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Linder Letter: Taxing Human Behavior to 'Prevent' Global Warming

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How do you tax termites?

Geese walk across my yard this winter. Photo Courtesy of Author.

The geese that spend their winter between my house and the lake here in Myrtle, Miss. are walking across the lake. My neighbor, who has lived here for 71 years, says he’s never seen this kind of cold before. Even the geese seem confused. Where is Al Gore when we need him?

In 1988 Jim Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies told a Senate committee that, according to his computer model, the globe was warming dangerously. Al Gore, building on Hansen’s and others’ predictions, produced an Oscar-winning film, "An Inconvenient Truth," in which he predicted that oceans would soon rise 20 feet ending life in New York, Miami and the rest of the coastal U.S.

The solution is to reduce the use of energy by taxing it.

The operative phrase here is “computer model.” The entire alarmism on global warming has been constructed on computer models. Since most of the factors that impact climate are still unknown, how do you build a model that can predict anything?

[sharequote align="center"]The entire alarmism on global warming has been constructed on computer models. [/sharequote]

Those same models show a “hot spot” about six miles above the earth over the equator. We have been searching for that “hot spot” with satellite sensing since 1979.

It doesn’t exist.

We are also instructed that there is a “scientific consensus” on this matter and the debate is over.

Well, imagine that. Everyone agrees. They told that to Galileo too. And Einstein. And they were wrong.

Politicians seek consensus. Scientists are supposed to seek truth. Global warming zealots appear to view climate change as politics not science.

Geese walk across my yard this winter. Photo Courtesy of Author.

There is some science to be sure. The CO2 that you and I exhale, and produce by burning fossil fuels, does trap heat. So does water vapor, which constitutes 75 to 80 percent of all heat trapping gases. What shall we do about the clouds?

Termites produce more CO2 than humans. They also produce huge amounts of methane, which is a more efficient heat-trapping molecule than CO2. Why not start there? We don’t start there because we can’t tax termites. Ultimately this is all about controlling human activity and behavior.

If rising CO2 levels threaten the planet, we deserve an explanation as to how this planet survived the Cambrian Period. That era, 542 million years ago, has has come to be known as the Cambrian Explosion since in a very short period of time – 0.0015 percent of the globe’s existence – all of multicellular life that has ever been known to exist on this planet was deposited in the fossil evidence. The CO2 level at that time was 20 times higher than it is now. Indeed, the current level of CO2 is low when measured over the life span of the globe rather than 50 years.

We know that CO2 levels and temperature levels rise and fall over centuries. We also know, that temperature changes precede CO2 changes by from 800 years to thousands of years. That’s a pesky little molecule that can spend seven years in our atmosphere and affect temperatures thousands of years ago.

The earth typically cools due to reduced activity of the sun. During long-term cooling periods the vegetation at higher altitudes begins to die first. Slowly plant life dies down the slope until it reaches the prairies. As grass dies the wind, which never dies, begins to blow dust and dirt over the oceans. Lead falls into the oceans and as it drops to the bottom is catalyzes the growth of phytoplankton.

This file picture shows an enormous iceberg (R) breaking off the Knox Coast in the Australian Antarctic Territory on January 11, 2008. A UN panel said on 27 September 2013 it was more certain than ever that humans were causing global warming and predicted temperatures would rise by 0.3 to 4.8 degrees Celsius (0.5-8.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Phytoplankton needs CO2 to grow and pulls it out of oceans which hold about three fourths of all CO2 on the planet. Homeostasis causes CO2 to move from the air into the water. Thus the reduced temperatures ultimately result in reduced atmospheric CO2.

As sun activity begins to warm the planet CO2 leaves the oceans and enters the atmosphere. Plants begin to grow on land and the process is reversed.

Ocean levels have been rising by about four feet per century for over 11,000 years. During the last century oceans rose only eight and a half inches. Ocean levels appear to have stabilized or are even lowering in this century.

In the last two million years our planet has experienced about 20 glaciations (ice ages). Glaciations last about 100,000 years and are interrupted by warming periods of about 10,000 years. During the warming periods, plant and animal life flourish.

In glaciations people die for lack of food. The $140 billion we have spent on this scientific superstition has done nothing to stem the tide of God’s law.

Climate is always changing.  It is vanity to think that we affect it at all. We can only prepare for it and adjust to it. Some of the serious climatologists, who are not seeking grant money, are betting on cooling. It has been 11,400 years since the last glaciation. The geese are looking south.

John Linder can be contacted at linderje@yahoo.com or on Twitter  @linderje

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