First, I need to tell you where I stand on the issue of Global Warming or Global Climate Change or whatever is today’s politically correct term.
I find most Global Warming faithful to be very closed minded about the subject. If you mention anything that does not fit their belief set, most ‘warmists’ will attack you as stupid or ‘right wing nutcase’ or similar. I think name-calling usually masks their fear that something in which they are so invested may not be exactly as they have been led to believe. Most seem afraid to let in any data that may not fit their world view.
I think that anyone who intentionally spoils his surroundings is stupid. I think that anyone, given a choice between two options should choose the one that has the fewer negative impacts. We should look at our environment with a prejudice toward helping, not hindering natural balance. In medical school, young doctors are taught “first,do no harm.” Wikipedia states that “another way to state it is that ‘given an existing problem, it may be better to do nothing than to do something that risks causing more harm than good.'” We need to consider the possible harm of our actions.
We also need to weigh the costs of the actions we take. To accept Global Warming Theory and take all the actions recommended by Mr. Gore, is, in my view, acting without consideration of the costs or the facts (as often opposed to the current pop-science). I think we need to strike a balance. If we continue to pollute the earth, we will destroy much of what has sustained us for centuries/millennia. If we destroy our economies to protect nature we will have no extra funds with which to protect nature. It’s Catch 22.
Now, the question: Is it Global Warming or should we see this as a Global Warning? I will write more on this at a later date but thought the following links had some interesting data that you don’t see often in the press:
The missing sunspots: Is this the big chill? – ““This is the quietest Sun we’ve seen in almost a century,” says NASA solar scientist David Hathaway. But this is not just a scientific curiosity. It could affect everyone on Earth and force what for many is the unthinkable: a reappraisal of the science behind recent global warming.”
The Artic – concludes that “Global Warming” is not Global but Regional
Ice at the North Pole – Not So Thick – shows photos of thin ice at the north pole over the past 50 years (like the one at the top taken at the North Pole in 1959) .
I also thought this was interesting. –
The monthly Weather Review reported [http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/mwr/050/mwr-050-11-0589a.pdf]: “The arctic seems to be warming up. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explorers who sail the seas about Spitzbergen and the eastern Arctic, all point to a radical change in climatic conditions , and hitherto unheard-of high temperatures in that part of the earth’s surface. … Ice conditions were exceptional. In fact, so little ice has never before been noted. … In Arctic Norway… where formerly great masses of ice were found, there are now often moraines, accumulations of earth and stones. At many points where glaciers formerly extended far into the sea they have entirely disappeared.” But the year was 1922:
My guess is that most of us think what we want to think and filter what we hear so that our beliefs are rarely challenged. The severity of the reaction of most “Warmists” to anything that challenges their world view continues to make me believe their minds are closed more than those they accuse of “ignoring the facts.” I would be much more comfortable if more people were open to the possibility that what we are now told is “Global Warming” might be a cycle over which we have little or no control. Maybe we could all use this as a warning that regardless of “Warming” or not that we should “first, do no harm.”
This was written on April 27 for posting on May 13. It was not posted until May 21.