Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Real Inconvenient Truth

Confronting Warmers with facts forces them into intellectual contortions.  First they claim last month’s heat wave was caused by human activity.  When told the warmest July occurred 70 years ago before humans could’ve been a factor, they respond (correctly) that a heat wave is not a trend.  In the next breath they try to claim hurricane activity during a two year period not only represents a trend, but proves that humans caused them.

This year’s lack of hurricanes is not mentioned, but it’s guaranteed any occurring in September or October will be our fault.  Record numbers of tornadoes two years ago in Kansas and Nebraska were blamed on humans while the complete absence of any this year was ignored.  Warmers seize upon any event that fits their paradigm and ignore everything else that doesn’t.

The Warmer’s worldview is closer to religion than science.  In some respects it resembles Puritanism where man’s original sin against the earth is provoking the wrath of nature.  We are being punished for our transgressions and must repent.  On the other hand it is much more primitive in nature and brings to mind the image of al-Gore and his fellow Warmers dancing around the fire in grass skirts.  They are preparing to sacrifice the virgin to appease the volcano gods.  Unfortunately, in this case the virgin is our capitalist economy.

CO2 is a trace gas accounting for only 3.6% of the greenhouse effect (water vapor accounts for >90%).  Man contributes 3.2% of the CO2 entering the atmosphere every year with nature providing the rest.  Reducing the one-tenth of 1% that humans contribute to the greenhouse effect will have absolutely no impact on temperature.  Why do Warmers regard this life-sustaining element as public enemy #1?

Warmers champion so-called “clean” energy because they despise the individual freedom and capitalism fueled by oil.  Their seething rage blinds them to the paradox that more fossil fuel is required in the use of “clean” energy than if the fossil fuel was used alone.  For instance, solar voltaic cells require twice as much fossil fuel to produce than they will replace in their useful lives!

“Clean” energy is supposed to reduce the use of fossil fuels.  Only in the tortured logic of Warmers could using MORE fossil fuel to generate less energy and more pollution at greater cost be considered “clean.”  Obviously, purposes other than the environment are the real objective.