Thursday, December 09, 2004

Planetary Dynamics and Climate

Or, evidence that the real hot air of the climate scare is coming out of hungry pseudo-scientists' mouths on the global warming bandwagon, aka "scientific consensus", of the UN's program to initiate an even bigger scam than the oil for food charade...


Blogger Calluna said...

Steve, that is a really interesting article, not least because the author is 90 years old and still sharp! I do have one objection to your characterization of the issue - very, very few serious scientists argue that global warming is not occurring, the argument that rages on is about WHY. This article suggests that the WHY has more to do with planetary orbital resonances (and presumably some interaction between planetary and solar magnetic fields - a path down which Hannes Alfven also went, albeit for different reasons) than with any action industrial society could take.

I suspect it's one of those "balance" situations - the bus is teetering on the edge of the cliff, having been driven there by some natural cyclical phenomenon. Now, it may be that nothing we could do can stop it from going over, or it may be that nothing we could do would push it over the edge, but the natural instinct of the passengers inside would STILL be to move to the uphill side and hope that would shift the balance enough to keep them safe. And that appears to be what we are all arguing about - whether the discomfort involved in moving to the uphill side (cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions, for example, which would necessarily cut back on our lifestyle) is WORTH IT, since we are not 100% certain that moving would even help.

December 9, 2004 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

What cliff? It only cooled down to where we are now 1000 years ago. Back before that they were farming Greenland (more recently in fact) and the Sahara was a verdant plain. The time was called Eden in mythology. Higher CO2 helps plants grow better and with less water. That's exactly what we need in the world now, when our species, as a whole, is on the verge of sentience. If it is getting warmer that would be a good thing. The temperature over the last 1000 years has been dropping at the same rate as it dropped out of the Eemian interglacial. The facts show increased CO2 will be good, whether or not it does increase temperature. How many people live on the 20% of Earth's surface near the poles, and how many live on the 20% near the equator? That would indicate getting warmer would not be as much a problem as getting colder, right? It's not going to stay the same whatever we do. Climate is constantly changing anyway.

December 10, 2004 at 7:59 AM  

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