This global climate warming change thingy is really getting to me. On this morning’s news there was a short segment featuring returning astronaut Scott Kelly. He talked about looking at the earth’s thin atmosphere and feeling a sense of how “fragile” it “looked.” I would say it left me speechless except that I seldom am on this topic. I was in my doctor’s waiting room recently perusing an issue of Discover magazine. It was a rather ancient (as waiting room magazines are wont to be) March, 2014 copy. I was sad about that because there was a review of a book titled The Sixth Extinction by “Journalist” Elizabeth Kolbert.
The thrust of her argument is that global climate warming change is driving thousands of species to extinction. As I have neither read the book nor plan to read it, I assume (and you know what happens when you do that) she is a supporter of all kinds of expensive steps to stop, slow or eliminate CO2. I have already addressed CO2 in previous posts so I won’t go there now. I would have liked the opportunity to send a letter to senior editor and reviewer Becky Lang requesting that she contact Ms. Kolbert to ask how many thousands of species went extinct during the last interglacial period when the temperature topped out at almost 3 degrees Centigrade HIGHER than it is today and when the sea level was nearly 20 feet HIGHER than today. I’ll point out again that those “fragile” endangered Polar Bears currently threatened with extinction by a rise of 2 to 4 feet in sea level a hundred years in the future managed to survive the last interglacial.
Another horror story highlighted in the review is the Great Barrier Reef. Global climate warming change is conspiring to kill this beautiful natural wonder. Yes, I completely agree that the Reef is a beautiful natural wonder. But it wasn’t there 20,000 years ago during the last glacial maximum when the sea level was 400 feel lower than today or during the already mentioned previous interglacial. And if sea level rises enough to kill the Reef it will be replaced by a higher reef. As I have pointed out previously reefs exist within a certain range of depth beneath the current sea level – whatever that happens to be at any given time in history.
I know, of course, that I’m just being silly. Had I written to Discover on this subject the day the issue hit the stands, it would still have been ignored. Global climate warming change is the new sacrament of the left and denial is the heresy that must not be spoken. Or reported for that matter. But sometimes you just need to get things off your chest. The alternative is to retire to Bedlam. But you know what; I think I’ll send a copy of this to Discover just to let them know that we’re still out here. Watching them. Hee, hee, hee…