Thousands were drawn to the “Climate March” in New York City as officials from around the world met at the United Nations to discuss climate policy. The climate concerns a great many people, and this is reasonable: At least for now we only have one planet.
There are many who question the authenticity of all the global warming hype. So, is global warming, global cooling or climate chaos even real?
Well, no -- but climate change is. The climate does indeed change. It has changed in the past, and it will change in the future.
Climate change is a real problem to which I will suggest a solution, but terms like global warming, global cooling or climate chaos are intended to create fear and devotion to a cause and a savior. These terms do not promote an informed, motivated and capable populace aimed at solving a problem.
We were originally told that humanity’s actions would blot out the sun leading to global cooling. It seems, however, that Earth frozen over isn't terrifying enough -- so, it has changed to global warming where we all die from a devastated ecosystem. This has a little to do with better science, but it does make one question the reasoning behind it.
In reality there has been no warming for 16 years, according to a Met Office report.
The predicted record hurricanes have not happened on schedule. Does this refute climate change? No. Humanity is enjoying its present success thanks to a brief warm period in between the glaciations of the Ice Ages.
It’s been going on for about 12,000 years. During this time we have built civilizations, developed technologies and gone from tribal nomads to setting foot on the moon. According to a New York Times article, the next glaciation period will begin “any millennium now,” and most of North America will be crushed underneath a glacier. Poor Canada will be the first to go.
Just as well, mass extinctions have been caused in the past by extreme volcanic activity.
Impacts with celestial objects can have similar effects. Geological activity, planetary positioning, and life itself may have effects on the climate.
So, are humans having an effect? That’s ultimately beside the point. Our emissions probably have at least a somewhat negative effect on the atmosphere, but in the long run far greater forces than humanity will shape the future climate.
Let us remember we aren’t even a tier one civilization (we're the lowest rating on the Kardashev Scale: zero).
People will develop ways to be cleaner.
We are certainly finding ways to reuse and preserve our resources, but for some reason there are those who feel we need to be compelled to do this -- as if people on their own aren't inventing things that will make them money.
Case in point:
Diesel cars in Europe can get up to 300 mpg, and yet they are illegal here due to “emission standards” despite the fact that these cars’ emissions are cleaner than our own. And to make matters worse, many of these cars are made here in the U.S. -- or are made by American companies located in Europe.
Why can’t we have them? Perhaps it's because if we consume less fuel, we will buy less fuel. If we buy less fuel, fewer taxes are gained from fuel companies. This seems quite credible when you consider the average tax per gallon of gas is 49.5 cents as of 2012.
The government possesses no incentive to save the planet, but to garner tax dollars.
In truth, we certainly should be concerned about the future of our planet’s climate. We should promote studying it, we should build terraformers in the event we need them to counteract disaster, we should diminish or eliminate all unnecessary emissions, and we should terraform Mars like many NASA scientists wanted to begin doing well over a decade ago.
None of this should entail paying a carbon tax, limiting mobility, limiting technology, limiting the economy, banning efficient products, etc.
The climate will present challenges for which we should be ready, but this does not mean we should blindly follow when people like Al Gore say something to the effect of, “Yea, verily, I say unto you! Go out my children and spread the gospel. Only higher taxes and fewer freedoms will spare us the coming day of cataclysm.”
Is it not more in the spirit of science to ask, "How can I fix this? How can I improve my understanding of this?" -- rather than be reactionary and screaming, “Everybody panic!”
This article first appeared on Patriot Talon.
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