Hillary Clinton derides Donald Trump for saying climate change is a hoax. Like most of what she has said during this campaign, she is wrong. Trump believes that blaming human activity for a dangerous warming of the planet is a hoax. So do I.
Climate change is a political construct designed to frighten you into giving the government more say in how you live your life. It also gives liberals one more reason to move billions of dollars from your pocket to their friends’ pockets.
Their case hinges on convincing you that burning fossil fuels will create an overheated planet that will destroy life as we know it. If thousands of coal miners lose their livelihoods so be it.
Clinton insists that she knows what the weather will be 50 or 100 years from now and, to prevent a disaster for our planet, you must elect her to stop it.
The hypothesis of the global warmists is that burning fossil fuels emits CO2 that is a heat trapping gas. The current CO2 level is about 400 parts per million parts of atmosphere by volume. They argue that doubling the CO2 level will drive the temperature up by 1.5 to 4.5 degrees C and the planet will burn up.
Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Oct. 22, 2015. (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)
It is worth noting here that during the Cambrian Period 542 million years ago the CO2 level was about 7,000 ppm and it was the most prolific time for life forms in the history of the 4.5 billion year old planet.
CO2 is not the only heat-trapping molecule in the atmosphere. In fact it is a minimal factor.
If you put all of the molecules of atmosphere in a 100,000-seat stadium CO2 will fill 40 of those seats. One of those 40 will be there because of human activity.
Approximately 80,000 of those seats are occupied by water vapor. However, human activity doesn’t impact water vapor so Clinton would like for you not to notice them.
There are millions of other factors that determine what the climate will be in 100 years, but since they aren’t understood, and you cannot be blamed for them, we will pretend they don’t exist.
Just think about this for a minute. Of the millions of factors that affect the climate, scientists understand perhaps a few thousand of them enough to make predictions. They can tell you if it’s going to rain in next thre to five days. As for two weeks from today - no one knows.
As this is being written a Category 4 hurricane is bearing down on Florida and none of the 25 or 30 computer models predicting its direction can assure us where it is going to hit. There are wind, moisture and other forces that are simply unknown and thus unpredictable.
For Clinton to know what the weather will be in 50 years she is going to need more than computer models. She is going to have to know what no one even attempts to explain today.
She is going to have to tell us when that huge body of magma just 12 to 28 miles under Yellowstone park will burst through the surface of the earth. If it bursts it is large enough to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times over. That will change the climate whether you stop heating your home with fossil fuels or not.
Indeed, that magma is likely having an impact on our climate today. No one has figured out how or how much.
Volcanic eruptions produce millions of tons of heat trapping molecules. They also produce dirt, dust and aerosols that inhibit the sun’s rays and potentially cause cooling. No one has been able to quantify the temperature variant. No one can predict when a volcano might erupt or how big the eruption might be – not even Clinton.
Will the San Andreas Fault finally cause an earthquake that will put millions of metric tons of dust into the air blocking the sun’s rays? She hasn’t said.
Dinosaurs disappeared from the planet about 65 million years ago. The most current speculation is that a meteor 6 miles in diameter struck in the area of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and released 2 million times more energy than the most powerful nuclear bomb ever detonated.
The heat would have broiled the earth’s surface, ignited wildfires worldwide and plunged the planet into darkness as the plume of ash and dirt covered the sun’s rays for years stunting the growth of food and starving the dinosaurs.
That all happened before the first fossil fuel engine was invented. Will another meteor strike the earth in the next 100 years? Who knows?
Four million years ago the Arctic was19 degrees C warmer with ice-free summers and no permafrost. All this warmth occurred while CO2 concentrations were well below today’s levels. The polar bears thrived.
Hillary Clinton responds to the theoretical possibility of a 1.5 to 4.5 degree increase in temperature in typical liberal fashion with a vast new government program to “save the planet.”
I think I’ll just enjoy the milder winter.
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