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Keeping the "anal" in analytical... (While trying to remain civilized)

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Climate changes?

Absolutely! Quite often, in fact. I can't think of too many things that change as much.

Recently, we had above average temperatures; now they're below average. Put that together and you wind up with...average.

A view outside "La Casa de Camo" now:

Glibness aside, there has been about a 1º rise (Farenheit, no less) in the Global Mean Temperature over the past 100 years. Also, in the last decade temperatures have been growing steadily warmer. Of course, prior to that, there was a cooling trend, which was preceded by another warming trend, that followed yet another cooling trend...etc., etc., ad infinitum.

I am sick unto Death of all the politically-driven alarmism about this anthropogenic "Global Warming" hysteria that we as a society have been bombarded with in recent years.

Not only that, but if you dare to be skeptical about the questionable scientific method employed to reach the conclusions that you are expected to accept on faith, then you are branded a heretic by the "Church of Climatology"*. It's that serious.

Now the Weather Channel has jumped on the "bandwagon", and I took it upon myself to do some research of my own.

Consequently, I present more [than you probably wanted to know] about this business of global cooling/warming...climate change.

First, some commentary on the Weather Channel's official position by a broadcast meteorologist (and blogger) by the name of James Spann:

Some "climate expert" on "The Weather Channel" wants to take away AMS certification from those of us who believe the recent "global warming" is a natural process. So much for "tolerance", huh?
I have been in operational meteorology since 1978, and I know dozens and dozens of broadcast meteorologists all over the country. Our big job: look at a large volume of raw data and come up with a public weather forecast for the next seven days. I do not know of a single TV meteorologist who buys into the man-made global warming hype.

"Aliens Cause Global Warming"
by Michael Crichton
(The man is brilliant. He can write, too!)

Water Vapor Rules the Greenhouse System

Climate of Fear
Global-warming alarmists intimidate dissenting scientists into silence.

Global Warming: A Chilling Perspective

Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years
by Dennis T. Avery, S. Fred Singer

Past Climate Change

Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Livestock’s long shadow
Environmental issues and options

Common Misconceptions About Global Warming

Question & Answer
To help elucidate the mysteries of climate change, Kenneth Green answers fourteen questions and separates hard fact from speculation.

Man, this stuff wears me out...

*Yeah, I made that institution up.


Blogger MargeinMI said...

This is from yesterday's Opinion Journal:


It seems Al Gorebot chickened out on an interview 'cause they wouldn't ask him his pre-programed questions. You know, anything that may question his blather is NOT allowed.

WHY does anyone believe what he says?

OK, off to do my homework. I'll start with the Crichten piece.

Thanks Jack.

January 22, 2007 10:11 AM  
Blogger JR said...

The Global Warming issue is a bottomless money pit... Should we jump on the band wagon and just cash in???

January 22, 2007 11:39 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

Well, man made or not it does seem to be happening. There is not floating around in the north Atlantic an iceberg some 180 miles long and pretty danged wide.
Mind you, I mostly agree that man may have little to do with it but it is man that will pay the price none-the-less as the recent bout of 110mph winds sweeping across Europe will attest.
Changes are coming, for some they may be pleasant changes, for others...not so much I fear.

January 22, 2007 12:32 PM  
Blogger boberin said...

"now" floating, not "not" floating around

January 22, 2007 12:32 PM  
Blogger Road Rider said...

The climate is cooling in Colorado. We got 6 - 9 inches of snow over the weekend to add to the 2 feet we already had. The temps are warmer today: all the way up from the teens to the high twenties. We'll take it!!!

January 22, 2007 12:47 PM  
Blogger darth_meister said...

Camojack, you're in denial about climate change. Why just the last two days the weather went from clear, dry and cool to cloudy, wet and cold. And now its snowing in Arizona! You can't tell me that's not Bush's fault for not signing Kyoto.

January 22, 2007 1:35 PM  
Blogger darth_meister said...

bober, that's the trillion dollar question. If it's indeed a natural climate cycle or if man is only contributing less than 1% to global warming, THEN THERE ISN'T A DANG THING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT.

The biggest contributors to global warming (AKA climate change)in descending order:

1. Sun
2. Water Vapor
3. natural climate rhythms
4. natural Methane
5. natural Carbon Dioxide
6. geothermal and volcanic activity
7. mankind

January 22, 2007 1:40 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

The Weather Channel's "expert" who recommended de-certifying meteorologists who aren't buying in to the "global warming hype," is Dr. Heidi Cullen - "Weather Nazi." Maybe this "expert" ought to read your blog, Jack, since she appears to be totally unaware of the FACT that cyclical climate changes have been taking place since time on this Earth began! Climate changes are the result of God's design, but don't trying confusing with FACTS those whose minds are already made up by their leftist agendas. [algore, Cullen, et al] The fact that man does not control the weather is "An Inconvenient Truth" to these reactionary idiots.

