Global Warming on Ice

Either my eyes are deceiving me or Poneke just wrote a article on global warming that can’t help but agree with.

Apparently, a “denier” even won a bet.

Unfortunately, those whose reputations, or belief structures, depend on finding “proof” of human-caused, catastrophic global warming are not prepared to wait for evidence. More than a few are little more than Luddites who want potentially extreme economic sanctions enacted against almost everything that has enabled the modern world to have become the marvel that it is and they want it now. They discount contrary evidence such as the the past decade’s non-warming, and claimed that last year’s ice cap shrinking was a “record” that proved their arguments, when in fact no satellite data existed before 1979.

It’s interesting that the news media, which trumpeted last year’s ice cap minimum as “proof” of global warming, appears not to have much to say about this year’s larger ice cap. I may have missed it, but I have yet to see any New Zealand media run the NSIDC announcement.

Extraordinarily, the New Zealand Herald as recently as Wednesday ran yet another scare story predicting doom for polar bears and claiming the ice cap was likely to reduce below last year’s minimum — this the very day after the NSIDC admitted this year’s ice minimum was greater than the last.

Personally, I believe we should be doing as much as possible — globally as well as locally — to reduce pollution of the environment, whether from car exhausts, factory chimneys, fertiliser run-offs from farms, and all other sources. But this is so we have a clean environment to live in. If human-induced global warming is more than a computer prediction and if it is a bad thing and if cleaning up the global environment really can reduce it, well, that would be wonderful.

I’m not sure, however, that we should be trashing the global economy and starving large numbers of people by introducing extreme measures designed to counter something that exists to date only in computer models.

Interesting point about Luddites – I once heard a BBC presentation where they pointed out that the Luddites were actually a lot like modern liberals as they wanted protection for traditional workers (in the textile industry – they ran the old hand looms) over new technology.

Makes you think.

1 comment

  1. sanctions enacted against almost everything that has enabled the modern world to have become the marvel that it is …

    Marvel comic maybe. This marvel you refer to is getting better every day, but still in its infancy, spews toxic waste into it’s own breeding grounds and water.

    Humanity is a joke, it is fat, short-sighted and uses the military to drive it’s economy with oil as its blood.

    Humanity, certainly on the endangered species list.

    Economics as if people didn’t matter.

    We die only once, and for such a long time.

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