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The paradox of climate change

Posted: September 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

One of the things that I find remarkable is how inwardly focused and self-absorbed young people are today. Wow — I’m starting to sound like Uncle Earl.

I could go get data and statistics but I’d rather just use my own empirical and subjective observations. Those are the only pieces of information that seem to appeal to liberals, anyway.

When I sit down to dinner with my family, I see many younger folks not speaking to their companions but totally consumed by their electronic devices. In fact, they often “speak” to one-another on the devices even though the target of the communication is sitting two to three feet away.

Lost in their own little world.

I must admit that I am on Facebook, but really just to keep up with family. When I look at the “newsfeeds,” I wonder why people feel the need to tell me where they just had lunch, how many pounds they lost last week, or the new color of their hair.

This phenomena was also noted by some media outlets that have done stories on kids taking numerous pictures of themselves and posting on websites and Facebook.

Then it hit me. The “global climate change” debate is very similar to the self-absorbed young person phenomena. Adherents to the climate change mantra believe that man is solely responsible for earth climate changes and that no other explanations exist.

They are so consumed by this thought that nothing can pry their eyes away from themselves (or mankind, as it were).

A recent article in LiveScience contained an interview of Shang-Ping Xie, a University of California San Diego climatologist. Dr. Xie. Sounds like a Bond villain.

Xie explained to LiveScience that there is an inexplicable “flat” trend in global warming over the past 15 years that does not coincide with rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

This disturbing little fact is what motivated many in the alarmist “global warming” community to push for a renaming of the issue into “global climate change,” since the reality was not conforming to their perception.Snicker.

So, if rising carbon dioxide levels were not responsible for “climate change,” what could it be?

The use of buggy whips has greatly decreased over the last 100 years. Maybe that is responsible?

Or, could it be that the popularity of rock-n-roll has grown over the years and has somehow polluted the atmosphere? Frankly, all that Twisted Sister and Alice Cooper music has probably melted several large glaciers alone.

Xie goes on to explain that one possible reason for a flat trend in global temperatures is that the equatorial and tropical areas of the Pacific have experienced a cyclical cooling trend, which has held temperatures in check.

You mean to tell me that there are larger processes going on within our world that may have a greater impact on global climate than me and my fellow humanity? Say it ain’t so, Joe! Or, Xie!

Couple this observation with the knowledge that the oceans of the world are both enormous heat and CO2 sinks (they hold and release a large amount of each), one begins to realize that the models for climate control are extremely complex.

Let’s throw in some cosmic information as well. It is a well-known fact that our sun exhibits 11-year cycles of solar activity and that we are now entering a time of extreme solar flares, radiation, and coronal ejections that will pay havoc with communications and possibly endanger space activity.

Could this solar activity be impacting our global environment? To ignore this factor would be quite foolish because the answer is yes.

Another indicator of the insignificance of man is the El Nino phenomena. Many climate change mavens have pointed to rising El Nino effects as sure proof of man’s deleterious impact.

Not so, says Dr. James Moum, a physical oceanography professor at Oregon State University. Dr. Moum observes that there were El Ninos long before anthropogenic forcing (man’s meddling), and that small portions of the ocean can have a huge impact on world climate temperatures.

Sounds like you and I are not really as important as we think we are.

I am a big proponent of being green. I have solar power on my house, use low-water (or no-water) landscaping, and use fabric grocery bags.

But not because I am saving the world. It saves me money and is less wasteful of resources.

Let’s stop being like self-absorbed young people and realize that we are not as important as we think. The science (and common sense) do not support it.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and has several big oak trees on his property that the city owes him carbon credits for.

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