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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Smoking Gun on Global Warming

It’s official. Global warming is caused by humans. Most of us already had enough common sense to figure this out. Like the song said, “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

Unfortunately the few people who don’t know — or won’t admit — that global warming is caused by people, are the multinational CEOs and their sockpuppets in the media who just keep reciting what their puppetmasters tell them to say.

Researchers for NASA and the Energy Department have found the “smoking gun” which conclusively ties manmade greenhouse gas emissions to global warming. The scientists’ research was based on ocean data. They confirmed previous computer models on global temperature increases, and confirmed that manmade greenhouse gases play a large role.

Global temperatures will continue to increase even if greenhouse gas emissions were capped tomorrow. But, things “could spin out of our control” if emissions continue to increase. Melting ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica would cause ocean levels to rise. According to one of the NASA scientists, “the climate system could reach a point where large sea level change is practically impossible to avoid.”

The research was done with floats — more than 1,800 of them deployed worldwide — which would go up to a mile underwater to record temperatures and other data. They also used satellites to gauge ocean levels.

The director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies said “there can no longer be genuine doubt that humanmade gases are the dominant cause of observed warming. This energy imbalance is the ‘smoking gun’ that we have been looking for.”

Increasing ocean levels aren’t the only hazard of global warming. We can also expect more powerful storms, new and further-reaching disease epidemics and shifting climate zones: deserts will become wetter and farmland will become parched.

The research also shows that the Earth has significant “thermal inertia.” Changes to the planet’s energy imbalance won’t take effect right away. This gives us time. But it also means that if everyone just sits on their thumbs until it becomes painfully obvious, then we’re doomed. If we wait until every mouth-breathing rightwing jacktard can see it, “still greater climate change will be in store, which may be difficult or impossible to avoid,” according to the study.

OK, can we start dealing with the problem now? It’s time our “leaders” started listening to scientists rather than CEOs who don’t want their profits threatened. Corporate lobbyists, right wing “think tanks” and their mindless parrots in the blogosphere have done too much damage already. It’s time for them to put a sock in it. Better yet, put some methane in it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first thing we should come to the realization that the solution is very complex, so quit blaming everybody who drives a SUV and get to the real heart of the matter.


April 30, 2005 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Bush lies about the environment and probably most other things. He will never admit it and if you mention this to most Republicans they will mark you down as a "Dummocrat", "Moonbat", "Leftist", "Socialist" or "Communist" but all the names in the world don't change the truth. Good post!

April 30, 2005 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Of course it's complex; there are lots of things that need to be done, by individuals and business. Now about your SUV: maybe there's a Geo out there with your name on it :)

OK Democrat: You forgot "Islamofascist." That's my personal favorite rightwing nickname. Yeah, they won't ever admit to being wrong about something, and they'd rather just call people names instead of debating an issue on its own merits.

April 30, 2005 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Talking Tina said...

We need to develop solar power and humanity changes over night.

May 1, 2005 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Talking Tina: I don't know how quickly this is gonna happen. As soon as the oil companies can figure out a way to create a shortage of sunlight, we'll have solar energy.

May 2, 2005 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Ken Grandlund said...

All the science in the world won't change the profit mongerers in the corporate offices and political byways. These people will either condemn the science as "work of the devil" or "whacko science types."

Ordinary people must take charge, turn out the corrupt politicos who keep things the same and demand more from industry with regards to creating alternative sources of energy AND the products themselves.

That great commercial about "platic makes it possible" doesn't let on that many plastics are oil based derivitives. Time to find another way to "make things possible" I think.

May 2, 2005 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Ken: You're right, it's definitely gonna have to come from regular people, and hopefully it'll trickle up. Eventually we'll be running out of oil and the problem will take care of itself. But if we don't have other energy sources firmly in place by that time, running out of oil will cause an economic paralysis that will make the 1930s depression look like a boom time.

May 2, 2005 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Even if we were to conclusively find out that human activity WAS only PART of the problem with the Earth heating up, why would people still not want to do things to help slow down the overall warming process? Why not try to buy humanity some extra time? I would imagine it all boils down to how much the economy would be hurt (i.e., how the pockets of CEOs and rich investors might be hurt) if decisive measures were taken to replace fossil fuels as a source of energy.

There might be some things for which oil would still be needed, but I hope we can eventually get away from using it for fuel or for manufactuing non-biodegradeable products.

With all the great scientific minds we have in the U.S., I nearly feel ashamed that we are not world leaders in developing the technology for alternative fuel source production for our automobiles, for mass transit, for alternate energy sources for electricity, etc. ad nauseum. We know such technology must be out there.

I think we will have to look to other nations, maybe Asian nations, for the development of the technology. I remember when I used to laugh at any label that said "Made In Japan" when I was 10 or 12. By the time I was 20 or so, the quality of Japanese products had increased dramatically. It was around then that we started seeing more Toyotas and Datsuns (later Nissans) in the U.S., and while they were joked about at first, the quality of these products spurred what seemed to me like a revolution in the quality of American-made vehicles.

If other countries like Japan can somehow get their hybrid vehicles to sell better in the U.S., and if they can develop alternate fuel sources for their cars and then successfully market it here, it could provide what our own auto industry could stand more of in this country --- competition. My hope is that history will repeat itself, in that people will laugh at hybrids, electric cars, etc. at first, but then start to buy into the concept. I think that could be what it will take for our auto industry to change.

May 3, 2005 at 8:24 AM  
Anonymous tomharper said...

Snave: That's exactly right. We could solve this (greater fuel efficiency, renewable energy sources) if it was a high enough priority. I know it's a cliche but "if we can put a man on the moon" we can sure as hell figure out renewable energy sources on a mass scale.

At some point the oil will run out, and the global economy will crash if there isn't something else in place by then. Plus it'll be 140 degrees everywhere.

It probably will fall on other countries to deal with this; our most "productive" citizens seem content to just sit around and line their pockets.

May 3, 2005 at 10:46 AM  

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