I never cease to be amazed at the outrageous lies postulated by politicians. And I am continually asking myself, "Are they really stupid enough to believe what they're saying, or are they stupid enough to believe that we do?"
I'm a republican, which means I think in only facts. When someone tells me something, I check it against what I already know or, if necessary, I look it up to see if it's true or not. Apparently there are a whole lot of people who don't.
Secretary of State Lurch Kerry recently made the statement that global "climate change" is the greatest challenge facing civilization in the 21st century. Now, I don't know if Secretary Kerry is actually so ignorant of the basic factors controlling the climate of this planer that he could really believe that human activity could possibly have an effect on it, or whether he's lying through his teeth. But for his elucidation and the elucidation of any who might be inclined to believe him, allow me to present a few facts.
Fact number one: 97% of the Carbon Dioxide entering the atmosphere comes from the natural biological processes of non-humans. This is composed mostly of rotting vegetation but includes everything from cow flatulence to fish exhalations. That means that only 3% of the carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere comes from human activity. So if you take away all our cars and shut down all the electricity generating plants and take human civilization back 10,000 years to when man invented agriculture, the most you could accomplish is a 3% reduction in carbon dioxide. Is that really worth deliberately kiting energy prices?
Fact number 2: carbon dioxide has no appreciable effect on the climate. Even during the Cambrian period, 550 million years ago, when carbon dioxide was 7% of the atmosphere (17.5 times higher than its current level), the earth's temperature was a comfortable 20° (76F). It turns out that water vapor, at 50 times the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, is the only gas that has any meaningful effect on the planet's heat retention. The proof of this is the fact that, on the Gobi desert or the Sahara desert, where there is very little water vapor, the temperatures drop to below freezing as soon as the sun goes down.
Fact number 3: the earth is currently getting colder. Lurch Kerry may be ignorant of the fact that the north polar ice cap grew 920,000 square miles, nearly doubling its size, from August 2012 to August 2013, but surely the Secretary is observant enough to have noticed that our winters are getting progressively longer and more severe.
Fact number 4: the only significant controller of our temperature is the intensity of solar radiation. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the polar ice caps on earth were melting, the polar caps on Mars were also receding. Now that our polar caps are growing again, guess what? So are the polar caps on Mars. Why is this significant? Because the temperature on both planets is obviously controlled by our common star, the sun.
Our sun is not stable, however. Eight times during the last 750,000 years, it has cooled to the extent that the Earth went into a glacial period. Even during the current interglacial period, there have been significant swings in solar radiation intensity. The Roman Empire flourished during the solar warming period from 0 AD to 550 AD. In 1,000 AD, following the solar cooling period of the "dark ages," the Earth was so warm that the Norwegians founded a colony on Greenland, which was green at the time. The colony flourished for 300 years, until, in 1300, the sun suddenly cooled again. By 1350, the Greenland colony, unable to grow crops due to the extreme cold and cut off from supplies from the motherland by massive amounts of sea ice, died.
There are many other facts significant to the actual mechanisms controlling global temperatures, but these four should be sufficient to dispel any doubts in Secretary Kerry's mind – or in the minds of those who would believe him – that humans have no effect on the process.
The tragedy, of course, is that it won't. Nor did I ever have any illusions that it would. I realize that I'm preaching to the choir – but the only chance we have to salvage our republic is to grow the choir.