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Climate Change: Back to the Future?

By Mark Alexander · Jan. 14, 2010
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” –John Adams

Three decades ago, scientists coldly calculated that another ice age was imminent. (See AccuWeather’s analysis of these predictions.) But, no longer. Today, they are prophesying that ice cap melts are imminent and will swamp coastal lowlands, where most of the [Leftist elite](http://patriotpost.us/alexander/15881) maintain their second homes. The salvation: The establishment of an socialist international governing authority to constrain free enterprise and the economic/industrial development they blame for global warming.

What is the truth about climate change?

Earth’s climate is changing. It always has, and it always will. Mean global temperatures might, in fact, have trended upward, though recently, many climatologists are now suggesting that the planet might be in a 10-30 year cooling trend. But that won’t stop the legions of Earth-worshipping hand wringers.

If anthropogenic (manmade) CO2 really has been responsible for a global warming trend over the last two decades, then why, with more man-caused CO2 today than at any other time in history, would the climate be cooling now? CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere are estimated to have increased from 280 parts per million before 1750 (industrialization) to 387ppm today – a 38 percent increase, so the ice age hype of the 1970s notwithstanding, how could a warming trend be interrupted?

The Obama administration and their Leftmedia minions are double-talking this apparent contradiction, claiming that global warming is responsible for global cooling, and the lemmings are buying it wholesale.

Moreover, why would those scientists who insist they can predict the temperature 100 years from now, fail to predict the current cooling trend?

There are many factors influencing climate. Variations in solar cycles, solar radiation deflection/absorption, the earth’s core, ocean currents, complicated climate cycles, urban islands, rain forest depletion in some regions, reforestation in other regions and volcanic eruptions are just a few. The influence and interaction of all these factors and many more are much too complex to model precisely enough to draw conclusions about temperature rises and drops next month, much less next century.

According to the best scientific evidence available, much of our planet has been buried under ice for most of the last million years. The duration of the ice ages was about 100,000 years, the most recent beginning approximately 114,000 years ago when global temperatures abruptly plummeted. Just as suddenly, about 10,000 years ago the planet warmed and glaciers receded.

I checked, and there were no coal-burning fuel plants or SUVs in 8000 BC, but that will, of course, not deter the climate alarmists and their cult following.

The most recent effort at establishing an international economic/industrial regulatory body, ostensibly to control CO2 production, was the December ‘09 confab in Copenhagen. Representatives from 200 nations gathered an effort to draft a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the last attempt at controlling CO2 output of industrialized countries.

Kyoto called for the reduction by 2010 of CO2 and other greenhouse gases to a level that was 5.2 percent less than their 1990 output, an average 29 percent cut of current emissions levels.

The accords failed at Kyoto and Copenhagen, primarily because the biggest growth in CO2 production is from China, India and other developing economies. These nations are not about to submit to international agreements to suppress or depress their industrial output.

Despite scandals involving global warming alarmists – most recently the suppression of contradictory evidence by climatologists at the University of East Anglia – and Albert Gore’s outright lies at Copenhagen, it is important to understand that there is a relationship between CO2 levels and global temperature – the “greenhouse effect.”

Though 99 percent of our atmosphere consists of nitrogen (78 percent by volume) and oxygen (21 percent by volume), without greenhouse gasses, primarily in the form of water vapor, in the remaining one percent of air, the mean temperature of earths climate might be as much as 40C degrees lower.

However, the overriding question is not whether the climate is changing – it is – but why is the climate changing? Answering that question requires steady, rational analysis and conclusions, not hyped-up fear mongering driven by political agendas and bolstered by phony so-called “carbon credit” scams.

Though we mere mortals have a natural desire to predict the future and be the arbiters of our own destiny and that of our planet, when it comes to our ability to control global climate, the fact is we probably have less control than a butterfly has in a tornado.

Of course, all the hyperbole about climate change is not so much about global warming or cooling as it is about centralization of the global economy and usurpation of national sovereignty by supranational governing entities.

As Alexander Hamilton warned, “Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.”

Though the climate may be cooling or warming, Leftists never let facts impede their power grabbing agenda, and such is the case with Obama’s “cap and trade” tax legislation.

After usurping the banking, investment, insurance and auto industries and attempting to slice up the national health care sector, the Obama administration will be redoubling its efforts to enact CO2 legislation in order to control the industrial sector of our economy.

The bottom line is this: Human activity does affect the climate. Every time you exhale CO2, you increase the concentration of that minuscule greenhouse gas in the atmosphere – but if you want to make a positive impact upon the environment, don’t hold your breath. Roll up your sleeves and promote liberty, because, per capita, it is the free nations of the world that have the cleanest environments.

Conservation is not a bad word – it even shares the same root word as “conservative.” Indeed, our family makes every effort to use energy and resources wisely. The “waste not, want not” principle is good economic practice.

But make no mistake; those who are attempting to enact global mandates are advancing, first and foremost, socialist economic agendas under the guise of concern for the global climate. The implication for liberty, in those few pockets of the world where it still exists, is ominous.

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97 Comments

Levi in MO said:

An occasional bit of truth is so refreshing.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Neal said:

This hits it on the mark. I am so tired of hearing, "It's so cold because it's so hot".

