Earth is cool!

I’ve been awake for, oh, about 5 hours now.  In that time, it has snowed about 4½ inches outsides my apartment.  With this in mind, I thought global warming might make an appropriate topic for my first post.

Now, if you read this blog often enough, you’ll find that I’m a pretty idealistic guy.  Some might even call me a Democrat.  (Some wouldn’t.)  All that said, though, I can think of only one word to describe the idea that man is responsible for global climate change, and that word is “self-centered.”

In my world, two hypenated words count as one.

If what Wikipedia says is true, Earth is a planet.  Now, I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the concept of Pangaea, but basically, if you break down the Greek, pan- means “all”, and -gaea means, in this case, land.  If you put them together, it means that the all the land is together, as one continent.  This just so happens to be exactly how the earth looked up until the end of the Mesozoic era.  Have you ever wondered why South America looks like it would fit ever so snugly into the concavity of western Africa?  That’s because it did until about 250,000,000 years ago.

In that time, our blue marble of a planet has undergone some serious changes (extinction of the Dodo bird, what’s-his-name getting voted off the third season of Survivor, and two ice ages, to name a few).  My point is, that Earth is constantly evolving.  Whether we can see it or not, and whether we like it or not, it’s happening.

The fact that we think that we’re the cause of the temperature rising and falling is basically hilarious to me.  This has been going on for billions of years, which, according to my calendar, started roughly billions of years before the Industrial Revolution.  Now, don’t get me wrong here – I fully agree that we need to do all that we can to “be green” – but not because I feel like we’re going to (literally) change the world by doing so, but I think it’s important that we don’t produce so much waste.  The amount of waste that we produce (in America, especially) is not only outlandish, but unacceptable.  We have become a culture dependent on disposables.  Going green is about keeping that hole in the ozone layer from growing, and keeping us from being able to go out into the damn sun.  But, I digress.

The cause of global climate change is simple:  The evolution of the Earth.  The fact that more methane is being produced in areas outside of human development and inhabitation than ever before should signal this.  Earth itself is the only thing that will shape Earth’s environment.  The global temperature will continue to rise and fall, and all we can do as people is to adapt to it.  Or, as they say in one of my favorite wiktionary entries, “BOHICA.”

Another ice age, I mean.  Not the other thing.

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2 responses to “Earth is cool!

  1. Howdy. I found your blog from my beautiful wife’s blog and I hate to do this with my very first comment here; but, you are wrong.

    You state that, “This has been going on for billions of years,” which on the face is true but has a couple of very large problems if you are using it as your argument that man is not effecting climate change.

    While it is true that the Earth goes through natural cycles and variations in global climate, stating that the currect warming trend is natural (or mostly natural) presents you with two obstacles that you must address.

    First, you need to tell us what the mechanism is behind this natural cycle. Physics tells us that absence a forcing, there should be no change in the global energy balance. The balance is changing so we need to identify this mysterious cause. Climate scientists have a model has to what this cause is (which I will get to in point 2) but if it is natural cycle, what is this natural cause that is causing the change in the global energy balance.

    Second, explain to me how a 35% increase in the second most important greenhouse gas does not effect global temperature? Current scientific theory (and I am using the scientific defintion of theory not the everyday use of the word) predicts that temperature will rise when increased quantities of greenhouse gas are released into the atmosphere. So explain to me how or why a 35% increase in CO2 (that is supposed to be a subscript 2) is not increasing global temperature.

    The scientific community has provided us with a well-defined, internally consistent model that accounts for the effects that we are now observing. It makes predictions that have withstood the scientific method. Do the skeptics provide a model wherein CO2 does not effect global temperature that has withstood peer review? No, they do not.

    So could current changes be part of a natural cycle? No natural cause has been identified that explains the current data. Oh, and by the way, there are no examples in the geological record that shows the extremes we are currently observing.

    By the way there are much smarter people than me that have been looking at this situation with far more depth for a far longer period of time. Currently there are no major scientific organizations or affliations that do not subscribe to theory that we are experiencing global warming. The last holdout was the Association of Petroleum Scientists. They finally got on board in 2006. Also almost every major scientific organization or affliation (ones that were formed solely to dispute global warming don’t count) has released statements concluding that the current warming trend is in fact man-made. There is one hold out that believes that the current warming trend is natural.

    The Association of Petroleum Scientists.

    But they wouldn’t be biased would they?

  2. What’s the deal? You on the payroll of Big Oil and repressing my comment?

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