“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” — Mark Twain
Speaking of knowing for sure, Al Gore is pushing a documentary in which he stars, called An Inconvenient Truth. It was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and will have a limited release in the United States in May. You can watch the trailer at YouTube to see the fear-mongering this movie employs. (On a side note, Gore introduces himself as, “I am Al Gore. I used to be the next President of the United States of America.” While this comment elicits hoots of amusement from the audience, it isn’t true. At no point was Al Gore ever slated to become President because at no point in the process did he ever have the necessary number of electoral votes. But that’s a minor nit.)
You can visit the official website for the documentary at ClimateCrisis.net. I took the Mark Twain quote from the first of several quotes to display on the Climate Crisis main page. I find it very interesting that they use it. The site itself is very slick, composed with Flash, but I personally prefer a more low-key site. Whenever I see a site that’s overly “flashy,” I have to wonder if they are using slick packaging to compensate for the fact that the data can’t sell itself. Here’s a chunk from the site:
“What is Global Warming?
Carbon dioxide and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, by burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and temperatures are rising.
Overlooking the grammatical errors such as comma splices and run-on sentences, this is a wonderful bit of misdirecting prose. “Carbon dioxide and other gases” starts it off, getting the readers focused on carbon dioxide while lumping all the rest into the “other” category. But since CO2 comprises less than 3% of the greenhouse gases, that “other” group is rather large. Carbon dioxide, however, has been the poster-child substance of global warming.
Further, in that first sentence it states that the greenhouse gases help keep us warm by “trapping solar heat.” But Steven J. Milloy, the brains behind JunkScience.com, contests this language.
Greenhouse gases … do not “trap heat,” but could be fairly described as delaying the energy transfer from Earth to space. “Trapping heat” implies that the energy is stuck in the system forever — this is a false notion. Greenhouse gases do not emit energy in the same bandwidth that they absorb energy, and thus emissions from carbon dioxide are not absorbed by carbon dioxide. While energy may be delayed on its inevitable journey back to space, it will eventually be emitted regardless of the number of intervening stages.
As part of its drum-beat of environmental woe, the Climate Crisis site states that man’s actions have “dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.” Hold onto your hats, folks! They are right that CO2 levels have increased in the last two centuries. All the decades of factories, coal plants, and automobile emissions have raised the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere from about 0.028% to about 0.038%. That’s two hundredths of one percent increase, and that is what is known among environmental fear-mongers as a dramatic increase. To put that into perspective, it’s like calling up your electric company and complaining about your monthly bill having been “dramatically increased” because it went from $100.00 to $100.02.
And right after shocking you about an increase in atmospheric CO2, they hit you with “and temperatures are rising.” I normally call these rising temperatures “Spring,” and I don’ t freak out about it. Humor aside, is there any proof that the two hundredths of one percent increase in CO2 is the sole cause of the temperature increase? The increase in solar activity and global warming on Mars (and Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto) suggest to me that the primary cause of our temperature increase is not man-made. But that sort of idea doesn’t get government grants or create documentaries.
Visit the Climate Crisis site and watch the movie trailer. Then visit Milloy’s page at Junk Science and read his explanation of the real inconvenient truth about global warming. It’s not made with Flash, and there isn’t any music playing in the background, but there are over 6,000 words of solid information, debunking the global warming propaganda with real, checkable, scientific facts. I quoted one part above, but here are two bits that I think are particularly worth quoting:
Change is what the climate is always doing and is the result of our planet’s orbital eccentricities, axial wobble, solar brightness variation, cosmic ray flux, etc.. There are also plausible terrestrial drivers of climate change too, including super volcanic events and tectonic movement, but these are not in the realm of anthropogenic (manmade) effects and so we won’t looking at them here.
The global mean temperature over which there has been so much obsession is only one part of climate — for example, how wet or dry the climate happens to be is probably of far greater significance than a simple mean temperature — in fact, it’s not even clear that a global mean temperature is a particularly useful metric. However, it is the cause of great angst at present so it will remain the focus of this document for that reason alone.
But we’re responsible for all the carbon dioxide greenhouse effect?
Gracious no! Humans can only claim responsibility, if that’s the word, for about 3.4% of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere annually, the rest of it is all natural (you can see the IPCC representation of the natural carbon cycle and human perturbation here or a simple schematic from Woods Hole here). Half our estimated emissions fail to accumulate in the atmosphere,” “disappearing” into sinks as yet undetermined.
After you read Milloy’s Junk Science page, I think you will agree that those people who beat the drum of man-made global warming are the people who already know for sure that man is causing it. And they won’t let a little inconvenient truth get in their way.