I continue to be both alarmed and amused that anthropogenic (manmade) global warming is such an important issue for the political left to focus on at a cost to our economy of trillions of dollars over a period of years.
When experts such as Timothy Ball, Richard Lindzen, Timothy Patterson, Scott Armstrong, William Gray, Kesten Green, John Coleman, Joe D'Aleo, Lord Christopher Monckton and Joe Bastardi – along with so many others that have been published on the subject of global warming – agree global warming is not caused by human behavior, the matter is not at all settled.
Joe D'Aleo described our atmosphere as a 100 story building, with man's contribution of carbon dioxide amounting to the level of linoleum on the first floor. Even though atmospheric carbon dioxide continues to accumulate – it's up 4 percent since 1998 – the global mean temperature has remained flat since then. Further, CO2 is only 0.038% of our atmosphere (1/27 of 1%, which is less than 4/100 of 1%), and nature, not mankind, is responsible for more than 95% of that small number. That raises some obvious questions about the theory that CO2 is the cause of climate change. How much would we have to spend to reduce it enough to be able to measure it? Moreover, the positive affect of increased CO2 is to cause plant life to grow larger and produce more.
I am also reminded that Newsweek in April of 1975 proclaimed a coming ice age. This was after NASA, in 1971, predicted a disastrous ice age may only be 50 or 60 years away. Media hysteria always has us starving, freezing or burning up. That is the nature of their business ….. facts seem to matter very little.