Global Warming

Anyone that still does not believe climate change is real is totally ignoring all confirmed scientific studies. Every study adds additional weight to the claim that the world is growing warmer.
In a recent widely-distributed paper supposedly discrediting the concept of global warming, the speaker was not even a scientist. He used actual facts to reach a faulty conclusion. To a certain extent, science is similar to the bible in that anyone can “prove” anything they want. Yes, CO2 is a naturally occurring gas but concentrations have not been this high since plant life developed. Yes, average global temperatures have been higher several times in the past than they are now. Yes, solar cycles affect our climate. All of what he said was true. Only his conclusions were wrong.
Tell the citizens of the Maldives or Bangladesh (or Florida or Louisiana in this country) that sea levels are not rising. Compare changes in satellite pictures of the Arctic and Antarctic polar ice caps – and all studies indicate that those changes are accelerating. What about an ice-free Arctic shipping channel for the first time in recorded history? One of the biggest fears is that permafrost thawing in the arctic tundra will release massive quantities of methane which is a much worse greenhouse gas than CO2. Given sufficient time, the earth could adjust to these changes as it has several times in the past. Now, these changes are occurring much too quickly to permit such adaptation.
Want to see glaciers in Glacier National Park? Better go within the next five years.
Disbelievers dismiss all scientific climate studies as faulty because of e-mail “chatter” at one research facility ignoring that similar results were obtained and validated by numerous other facilities. If they actually read those postings, they might have noticed there was nothing in those postings indicating the data was in any way incorrect. It was typical of discussion between researchers.
As for the claim that this is the result of normal solar cycles, the claim could (and probably should) be made that we actually are in a period of moderate global cooling. If so, the warming we are seeing is consequently worse than studies indicate. Scientists do not make such unsubstantiated claims since they can not be validated – only doubters use such unsupported arguments.
What conclusion should be drawn that the highest yearly global temperatures recorded have all occurred in recent years? Global ocean temperatures this past summer also were the highest ever recorded. How are massive coral die-offs resulting from these increased ocean temperatures explained?
Even if anyone is skeptical of global warming claims, there is one thing they should consider. What if they are wrong? If we reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions and those emissions subsequently are shown to have not been the cause of global warming, the planet has not been irreparably damaged. However, if we do not make that effort…
There are other good reasons to switch to a non-carbon based economy. It is just good business: it will create jobs and provide an economic stimulus. If we do not become a leader in this new field, it will be dominated by the Chinese. Additionally, I do not believe we should be borrowing money from the Chinese to buy petroleum from Arab states that use that income to fund anti-American terrorists. That is like buying the rope they want to use to hang us.
I would much prefer a “carbon tax” to “cap & trade” but too many coal and petroleum producing states are opposed. Consequently, though I believe cap & trade too difficult to monitor or regulate to be successful, I’ll settle for something rather than nothing.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but, hopefully, it is an informed opinion. When someone states “Anyone that still believes that climate change is going to ruin the world, has an agenda not facts”, I can only conclude they are the one with an agenda, not the facts. People tend to only read and hear what supports their preconceived beliefs and disregard anything not in accordance with those beliefs. Most people are ignorant as to what actually constitutes science. Unfortunately, in this case, that could prove disastrous.

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About lewbornmann

Lewis J. Bornmann has his doctorate in Computer Science. He became a volunteer for the American Red Cross following his retirement from teaching Computer Science, Mathematics, and Information Systems, at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. He previously was on the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Stanford University, and several other universities. Dr. Bornmann has provided emergency assistance in areas devastated by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. He has responded to emergencies on local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), assisted with Services to Armed Forces (SAF), and taught Disaster Services classes and Health & Safety classes. He and his wife, Barb, are certified operators of the American Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV), a self-contained unit capable of providing satellite-based communications and technology-related assistance at disaster sites. He served on the governing board of a large international professional organization (ACM), was chair of a committee overseeing several hundred worldwide volunteer chapters, helped organize large international conferences, served on numerous technical committees, and presented technical papers at numerous symposiums and conferences. He has numerous Who’s Who citations for his technical and professional contributions and many years of management experience with major corporations including General Electric, Boeing, and as an independent contractor. He was a principal contributor on numerous large technology-related development projects, including having written the Systems Concepts for NASA’s largest supercomputing system at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. With over 40 years of experience in scientific and commercial computer systems management and development, he worked on a wide variety of computer-related systems from small single embedded microprocessor based applications to some of the largest distributed heterogeneous supercomputing systems ever planned.
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