Thursday, June 18, 2009

Global Warming? Really?

posted by The Vidiot @ 8:00 AM Permalink

Now, I understand weather patterns. I really do, remember, I could be considered a weather girl. However, I have to say, it's June, I live in NYC, and I'm freezing my butt off in the freezing cold and near constant rain.

I'm not complaining mind you. The more cool days we have, the fewer hot days I'll have to live through. Postpone the heat for as long as possible. I know it's selfish of me. I know that I'll not see any good corn this summer, but dammit, we don't have AC and no AC + NYC summer = one of the rings of Hell, and definitely one of the inner rings at that.

But I'm reading about the late start of summer just about everywhere. June snow in one of the Dakotas. Hail in New Jersey. I mean, it's weird. Yet, the media is still screaming global warming and ideas for more taxes are being bandied about the halls of power.

I'm not saying there's no global warming. There may well be. Do I think humans cause it? I don't know. Seems the earth warmed and cooled all by itself without any intervention from us for millenniums. I'm more comfortable saying that the human race are pigs and are making a crap storm out of the planet just with their filth. Should that be taxed? Well, I doubt it's my light bulb that's doing it so I'm loath to give more of my money to the government because of my light bulb. Now, the fellas that MAKE the light bulb however, well that's a different story. Tax them and don't let them dribble down that tax to us. If they don't want to pay the tax, they have to come up with a better way to make the damn light bulb. Why should we suffer?

I just feel like this whole global warming thing is yet another way to socially control the population. Gives them another thing they can dictate to us; telling us what we can do and how to do it.

Any more social control and my head will explode. I feel stifled as it is.

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At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, is it "Global Warming (TM; Al Gore)" or global cooling? How about choice number 3 ... which is "global environmental chaos?"

There are places on Earth that, indeed, display a warming trend. But right now, the northern hemisphere is acting like it wants to indulge a little bit of ice age.

Absolutely nobody however is paying attention to the 100 trillion ton elephant in the room, and that is Statospheric oxygen depletion. As a conservative estimate, the human species is directly responsible for the mechanistic transformation of around 3 billion tons a year of Stratospheric O2 and O3 from free oxygen into various forms of gaseous oxides.

Now, the natural anaerobic life forms of our planet are capable of reconverting only 4 billion tons a year of such oxides back into free oxygen ... practically all of which is done at the lowest of tropospheric levels. And we're not even mentioning the oxygen depletion of all other circumstances on the planet.

It's also important to note that Oxygen (especially in its O3 form) is the ultimate, super-green house gas.


At 1:34 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

And out here in California it's just plain damn weird.

Hot, cold, hot, cold, damn! Pick one or tother, but pick one and stay with it. Every change of 20º or more lights up every pain sensor I have like a carnival - flashing lights, clowns, ferris wheels, pony rides and all (I can get you a good discount on pony rides).

At 2:15 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

"global environmental chaos"

I like it!

Yes Bill, my chiari, albeit a minor issue compared to yours, waxes and wanes with the weather. The changeability of it is driving me nuts too. My head feels like a gas bag.

At 6:13 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...

Don't think of it as 'global warming', think of it as 'climate change.'

It's real,it's caused/accelerated by humans, and it's going to get worse.

For the physics geeks, think of it as pumping energy into a stable system. Rubber bands only stretch so far before breaking.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

I'll agree that there is climate change. But I can't agree that humans are the cause of it entirely. There's a lot to be said for the sun and it's energy output. Additionally, I can't get the climate scientist friend's words out of my head. "Flip on those lights and stave off the coming ice age!"

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beyond all doubt what is (and has been for hundreds-of-millions of years) happening is "climate change." Furthermore, climate change is a 'tried-n-true' element of Earth-life's core genetic heritage and is recorded in the double-helix of all living elements of the environment.

But as far as geologic, genetic, and fossil history tells us (I gotta' be careful not to get the flying saucer crowd mad at me), it is human intellect that first began having a separate and distinct global environmental influence on our planet about ten thousand or so years ago, with the development of agriculture.

Agriculture allowed humans to much more vastly exploit that much earlier human technological development, the mastery of fire. As agriculture allowed local population to produce extensively greater quantities of food base, human populations transformed from the average of modest villages into vast metropolitan expanses.

It is during that time that humans began to specialize as producers of technology, virtually all of which -- in some manner -- exploited in some siginificant (and not too infrequently poisonous) way, the burning of fire.

Even in the most primitive of these times, as a member of the group, each human averaged a dozens-of-times greater free oxygen to carbon-dioxide production consequence than had any other life form ever accomplished.

In these most modern times, the average human participant of civilization is thousands of times both directly and indirectly responsible for the annual transformation of tons of atmospheric free oxygen into nearly double those tons of atmospheric oxides.

But while our species has been annually consuming more oxygen out of the atmosphere than the natural anaerobic life of Earth can replace at least since "The Industrial Revolution more than a hundred and sixty years or so ago, it wasn't until around fifty years ago that the stratosphere was directly assaulted by the development of jet airliners, that industry alone of which annually consumes almost as much free oxygen in both the troposphere and stratosphere as the natural environment can replace.

It seems, this is the first time that this particular circumstance of free-oxygen consumption has ever occurred and the natural element of our greater environment does not yet understand exactly what is wrong ... but it is stupid of "mankind" to think that that natural environment is too stupid to come up with an effective mitigation.


At 4:51 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...

>"but it is stupid of "mankind" to think that that natural environment is too stupid to come up with an effective mitigation."

Yeees, and that solution would be to wipe out the cancer that has infected the planet. IOW, humans.

I prefer we solve the problem ourselves.

'Nature' isn't an organism that thinks and adjusts, it's a system that has finite chaotic boundaries.

We've pushed the envelope, we shouldn't break the seal. (Sorry to make such a simplistic argument, but w/o a ton of reams of sci articles that would be so heavy with EndNotes that this site would collapse into a black hole I thought the Cliff Note would suffice.)

At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"'Nature' isn't an organism that thinks and adjusts, it's a system that has finite chaotic boundaries."

True. However, nature does have a quite effective response whenever it senses that some eco-cancer (a terminal "unbalancer" operating within it at the macro level) poses as a disinfecting threat. Then the macro foundation of life(that being the anaerobic element) simply shuts down ... ultimately "rebooting" the life-cycle stage and causing things to "start over" after the cancer has effectively been neutralized.

As it is, the ruling elite of our own species well understands that the human population is already several times larger than Earth's global environment can sustain for any significant length of time without triggering anaerobic lifes default shutdown impulse.

This is why human-initiated human dieback is already a fait accompli and has been so at least since the end of WWII, and it will principally be accomplished with human-specific bio-pandemics.

I was watching the satellite stations earlier today and again came across that show called "After People" or something like that. Talk about preparing the audience.



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