Just like last year, my “essay” on climate change caused more reaction than anything else I have written in these rants this year. And that is not surprising. One cannot pick up a newspaper or watch a TV news program without being pummeled with phony propaganda. So let’s explore the subject a bit more. There is no question that the climate does change, but that doesn’t mean that it is a bad thing or that it will doom mankind (not to mention womankind, which would be the greatest loss). Of course, when you have movie stars predicting disastrous weather that makes it a lot more credible, doesn’t it?
First it was “Global Warming” but since the earth’s temperature has only risen one (1) degree in the last 20 years, that bull hockey was a little hard to sell. So the pseudo-scientists changed it to the more acceptable “Climate Change.” The climate has changed just in my life time. When I was a very small child in North Carolina I recall one time when my dad had to dig a path through a couple feet of snow to get to the barn and the other out buildings. Now snow in the same area is as rare as it is in Atlanta.
Scientific studies are based on data that are collected over a period of time. And we only have weather records for about the last 150 years, while the earth has been here for billions of years. And much of the early data are “anecdotal” meaning that it is in the form of logs and diaries kept by farmers and other country folk. So based on a measly 150 years of data, some of it because of a farmer’s good or bad crop, we are going to “predict” how the climate is going to kill all human beings in a thousand years unless we put up solar panels and windmills and quit driving cars. I’m not opposed to solar panels and windmills where there is plenty of sun and wind; we just don’t need them to survive. And, even the gloom and doom predictors are still driving their cars.
Now, I ask you, does making thousand year predictions based on 150 years of data make any sense to you at all? Of course not. But if you look at the baseless predictions of all the “experts” and realize that getting on the climate change bandwagon can make you a lot of money, hey – hold the horses, let me on there, too! And, if you consider that all the hoopla about climate change is not about the climate at all, but about “controlling” people, then you might begin to see what the real agenda is.
But, John, you idiot, the ice caps are melting, the seas are rising, and we have tons more of tornadoes and hurricanes than ever before – the climate IS changing. Well, not so you’d notice. We don’t have any more “BAD” weather than we have ever had. What we do have is more sources of communication. When I was a child we didn’t even have weather warnings on the radio. The only way we knew a (“torpedo,” as an old lady in my neighborhood used to call tornadoes) had struck was if somebody came by from where one touched down and told us about it. Now, we have 24 hour weather channels and we have the Internet. We just know more about WHERE bad weather is occurring than ever before. That may make it seem like we have more serious weather conditions than ever, but we don’t, we just know about them now almost as they are happening. A few wind-blown bunnies on the beach when a hurricane is still hundreds of miles away, can make it seem like the end is near. .
The climate, even with our sparse data, does show some changes over the years. It seems to come in cycles that roughly run about every 50 or 60 years, and we have yearly cycles and even monthly cycles. But over a period of time, Mom Nature seems to even things out. We may have several years of dry conditions, but they will be followed by a period of wet years. We may have hotter summers and colder winters, followed by cooler summers and milder winters.
The main difference in the climate now is that there is money to be made from dire predictions. And when money is involved – you can buy whatever “prediction” you pay for.
Can I interest you in a prediction of fantastic weather in the year 3,000? It’s yours for no money down, and small monthly payments. (Make the check out to Johnny Beckman.)