The topic of global climate change caused by man made greenhouse gasses such as CO2 crossed over from a scientific endeavor to a political agenda many years ago when taxpayer funding entered the equation. Fortunes have been invested selling the idea, at first I’d planned to use the term “proving”; but selling the idea more accurately defines the intricate hoax foisted on humanity.
The plan worked, so much so that billions of dollars have been confiscated in the name of saving the earth from man’s lust for carbon based energy. We have an entire generation of publicly educated automatons running around, quite certain their parents have destroyed the planet simply because they own an SUV and live in a house with central air and heat. Repentance for crimes against the planet varies; but all involve some form of wealth redistribution in order to appease Mother Earth.
There’s an army of pretend scientists, mostly paid and supported from levied taxes, who’ll swear on a stack of journals, peer written journals, that fossil fuels and flatulent bovines are to blame for unprecedented levels of CO2 in our atmosphere. Oceans are rising, glaciers are melting and unless we alter our way of life our planet is doomed; did I miss anything?
Joni Mitchell had a tune, Both Sides Now , which mentioned clouds getting in the way, robbing her of precious sunlight, turning her friends against her and otherwise ruining her world. I could be mistaken; but clouds do that, it’s part of the general cycle on this planet.
Enter Dr. Henrik Svensmark and his theory, Influence of Cosmic Rays on Earth’s Climate a theory which cast a considerable shadow of doubt on man made global warming; directing our attention to cloud formation due to the Milky Way, star formation and disintegration. These distant neighbors direct cosmic rays toward Earth; sometimes they reach us while other times our Sun redirects their paths.
In his own words, Dr. Svensmark proposed, “If there is a causal relation between cosmic ray flux and cloud cover it is expected that the long term variations in cosmic ray should reflect variations in Earth’s temperature and should be important in an explanation of the high correlation between solar cycle length and global temperature.”
Interestingly, there are scientific means which can measure the history of cosmic bombardment here on earth. What Dr. Svensmark wanted other scientists to consider was if a relationship between cloud formation, climate changes and cosmic rays could be solidified into a homogenous data field which supported the idea that something other than CO2 was a major factor in climate change. He was asking folks to give up a politically correct agenda in favor of pure scientific research.
(A multi-part video, The Cloud Mystery , is available on the internet which explains this theory in laymen terms. It has some neat background music reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s televised series, The Cosmos. Unfortunately you have to supply your own “hockey stick” as no such outlandish fabrications are included)
Needless to say the man made global warming community labeled Dr. Svensmark a Kook, with a capital K. His work was ignored and wasn’t published for years. Imagine, accepting the idea that stars which blew up 250 light years ago or a thousand light years from here could have anything to do with global warming on Earth, preposterous! And anyway; we already know global warming is a settle science; one which pays our mortgage, trips to meet with other global warming scientists and covers our research that proves CO2 is to blame.
Progressives demand legislation to correct man made global warming through wealth redistribution (taxes), or by implementing expensive measures to contain the damage of man made global warming via agencies like the EPA. Perhaps we should take a moment and listen to Joni Mitchell’s song, ponder it’s meaning for a moment and point upwards to clouds shaped like elephants, dogs or exotic sports cars.
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s clouds illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.
Stop this “self loathing” of mankind, as if we were never intended to enjoy what our Creator has provided. We’re not in control here on this spinning planet nor do we understand how everything works in this universe; let’s say Thank You, Sir, and leave it at that.
The Moral Liberal associate editor, T.F. Stern, is a retired City of Houston police officer, self-employed locksmith, and gifted political and social commentator. His popular and insightful blog, T.F. Sterns Rantings, has been up and at it since January of 2005.