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM

R.C. in Colorado said:

Another great column today on the global warming hoax, Mark. These scientists, in an effort to keep their funding, have taken the approach used by opinion polls. "Give me the result you want and I will get data to prove it". Now, in the face of growing evidence that the climate may actually be cooling, they are telling us that's what it takes for a warmer climate, more cooling.Keep up the great job!

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:31 AM

A. Black said:

IT IS PAST TIME THAT PEOPLE ACKNOWLEDGE, "GOD IS THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE AND IT IS ONLY GOD WHO CONTROLS THE CLIMATE".

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Daryl Bickell said:

"According to the best scientific evidence available, much of our planet has been buried under ice for most of the last million years. The duration of the ice ages was about 100,000 years, the most recent beginning approximately 114,000 years ago when global temperatures abruptly plummeted. Just as suddenly, about 10,000 years ago the planet warmed and glaciers receded." I would be care in believing this. This just falls into believing in biological evolution. I believe in what the Bible says about a global flood and the after effect of this was the cause of the so called ice age occurring only around 4000 years ago.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Karl said:

An A+ essay! One word; BRILLIANT!

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:35 AM

William R said:

The most casual observer should see that any democrat solution to any contrived problem involves taxes and wealth transfer. If this is such an effective method, let's do away with the local police departments and just put a tax on criminal behavior.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Bob said:

It's also possible that we are in at a low level for CO2 in the atmosphere. In our hydroponic greenhouse, we have a CO2 generator to increse the "greenhouse" gas levels as the plants grow 30-50% faster with larger fruit in the higher concentration. Statistics are wonderful things but when applied to climate change the scope seems to be so narrow that the scientists have missed the big picture.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:38 AM

LarryR in Rawlins, WY replied:

Well Bob, I don't entirely trust statistics because the results frequently are slanted by the statistician. In other words, figures do not lie, but liars do figure....

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Marjean Morton said:

There is a forest, can't remember exactly where, somewhere in the northern north American continent, where no people live and few animals live. This forest produces enough oxygen to supply the entire earth EVERY DAY. I remember seeing this on either the Discovery channel or National Geographic channel. The environment God brought into existence is indestructible by man. The devine laws of nature established are immutable. Even though man will fail and bring a curse on the environment, God will never forsake His creation. In other words, even tho man will do lots to impact our invironment, it can not and will not be destroyed by man, because God said so.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Patrick Mandeville said:

My sister voted for Obama, every can, glass bottle, and piece of plastic gets thrown away in her house. We didn't vote for Obama. Every can, glass bottle and piece of plastic gets recycled. Go figure.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Rifleman said:

It's all about FEELINGS, not FACTS. Since the 1960s, we've taught two successive generations to FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES; to reject anyone or anything who doesn't kowtow to that mantra. That's why Obama was elected: because people FELT GOOD about the "community organizer." Oprah is a Billionaire because people FEEL GOOD about her show. Obama has convinced millions of Americans that Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Pharmaceutical, Big Medicine, Big Insurance, Big Morgage. Big Profit are all something we ought to FEEL BAD about. Algore has amassed a net worth of some $150 Million while he's taken $750 Million in taxpayer shamulus money overseas to build an Eco-car which will sell for $80,000. He's laughing all the way to the bank, riding the tsunami of making people FEEL GOOD about "saving the planet." Geese gather in gaggles. I believe that idiots do as well.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Paul Reinfried said:

I agree with your assessment that global warming / climate change is all a big hoax. However, I do take issue with your statement about the ice age and millions and hundreds of thousands of years ago, which is belief in another hoax called evolution. As we all know from the bible the earth is only about 8 - 10 thousand years old.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM

The Editor replied:

Where does the Bible say that the earth is only 8-10 thousand years old? You seem so sure - we'd be grateful for a reference.

Mark Sussman said:

I found your article to be well written and consistent with much of what I read from other science-based writings. I think that facts will win in the end, but it might be a long, expensive ride if the Conservation radicals have their way. Moreover, the ride will be dangerous both to our liberty and prosperity. I think we've made some progress, largely because the "Greenies" have periodically shot themselves in the foot. But we can't confidently rely on that. What are your thoughts on making the rational, science-based, Pro-Conservation philosophy more widespread and accepted? Where are the best "tip of the spear" Leaders and Organizations?

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM

rpu28 in South Park said:

It's easy enough to determine whether we are in a warming or cooling trend - just define the measurement method and period (e.g. the average noontime temperature of the capital cities of the 100 largest countries, tabulated annually) and see if anything changes. This is good,solid data - but it covers only the blink of an eye in geologic/climatic terms. Movie stars think we're in catastrophic global warming because it was really hot in Malibu last summer; others say we are moving toward an ice age because the temperature trend has been downward for the past five years. It's quite possible that we are hurtling toward another ice age at historic speed, just as they claimed in the 1960's, but are merely undergoing a minor warming period that will last only a century or two; a warming period that will be undetectable to scientists 2000 years from now. Because the reverse is also possible, I'd prefer that we not spend a trillion dollars a year trying to prevent one trend instead of the other. Better to leave that money in the hands of those who will cure malaria or find an economical substitute for petroleum.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Jenny said:

If you'd like more information regarding ice ages, check out answersingenesis.org. They have articles online and books available written by scientists (Christian scientists) regarding global warming and previous ice ages (not to mention many other topics).Thanks for all you do.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:53 AM