Al Gore’s sycophants are correct: the planet’s climate is changing. (It always has.)
They’re wrong about our ability to do anything about it.
While listening on my new Android phone to a BBC program about the movement of our ancestors across the globe, I came upon the following graph. It’s based on data from an Antarctic ice core sample and clearly shows that the Earth undergoes warming and cooling cycles with periods of 90,000 years or so. About 50,000 years ago, as the last ice age was ending, Homo Sapiens began to venture from Africa northward to Europe and Asia. The cold apparently reduced our herd to just a few thousand people. The smart ones survived.
Here’s a graph of estimated global temperature for the past 425,000 years. This temperature record was computed from analysis of ice cores taken at Vostok, a Russian research base in Antarctica, starting in 1970. The deepest core reached 3,623 m (11,886 ft) into the ice sheet. The ice at the bottom has been undisturbed for about half a million years. During this time there have been four ice ages.
In the near future, as the planet continues to warm, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets will melt, which will cause sea levels to rise by 3 to 6 feet by 2100. How much ice will be lost is unclear. Most of South Florida will be under seawater. We’ll probably need to abandon many coastal cities such as Venice and New Orleans.
Low-lying areas such as Bangladesh will be submerged, their soil contaminated by saltwater, reducing availability of food, which will put pressure on higher elevation neighbors. It seems inevitable to me that food shortages will result in global population decline, until once again the climate cools.
If this temperature cycle is true to form, global temperatures will fall again over the next 50,000 years or so, so we’ll be able to hang up our snorkels.
The notion that we can deter the inevitable changes in climate strikes me as hubris. One rule applies to the universe: nothing, not even our precious planet and its climate, remains the same.
Al Gore’s attempt to profit by selling his ludicrous carbon credits would be laughable if it didn’t reveal the avarice at its core.
Who am I? To the global warming industry, I’m a nobody. I make a living troubleshooting systems. I’ve learned to assume nothing, discount conventional wisdom, sift through existing data, collect my own raw data, and draw my own conclusions. Do I like the idea that we’re warming and the oceans are rising? No, but Mother Nature always wins. Always.