I came up with the title of the previous post based on a form of humor I’ve heard since I was a kid wherein you take a key word and add a rhyming made up word.  Like “house smouse.”  Or “Congress smongress.”  I don’t know where this came from, but it feels like something that may have originated in vaudeville.  Anyway, I was shocked to read yesterday that some Congressman had already used “Climate Slimate.”  So I came up with a new one on account of … I felt like it.

In my last post I pointed out that the current global temperature for this current interglacial period is still three degrees COOLER than the average peak temperatures of the previous three interglacial periods.  If you look closely at those three previous peaks you’ll see how little variation there has been from the average temperature.  The band 1 peak is within 2/3 of a degree from the average line, the band 2 peak is almost touching the line and the band 3 peak is touching the line. This shows how consistent the peak temperatures of the interglacial periods have been.

The “scientific consensus” is that we are experiencing global warming.  If you glance at the chart below you will see quite plainly that the earth has been in a warming trend for about 20,000 years.  Duh!  Please take note that this is at least 19,932 years before George W. Bush was born.  I recognize, of course, that it is still Bush’s fault.  However, when Algore says that this has been the hottest year on record I must disagree.  According to NOAA’s own records it was warmer many thousands of years during the last interglacial period and hundreds of years during the current one.  The left likes to say that I’m entitled to my own opinions, but not my own facts. Well, these are their facts, not mine and these facts are very “inconvenient for Algore, but then again, he has never been one to let facts get in the way.

Let’s look briefly at the glacial maximums.  These periods, while scientifically important, are not at the core of the global warming discussion.  However, I feel the need to make one important point.  I have seen a number of TV shows that involve great quantities of tears and hand wringing over the fate of reefs.  “Oh, global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef.”  If you listen to these shows you will end up with the impression that the Great Barrier Reef has been around for billions of years, but will be gone tomorrow.  What a waste.  What a crime against nature.   Bull burpees!  Living coral reefs exist in a certain range of depth below the sea.  When the seas rise the coral at lower depths dies and new ones grow above.  The opposite happens when sea levels decline.  AND SEA LEVELS ARE ALWAYS CHANGING!  During the last glacial max the sea level was about 430 feet lower than today.  That’s why there are atolls in the ocean composed of accumulations of dead coral.  And the interglacials are why there are municipal buildings in Florida made from coral quarried well above the current sea level.

Polar bears.  Aren’t they cute.  Of course, given the tiniest opportunity they will eat you.  You must have seen photos taken by any number of environmentalist gad flies of some poor polar bear clinging to a fragment of ice in a vast expanse of ocean and on the verge of drowning because of that mean ol’ George W. Bush.  When I first looked into this “problem” about ten years ago I researched the polar bears and the “scientific consensus” was that polar bears appeared about 200,000 years ago when a group of Siberian brown bears were surrounded by encroaching ice and adapted by becoming polar bears.  Apparently, they held a big meeting and decided to become polar bears rather than become extinct.  Well, the consensus has changed.  That earlier consensus was based on analysis of fossil records.  Now we have a new consensus based on DNA.  It seems the “adaptation” occurred 400,000+ years ago.  So, you see, the “scientific consensus” can change.  Anyway, during the last interglacial enough ice melted to raise the sea level by more than twenty feet.  And yet, surprise of surprises, we still have polar bears.

One more little point.  Ice.  “The glaciers are melting.”  “The arctic ice is melting.”  “The Antarctic ice is melting.”  Yup.  That’s why it’s called an interglacial period.  According to NOAA data during the last glacial max there were 17 million cubic miles of ice sitting on the North American continent.  That’s enough ice to cover Canada and all 50 states with a layer of ice 2 and a quarter miles thick.  Today, 99.9% of that ice is gone.  One little inconvenient fact – it was gone before the industrial revolution.

Next time I’ll review some of the theories about what may control these warming and cooling cycles.  Theories you’ll never hear on the alphabet networks, the New York Times or the Washington Post.



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