiracy.You painted into a corner of conspiracies.
To "Screwdriver" the problem is that there is no conspiracy. The
climate is still quite unknown. Historically temperatures have risen faster
than they have over the past 100 years, and they have risen slower too. We are
looking at a snapshot of the history of the earth. We have accurate satellite
data going back to 1979, and beyond that it is a combination of data stations
and conjecture based on various sources. We don't have an accurate
picture.Imagine your friend goes to Hawaii for a week. In their
suitcase you see snorkel gear, leis, swimming suits, a tux, and flip flops. All
they show you is some pictures from the last half of the last day in Hawaii.
Without your friend telling you what he did, do you know for sure what they did,
or do you just have a guess? What do you think happened?It turns
out that your friend spent 6 days sick in Hawaii and wasn't able to get out
until the last day.This is what is going on with climate change. We
don't know the story and are making conjectures based on what we see. That
is no better than just guessing.
When we are dealing with Spring, Montan, and Red we have a formidable trio. They
are firmly in the "If God had wanted fluoride in the water, He would have
told us so in the Bible or the Constitution" crowd. No one of substance
really offers any credible science to support their position, but they
don't trust anyone anyway especially the experts. They see conspiracy,
black helicopters and the need to be ready for the end time, but the end time
won't happen from warming. They are not believers like the people of the
Maldives who see their land disappearing with warming. They are not believers
like the people of Australia who see their biggest tourist attraction dying due
to the rise in temperature and acidity of the sea water. They are not believers
like the owners of ski resorts who have skin in the game and are ready to cut
the games and talk reality of their investment disappearing like the snow. Their game will probably survive their short lives, but someone will pay
someday all because they were so sure they were "right".
A letter like this one has only one place...A letter calling for the
ignoring of years of research done by professionals and facts displays how truly
desperate the right wing is.I encourage everyone who reads this
letter to place it where it deserves to go, the garbage.
@ Real Maverick. Not so fast! Science is not consensus and any scientist who
tell you that they have the FINAL word on anything, is no scientist, they are
politicians. Besides, there are many scientist who do not believe mankind is
causing climate change, if it in fact really is changing. Science is about
discovery and all science, especially climate science, is fleeting because it is
new! I know something about computer models, the tools most scientists use to
predict climate change and I can assure you that computer models can be
pre-programed to give you exactly the "data" you want!Hardly solid
science, is it?
I appreciate the advice to pay attention to the peer-reviewed scientific
journals. I've been doing that for a long time. Someone please show me the
study that definitively links human CO2 emissions to global climate change of
any kind - particularly the study that proves the tipping point assertion. Hint:
you won't find one. What you'll find is a mountain of papers that
assume the connection, but none that prove it using empirical data. There's
a lesson to be learned in all of this, and that lesson has to do with the
corrupting influence of politics on science.
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