January 22, 2007 3:23 PM  
Blogger boberin said...

Mind you, if we were to attempt some of the "remedies" for global warming we would indeed have cleaner air and be far less dependent on foreign oil so...there may be benefits to be had for complying with the "wackos" wishes, just not the ones that seem to matter most to them (and again I say, to all of us)

January 22, 2007 4:52 PM  
Blogger boberin said...

Breathing is way overrated though so...forget it...dumb idea, my bad

January 22, 2007 4:53 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I'd read that article. I was trying to avoid naming anyone spreading the hysteria, at least directly.

My ethics would prevent me from trying to cash in.

You might want to try clicking on some of the links and reading up on it a little bit. Whereas there is less ice in some places now, there is more in others.

I am certainly not opposed to reducing pollution or reliance on foreign oil, but you've got to look at the "big picture", too. That could cost us, according to a U.N. estimate, $553 trillion over this century.
(Let's not "break the bank")

Road Rider:
Good example of precisely why "climate change" is the term du jour; it can be blamed for cooling or warming.

Actually, I'm a total believer in climate change...just not the profundity of the anthropogenic variety.
(Re-read the post's first paragraph)

As for those contributing factors to global warming, you left out bovine flatulence. There are actual studies on how to reduce that, since it's apparently more of a factor than mankind.
(Feed 'em less beans?)

'da Bunny:
That's the beauty of the term "climate change". When the next cooling cycle rolls around, that will be blamed on humanity as well. To quote Harvard's Dr. Malcolm Ross, "Freeze or fry, the problem is always industrial capitalism, and the solution is always international socialism."

Sums it up pretty well, methinks...

January 22, 2007 7:46 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...


As your quote of Dr. Malcolm Ross suggests, the issue is political. While the reasons for the evident climate changes are probably partly anthropogenic, the cost of reducing that cause is obviously too high. Note also the public's confusion of the term "pollutants" (see Boberin's contention that air quality is at issue) with carbon dioxide.

This debate reminds me very much of the constant questioning of the reasons for going into Iraq, after four years of fighting, there. Hello! We're there, now. Why does it matter? Answer: politics.

Even if we were to greatly exceed Kyoto protocols, we would not appreciably change the effect (if, indeed, there is a human cause).

BTW, Darth's mention of natural methane emissions (number 4)would include bovine flatulence...

January 23, 2007 6:53 AM  
Blogger DreamingLady said...

You are doing a great research on this issue. Bravo! No matter which part of earth is colder or warmer, I believe one thing, the human being is deteriorating the environment. The weather gets irregular and the earth become unbalanced. Water becomes polluted, so does the air! What else you can think of getting better besides technology.

January 23, 2007 2:38 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Excellent post, Beerme, about people's confusing "pollutants" with CO2.

Jack, I LOVED the oh-so-true Malcolm Ross quote! Bullseye, my friend!


January 23, 2007 6:01 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

"I am sick unto Death..."

Wow! Sounds serious! I'll pray for a speedy recovery, and that the malady which afflicts you (i.e., global warming fanaticism) goes into remission.

BTW, I don't think that the California citrus growers who lost record amounts in the recent freeze believe in global warming.

(:D) Regards...

January 23, 2007 8:09 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

The issue is definitely political.

Regarding bovine flatulence, since I was referring to domesticated livestock, whether or not that can be considered more anthropogenic influence is debatable...but of course that was basically a "throwaway" line. Certainly the outgassing by any and all organisms can be considered natural, however.

Human beings are definitely deteriorating the environment, but in a lot of places and a number of ways, that has been improving. Unfortunately, (in a lot of places and a number of ways) it has also been getting worse.

Anything we can do to make things better, within reason, we should.

'da Bunny:
As far as the CO2 factor is concerned, more plants equals more CO2 "scrubbers", not to mention it could go a long way towards combating world hunger if what is planted is of an edible variety.

I'm glad you appreciated the quote.

I think the California citrus growers would agree with you...

January 24, 2007 12:44 AM  
Blogger benning said...

Put yer feet up and relax, Camo! That was a lot of work. Great links! I'm still running them! Yahoooo!

January 24, 2007 3:05 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

It looks like you could use a little Global Warming out there in the "woods"!

January 24, 2007 5:01 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

It was a lot of work...thanks for noticing.

But as for relaxing, that'll happen soon enough, I'll be on vacation next month.

I could use a little Global Warming; I hate the cold.

That's why I'm planning to retire to a warmer clime...

January 25, 2007 12:38 AM  

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