Friday, June 27, 2008

How much proof do you need?

For years climate scientists have been telling us the earth is warming due to man-introdued greenhouse gasses. They told us the global average temperatures would start rising and it did. They created climate models that predicted extreme water conditions, more pronounced droughts and more violent storms. These things have been coming to pass.

They warned the polar ice was melting, and that as it melted the reflective ice would be replaced with heat-absorbing darker water and that this would create a "feedback loop" which would accelerate the pace of the warming.

Scientists are now saying...

"It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year.


Making predictions based upon observations is what you'd expect from theories that are reliable.

Even more than that the basic science boils down to this...

Carbon is dark, like coal or tar, and like them it absorbs heat well. You can confirm this by walking barefoot on sunny pavement and contrasting that by walking barefoot on sunny cement.

What these Exxon/Mobil hirelings are trying to confuse is that elementary science. You can expose the silliness of their arguments by taking your shoes off at any sunny parking lot near you. You can also think about Venus if it is nighttime. Venus is further from the sun than Mercury, yet hotter. It is so because it has an atmosphere in a state which scientists refer to as "run away global warming".

Time is short and as humans squabble over the last vestiges of a lifestyle that is killing us, a much larger problem goes unnoticed. It can only be addressed with international unity of purpose. It can only be addressed when governments tax that which generates carbon to fund that which does not. While I fear nuclear power for its waste and meltdowns and proliferation of dangerous weaponry, I prefer it to planet-wide destruction and am willing to support it because it doesn't put carbon in the atmosphere.

I will also support wind power and solar power and any other project that generates power without carbon.

This must be a priority. The evidence says so.

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