Earth is getting a little warmer with the passage
of time. Global Warming enthusiasts claim that it is getting a
lot warmer, that man is the cause, and that if man does not reverse
the trend all sorts of horrible disasters await us in the very
near future. It strikes me as somewhat arrogant on man’s
part to think that he can have that kind of effect on the Earth.
Al Gore has made global warming into a career.
His movie about an inconvenient “truth” is the holy
writ of the movement. This latter day scripture, however, seems
to ignore a few inconvenient facts: 1) Earth has been going through
warming and cooling phases for as long as it has existed. When
someone claims that the Earth is the warmest it has been in 500
years, the inconvenient fact is that 500 years ago it was warmer;
and that warmer period was not due to excessive SUV utilization.
2) While the Earth is warmer now than it was a hundred years ago,
most of the warming occurred before 1940; and for a while between
1940 and 1970 it was getting cooler. 3) Mars is also getting warmer.
Its polar ice cap is shrinking. If that is due to Martians driving
SUVs, we have been unable to detect that fact from Earth. 4) The
Sun is getting hotter. It goes through phases of heating up and
cooling down. That is the cause of Earth’s ice ages and
warm periods, and it is quite likely the cause of the warming
trends on Earth and Mars.
We are told that it is the consensus of “science”
that the Earth is warming and that man is the culprit. Scientific
fact is not determined by majority vote. There is no such thing
as a scientific consensus. The scientific method starts with a
theory (which is what manmade global warming is), subjects the
theory to experimentation, and attempts to discover empirical
fact. If empirical fact is discovered anyone anywhere can perform
the same experiment and get the same result every time. There
is no room for a consensus of opinion. The global warming movement
is not science, it is religion. Someone has crafted a somewhat
plausible explanation for observed phenomena and others have accepted
that explanation on faith.
Why is all this important? In the 1990s a treaty
on global warming was signed in Kyoto, Japan. That treaty provided
that “greenhouse gasses” had to be reduced. Each country
was assigned an amount to be reduced. Developing countries, including
China were to be exempt. I don’t know whose idea it was
to sign this treaty, but, thankfully, President Clinton had the
good sense not to send it to the Senate for ratification. Compliance
with that treaty would have resulted in a considerable economic
hardship for the United States, reduced our standard of living,
and hurried the day when China catches up to and passes our economic
Various people preach the global warming gospel
for various reasons: some are true believers (the fuzzy thinking
crowd), some smell a buck to be made (no matter how bad things
get, there will always be some way to make a profit), and some
think the United States is too powerful, too rich, and too arrogant,
and just want to bring it down a notch or two. We would be well
advised not to let that happen.