A Few Questions about Climate Change

“Climate Change” appears to be the reason for panic this year, at least until we find out that Iran has nuclear weapons.  Some people even think you should limit the number of kids you have so that you reduce your carbon footprint and don’t contribute as much to “man-made climate change.”  (I suspect most of these people don’t much like kids anyhow.)

For those inclined to panic, here are some questions:

1.  What temperature should the planet be?  Should it be warmer than it is now, cooler than it is now, or should it remain just the same as it is now?  Explain your answer.

2.  The planet has been both much warmer than it is now (think Jurassic Park), and much cooler than it is now (think Ice Age).  Neither of these conditions had anyting to do with humanity.  Was it good or bad for the planet to be at these differing temperatures?  Please explain why or why not.

3.  If nature will not maintain a “good” temperature for the planet, but rather keeps changing the temperature, then why is it bad for man to change the temperature of the planet?  Again, explain why, and in your answer explain coherently whether or not you consider man to be part of nature, or somehow independent of nature.

Discuss.

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5 thoughts on “A Few Questions about Climate Change

  1. When you review the scientific papers out there you find that nothing has done more to “GREEN” the planet over the past few decades than elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 together with moderate sun-driven warming of the planet. If you should doubt this assertion, simply Google “Biological Effects of Carbon Dioxide Enrichment” and “Solar Inertial Motion (SIM) model of global warming”. Then review the basic documents and a sampling of the scientific bibliographic references. One has to ask the question, “Why have environmental groups and our government turned this obvious gift of nature on its head and buried us in propaganda designed to convince us of just the opposite reality?” As a consequence, I have stopped all donations to environmental organizations and to their favored political party. I highly encourage you to do the same. All my financial donations now stay within 25 miles of my home, where I can oversee and influence their proper use.

  2. Climate change is effecting every country. Is there
    anything we can do at our level to control it? While at high school, I signed a campaign to “Go Green, Promote Green” but nothing big ever happened. This is one cause we all would certainly like to get involved into if only we know how?

  3. John, If I understand you right, you are saying that “global warming” is partially man-made, it is real, and it is a good thing. That is an interesting combination of views, but it could well be right.

    Nancy, before deciding what to do, you have to decide whether we need to do anything. They used to say “global warming”, but now after the last few years they say “climte change.” The earth seems to be on a short term colling trend now, mostly because the sun is having a period of low sunspot activity.

    To maintain the Eath’s temperature at a constant level, we would have to have both a warmin and a cooling mechanism, and we would have to apply those means to offset the natural cycles of the Sun and other causes of climate change. This would make the actions of the Fed look easy.

  4. I have always found it interesting that, until a couple of months ago, I never heard ANY reporting about efforts to actually relocate people or otherwise remediate the predicted effects of climate change. (BTW, a couple of months ago, I heard one story about it on NPR.) I have been left scratching my head over why, if this is a genuine threat to real people, the only big-publicity efforts to counter it are admittedly desperate efforts to try to reverse the effect, rather than any significant efforts to help the affected humans. More recently, I’ve heard reports that a destructive degree of warming is now irreversible, and yet still, hardly a peep from anywhere, about helping threatened people escape.

    I’m not saying these efforts to relocate or otherwise help people cope aren’t there, but if they are, why isn’t it big news?

  5. I agree with John’s last 5 lines. I prefer to take action locally instead of donating it to whoever and whoever does nothing in particular. If everyone does their “bit”, then we can stop it, but people reason “why would I do anthing as so and so isn’t really doing anything too”…We like to look at others always first and then decide what you would do..why that is? Good question. I wish I could do something to stop people always looking at others first..actually not “people”, but children – as they are the adults of “tomorrow”. I do get that constantly in school. And the “blaming culture” too. Let’s all do something about it instead.

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