There are a lot of important, legitimate issues that Americans are facing. Besides the hundreds of issues we face on a personal level, there are social and political issues we face on a national level. National security, foreign policy, abortion, unemployment, taxes, regulation, pollution, trade, and a host of other issues that would take too much time and space to list here.
Almost everyone has a "pet" issue they have taken up and mine is global warming. While I did not pursue a science degree I have always loved it. As a senior in high school I received the award for Best Chemistry Student and I worked as a chemistry lab assistant in college.
Doomsayers have existed throughout history and the global warming freaks are no different. I won't bore you with an unabridged list of hysterical predictions about imminent disasters but I must name a few. The first few that have a date of 1970 were related to the first Earth Day.
- By 1985, air pollution was predicted to block out 1/2 of sunlight. - Life magazine, 1970
- An ice age was predicted due to "dust, cloud cover, and water vapor." - Newsweek magazine, 1970
- Temperatures were expected to drop by 11 degrees from 1970 to 2000 which would be twice the amount needed to cause an ice age. - Ecologist Kenneth Watt, 1970
- "Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." - Harvard Biologist George Wald, 1970
- By the year 2000...the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America and Australia, will be in famine." - Professor Peter Gunter, 1970
- The comet 73P Schwassmann-Wachmann was predicted to strike Earth on May 25, 2006, and cause widespread devastation. - Eric Julien
- Other predicted causes of Earth's demise which have not happened are solar flares, asteroid strike, worldwide drought, overpopulation, flooding, leaving orbit of the sun, a virus, deforestation, and many more.
The models used for global warming are full of bad science. Even if it was good science, you cannot predict a long-term cycle like global warming using limited, short-term data. Here's an mathematical analogy.
Let's talk about distance and angles. If I point a laser light at a 6" by 6" target that is 12" away, I can easily hit the target. I can even pivot the light several degrees in any direction and still hit the target. Now I move the target away from me to a distance of 20 feet. What happens if I pivot the light the same amount as before? At times it will be off the target. If I move the target to 100 feet away even minimal movement puts the light off the target. Imagine the target was one million miles away (assuming I could see that far). What would happen if I pivoted the light by just 1 degree? The light would be 17,455 miles from the target.
That, my friends, is what the global warming alarmists are trying to hide. They want you to think they can take a few years worth of data and extrapolate it over the next 10, 20, or 50 years. Sorry, but the Earth has been here longer than a few years and we don't have data far enough back to extrapolate anything.
The only scientifically provable fact that is relevant is that the Earth cools and warms in cycles. It occurred before man was on this planet and it will continue as if we weren't even here. Just a few days ago a CNN meteorologist stated this on Lou Dobbs:
To think that we could affect weather all that much is, is, pretty arrogant. Mother Nature is so big. The world is so big. The oceans are so big...We have a hundred years worth of data, not millions of years that the world's been around.Then another guest, Jay Lehr, Science Director for the Heartland Institute, says this:
If we go back to The Revolutionary War 300 years ago, it was very, very cold. We've been warming out of that cold spell from The Revolutionary War period and now we're back into a cooling cycle. The last 10 years have been quite cool and right now I think we're going into cooling rather than warming...All we can do it adapt. It is the sun that does it, not man.31,072 scientists in the U.S. alone reject the theory of man-made global warming. This is far from a consensus.
Science 1, Environmentalists 0.