The Fervent Hope of Climate Change Enthusiasts

Extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on July 8 (left) and July 12 (right). Measurements from three satellites showed that on July 8, about 40 percent of the ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. In just a few days, the melting had dramatically accelerated and an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12. In the image, the areas classified as “probable melt” (light pink) correspond to those sites where at least one satellite detected surface melting. The areas classified as “melt” (dark pink) correspond to sites where two or three satellites detected surface melting. The satellites are measuring different physical properties at different scales and are passing over Greenland at different times. As a whole, they provide a picture of an extreme melt event about which scientists are very confident. Credit: Nicolo E. DiGirolamo, SSAI/NASA GSFC, and Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory

Good morning readers. Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.

The people for whom climate change is central to their countless grant and research applications, and the people for whom NO climate change is central to their business models are probably both grinding their teeth in frustration.

Sooooo. All the academians, school kids being trained to believe they can do something to ‘save the planet’, other people who just enjoy the feel of shrill proclamations, jeremiads and threats of doom briefly danced in the streets.  Whoopteedoo!  Everybody’s going to die!

And the people with business models demanding they fervently deny climate change looked around for buildings high enough to jump from.

However, core sampling of the Greenland ice soon revealed this happens occasionally, last time maybe 150 years ago at a time when nobody claims human beings were causing climate change.

Damn Damn Damn Damn Damn.  Cry the people desparately wanting the ice caps to melt, sea levels to rise and all the coastal cities of the world to drown.

Ohboyohboyohboy! Applaud the folks with the business models requiring a continuation of the kinds of behaviors the other folks think cause man made climate change.

Changing horses in mid-stream isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s necessary.  Fact is, whether climate change is happening, is man made, is going to result in a disaster is just too large an object of comprehension to convincingly argue.  Suggesting academians and school kids can do anything to influence it one way or another is too patently absurd to convince anyone besides a grant review committee from the US Department of Environment.

Besides, there’s Genetic Engineered corn out there growing hair inside the mouths of test hamsters.  The same corn those school kids and academians are having for lunch.

There’s a middling potential for glow-in-the-dark halibut, salmon and whales swimming up out of the north Pacific with butcher knives clinched in their teeth doing a mutant invasion of Alaska to California coastlines.  Time will argue a lot more convincingly and rapidly whether those happen, and if they do they’ll render questions about man made climate change more-or-less moot.

As for business models, there’s a lot of new potential for speculation and investment in new inventions.  An inside-the-mouth electric shaver, for instance, might represent the wave of the future.  Live flashlights made from mullets caught off the Oregon coast, not requiring batteries.  No need to stamp them, MADE IN JAPAN.  That will be obvious enough.

[Insert, “It’s an ill wind that blows no good”, “It’s time to look on the bright side of things,” and other appropriate quotes here.]

Old Jules

9 responses to “The Fervent Hope of Climate Change Enthusiasts

  1. Occasionally reason and cooler heads prevail, so to speak. I can usually count on it happening here. Thank you for this post.

  2. The climate does change. There is plenty of geological and climatological data to show that the Earth has experienced many cycles of greater warmth and greater cooling in the past. I too have written about the Greenland ice sheet data and have pointed out in my blog on this subject that one can derive no satisfactory support from the data to suggest this current melt is evidence of global warming.

    What is evidence, is the correlation of increased ocean and atmospheric temperatures, particularly in the last 30 years, with the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere, and the increasing acidity of ocean water. Surface glaciers in Greenland can melt and refreeze in a mater of days. And I know 30 years in geological time is not even a drop in the bucket of Earth history, but it is hard to ignore trending. We may see it revert but I have my suspicions that this won’t be happening in the next 30 years. And that means we will have peak population, rising air and ocean temperatures, increasing acidification of the oceans, increasing atmospheric turbulence and weather events that will challenge us.

    Is it a great experiment to implement cap and trade on carbon to begin to look at decreasing one of the variables that may be the leading culprit in the trend we are observing? Cap and trade has worked on CFCs and SO2 emitters, so why not use this carrot and stick to begin to control CO2?

    I guess because we won’t see the results for a century and most of us living now won’t be around at the time provides the explanation for why we don’t have the guts to proceed.

    • lenrosen4: Of course it changes. Of course it always has. And probably, of course the behavior of man is contributing to some of the change. The question isn’t any of those, however. After all, what the hell have you personally done in your own lifestyle to counter-balance whatever you’ve done to help cause it? What can you potentially do? What are you willing to sacrifice personally to bet on those sacrifices changing it for the better?

      I’ll be the first to admit human beings are gutless creatures, as you suggest. But I’d be a lot more reticent in admitting there’s anything you know of ways to ‘proceed’ with a microscopic chance of happening. Not because of the gutlessness of humans, but because the argument you’d provide simply isn’t convincing to the people you’d have to convince. Namely, the overwhelming mass of humanity. Old Jules

  3. Old Sol keeps getting a little bigger as he ages. Some day his diameter will reach out past us. He will get angry and turn red (a red giant). But in the meantime he just warms us.

  4. Right now, here in northeastern Vermont, global climate change seems possible as I watch the grass fade from lack of rain. However, when the temperature drops to -30 degrees (F) in the middle of January, I have been known to exclaim, “Where is the freakin’ global warming when you need it?” In short, I lack any credulous data to be certain one way or the other.

    I do know that there are some hybrid and electric automobiles out on the market that might have significant impact on the alleged problem of global climate change… if we could get them distributed to everyone quickly. However, the general business plan (that has a choke hold on the economy) is to charge enough for such vehicles that they are out of reach for many of us, at least until they start selling them as used (pre-owned) vehicles in a few years. This seems a bit too convenient and makes me wonder who is in cahoots with who (or should that be whom?).

    As a longtime resident of rural Vermont, I have observed that cows are very intelligent creatures: they drop a lot of scientific theories, empirical data, and high falootin’ opinions around the pasture all day long. However, they do not appear to have reached a consensus on global warming yet. (This is meant to be taken with a large dose of good humor.)

    Thanks for another good read, Jules!

  5. I’ve lived in one place for 30 years, now (an alarming thing in itself, but never mind) and for whatever reason, I can attest to some sad changes. Time was when you could sneak up to a body of water and find everything from caddis fly larva to schools of fish to tadpoles. A walk in tall grass generally yielded at least a snake or two, some frogs and toads. Night skies were lit by lightening bugs. Gone, all gone here. But there are a hell of a lot of humans, crashing around on wave runners and ATV’s, running A/C and worshipping green lawns. We don’t have to destroy, but we tend to. You all can scoff all you want, but the losses are real and I, for one, am saddened.

    • Melissablue: I don’t scoff as to humanity ripping the hell out of everything it touches. What I scoff at is the folks who believe they know how to keep humanity from doing it. The people who think my scoffs are about whether it’s happening, as opposed to scoffing about them knowing any more about solving it than anyone else. Gracias, J

  6. Yep, times they are a changin’ and we just have to learn to live with it. Nothing I can personally do will make a big difference as far as I can see, so just sweating out this hot summer right now. It can’t be 90-100 forever, or can it?

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