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Here in the US, we're hit with freezing temperatures and record snowfall, and at one point, snow fell on all 50 US states.

Britain is in the middle of its coldest winter in 30 years.

Australian weather expert Professor Neville Nicholls, of Monash University in Melbourne, was speaking at an online climate change briefing and stated, “January, according to satellite data, was the hottest January we’ve ever seen.  Last November was the hottest November we’ve ever seen. November-January as a whole is the hottest November-January the world has seen.  It’s not warming the same everywhere but it is really quite challenging to find places that haven’t warmed in the past 50 years.”  If you're surprised that what a weatherman is saying is not squaring with reality, you obviously haven't experienced Chicago weather.

He claims the information is based on satellite readings crossreferenced with the earliest recorded weather data, 1850.  I didn't know we had weather satellites back then.

Now, the name of the game isn't "global warming" but "climate change", but it's too late to keep it from being a joke.  (I used to have so much respect for Bill Nye until he did that CNN interview attempting to "correct" people making fun of global warming climate change.)  There's a lot of people making a lot of money off of this, and it requires people not knowing they are being fooled.

I'll write more later.  Right now, I need to finish shoveling the rest of that global warming off the porch.


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Feb. 27th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
You mean you had a lot of respect for Bill Nye until he disagreed with you?

Climate Change is a fact of life. Been around for all the world to see. What's the root of the argument is that People are the cause of what is happening now. Climate change is real, maybe not on the order of what Al Gore and his ilk are crying about, but don't fool yourself into believing otherwise.
Feb. 27th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
Here comes another loooooooooooooong response. Maybe next time I'll write about something simpler. Like thermodynamics.

"You mean you had a lot of respect for Bill Nye until he disagreed with you?"

Well, when you put it that way, I guess I have to say, "Yes, guilty as charged."

Here's the thing about climate change in my mind: the climate is changing. I will not argue that fact (we are starting to get hurricanes rotating in the opposite direction they should be). However, the question is what is causing the change. Is it just the natural behavior of the planet, or is it the result of man-made factors like pollution?

I am of the belief that it is the natural behavior of the planet. I blame sunspot activity myself. I am willing to admit my belief is completely wrong. But here's the problem -- the "proof" either side can use to support their theories has not been thoroughly tested and vetted. Contrary opinions were denied, making them no better than annecotal evidence. Likewise, we have seen a conspiracy by those who control information to stifle examination and debate of their evidence. So, all anyone can do is make their best guess based on the facts at hand and move from there. For me, it's a combination of historical temperature records, the afforementioned sunspot activity, and admissions dragged out of the ClimateGate scientists who have egg on their faces. The guy who was the focal point of all this stated that temperatures were warming in Medieval times than they are now. If we accept that as fact, then the climate has cooled despite man-made intrusions such as pollution. Therefore, it is a natural cycle and there's nothing we can do about it.

Now, I don't want to seem callous. People being less wasteful is always a good idea. And while I don't buy climate change as a man-made phenomena, it's not like I'm unwilling to be convinced. But I don't see any convincing going on, just a lot of people trying to spin stances into things that give them power, money, or both. Remember, there is a lot of legislation being proposed that will stick people with higher costs (Obama's proposal for carbon emission controls being standard on cars would potentially tack an additional $2K to the cost of each vehicle that would be passed on to consumers. Like cars aren't expensive enough already) based on a potentially false premise. Bill Nye's interview just seemed like putting a new coat of paint on the same old arguments instead of addressing points raised by detractors. I felt he was using science instead of presenting facts, and this is why my respect for him hit the grass.

So this is where the climate change debate gets me. It's based on cooked books, social pressure, and techniques that are not about the truth. It may turn out that there is something to it after all. But I need more than a bunch of people who have been exposed as having agendas and ulterior motives before I sing along with them.
Feb. 28th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
I am inclined to believe that while Humanity isn't solely to blame for any changes in the climate (I don't have that much hubris), I also believe that we ain't helping matters any.

To my mind, it's pretty simple; You want a nice, clean world to live in, ya gotta pay for it. If you're happy living in a world where the cost of water goes up because potable water is scarcer, then fine by me. But, if that does indeed happen, then don't bitch about it.

The notion of not wanting to do something that is in our best interest because it costs too much is awfully damned short sighted, if you ask me (which you didn't, but that's fine).

Cars would be MUCH cheaper if we as Americans were happy with cars as personal transportation and not status symbols. I remember the waning days of the 'heater and key' car. Nowadays, all new cars have to have A/C, good stereo's, and all other manner of amenities, not to mention the safety measures mandated because of public outcry. If we as Americans were more content to drive smaller, more reasonable cars to get around town instead of the SUV's and the like, then cars wouldn't be so expensive to begin with. That argument of your is a non-starter with me.

(Full disclosure: I drive a mini-van. First huge car I've owned in 20 years. My grandmother left it to me when she passed away. I also ride motorcycles as transportation....)
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