Once again the PBS Newshour has struck a blow for mediocrity in reporting. Tonight they interviewed a pinhead named Ben Strauss (of the Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central) who warned of impending destruction of America’s coastline as a result of man made global climate warming change. According to Ben the scientists say the sea level has increased 4 – 8 inches in the past 100 years. Additionally, the rate of increase in sea level has increased to .13 inches per century. For you liberals out there that means that, at that rate, it would increase by 13 inches in the next 100 years. A number of statements he made suggesting that flooding is getting worse were just really stupid and I won’t waste my valuable time addressing that. Let’s get back to basics.
Scientists say that we are living in a period of earth’s history described as the Ice Age. This is not what I say; it is what scientists say. The Ice Age consists of cycles of change in the overall temperature of the earth. The period is named for the repeated times of lowered temperature referred to as glacial maximums. Between these maximums are warm periods referred to as glacial minimums or simply as interglacials. In one of my posts I referenced a chart made from data downloaded from NOAA which covers the past 350,000 years. During that time frame there have been three glacial maximums and (including the present one) four interglacials. When I say the present one what I am referring to is the fact that the global climate has been warming up. Not since George W. Bush became President. Not since the invention of the automobile. Not since the Industrial Revolution. It has been warming up for the last 20,000 years. According to scientists. 20,000 years ago ants had more impact on the climate than humans. And despite the fact that it has been warming up for the last 20,000 years, it is still, and I can’t emphasize this strongly enough for all you liberal nitwits, nearly THREE DEGREES COOLER than the average peak temperature of the last three interglacials. That is correct – THREE DEGREES COOLER. So all things considered it should be expected that the natural cycle would mean that the current natural warming of the last 20,000 years should continue until the temperature increases another three degrees. On the subject of sea level let me point out that 125,000 years ago, during the last interglacial, the sea level rose nearly TWENTY FEET (NOT INCHES) higher than it is today. Surprisingly, the polar bears, which are now threatened with extinction by a 2 to 4 foot rise in sea level, managed to survive that rise of nearly 20 feet.
OK, so what’s going on. For years scientists have debated the factors responsible for these warming and cooling cycles. I’ve discussed these factors at length in earlier posts. They include things like precession of the earth’s axis, cosmic rays from the sun, the effect of galactic cosmic rays, methane hydrates and changes in the earth’s magnetic field. Now I would like to bet that you’ve never heard any of these terms mentioned on the evening news in a story about global climate warming change. What term have you heard a LOT on the news? CO2, right? Why do you suppose it has not been considered one of the causal factors of the Ice Age? That’s simple. In the historic record, according to scientists, INCREASES IN CO2 FOLLOW INCREASES IN TEMPERATURE and do not proceed them.
So, why do you hear only about CO2? That’s pretty simple, too. All the money in the world could not have the teeny tiniest impact on the earth’s axis, cosmic rays, methane hydrates or the earth’s magnetic field. However, you could spend loads of money and accumulate lots and lots of power pretending to address CO2. Algore managed to parlay CO2 into becoming the first carbon billionaire without a single accomplishment. And President Obama has committed the U.S. to spend many billions of dollars to “fix” CO2. And power? He has destroyed the coal industry. He has directed gigantic piles of money to “renewable” energy projects.
This 20,000 year warming trend could go on for another thousand years or it could end tomorrow. And there’s not a thing anyone can do about it. Not Algore. Not any POTUS. Not the U.N. No one!