Why every snow flake is NOT a sign that so-called "Global Warming" is a hoax...
- From: "Tad Perry" <tadperry@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 04:06:48 -0800
It sure has been cold, and there sure has been a lot of snow.
I know that there are many people out there who wonder "What happened to the
predictions of a new Ice Age."
Well, nothing really. The point has been that there is extra CO2 in the
atmosphere and that this leads to warming. However, heat is just another
form of energy, and energy can and does convert between various forms. So,
even though we're all freezing our butts off, it took a lot of energy to
drop all this snow on us and drive all this weather.
Also, there is a weather pattern cycle that is somewhat like a swing. The
temperature goes up, then goes down, then goes up, then goes down. That's
the natural trend that takes place without humans doing anything. However,
our current situation is more like a kid on a swing with an adult pushing.
If the adult adds more energy than the last time each time he or she pushes,
the kid will go higher each time. At some point the kid might go so high as
to just go up and over the top.
The current situation is somewhat analogous in that the difference between a
meltdown and an ice age is equivalent to asking which way the kid will go up
and over. Will it be on a forward swing or a backward one?
This is hard to know, but with the constant push toward more and more energy
(heat), the usual trend where things start freezing may be a barrier that we
break through and which does not occur in the manner it always has
historically. In other words, it's going to be so hot in the future that all
this ice and snow melts away just like it is melting away off of all the ice
shelfs and glaciers. This snow and ice is nothing permanent; it's nothing to
take solace in.
In the end, it really is a warming disaster in the making even if we are
looking at it from the back end of our current swing through the cold part
of the cycle.
ObActivism: Remember, all that CO2 could easily be countered by a mass
effort world wide to plant trees. Have you planted any trees lately? Why not
plant at least as many trees in your lifetime as would equal your carbon
footprint? That's one thing that *anyone* can do. I have, and I hope that
whether or not you believe in Global Warming, you do, too.
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