I don’t trust very much of what I hear because of researchers and fundraisers (Al Gore) misrepresenting data and imagery associated with their global warming initiative. Let me start with something that really upsets me and that’s the showing of glaciers melting into the ocean. This has been shown in movies like Al Gore’s: “Inconvenient Truth” and in a lot of other presentations throughout the country. The fact is, ice melts each season and in the An-Arctic it reduces to half its size during the warmer months. So glaciers breaking apart and falling into the ocean is a common occurrence. People like Al Gore are running around scaring people with something that’s part of the normal seasonal cycle. Keep in mind Al Gore became rich after he left office; any guesses on where most of his money came from? He’d sometimes spend $10,000 on fuel in his private jet to give a presentation on the negative effects of carbon dioxide. Apparently he’s not walking the talk.
When’s the last time you heard a bunch of news regarding a large hole in our ozone layer? According to researches we would burn up in a few years. We haven’t heard these scare tactics in awhile because scientific data around the world wasn’t supporting some of these researches.
Something to think about if we did have a large hole in our ozone layer is that it can allow more heat in but at the same time it allows more heat out. A good example of this is when you go outside at night and the temperature is around 50 degrees (colder than usual) and you look up in the sky and see a bunch of stars because it’s really clear out. Then the next night you go outside and it’s closer to 60 degrees and you notice the sky is overcast. Very easy to explain of course as the warming of the ground that took place during the day gets captured more when there’s a layer of clouds in the sky. But on a clear night the heat rises quickly so it cools down faster. Welcome to one of the real ozone affect these researches don’t want you to know about.
Now let’s talk about how the auto industry was attacked for auto emissions (carbon dioxide) and told they had to change the way cars were made. I definitely don’t mind aggressively pushing for less dependence on foreign oil but the attacks on car emissions were more of a scare tactic and there are reasons for this which I’ll sum up at the end of this blog. Researches know that methane gas is 23 times worse on the ozone than auto emissions. This equates to having to drive 12,500 miles in your vehicle to match the methane gas (harmful to the ozone layer) one cow releases each year. There’re over a billion cows on earth; so instead of sharing the truth that driving electric cars and reducing emissions would only put a dent in Global Warming they pushed to make automakers make major changes. The real inconvenient truth (not mentioned in Al Gore’s movie) is that to really address the ozone problem we need to give up hamburgers and steaks. FYI: I’m not on board with this!
Another very important thing to think about is that we aren’t the industrialized nation we used to be so we couldn’t positively impact Global Warming as much as other countries like China and Taiwan. Because these environmental researchers have scared highly developed countries (like the members of the G-8), there has been a major push for emission standards in manufacturing plants. The problem is that the U.S. follows the uniform standards which cost our manufacturers more money to produce products but countries like China aren’t playing by the same rules so their costs in producing products are lower. Of course this is exactly what we don’t need. I think we all know that no one is going to go to China and demand they follow the global policy.
Now one thing I do agree with researchers on is that chopping down trees in places like the Rain Forest definitely increases global warming. This is easy to back up. Think about when you go under a shade tree how much cooler it feels; it’s not a small difference it’s a huge difference especially if there’s a breeze. The tree absorbs the sun’s rays and you get to enjoy the cooler temperature it provides. Not only are you cooler, the ground is cooler as well. This means that while asphalt and areas without the shade of trees are sending the heat back up into our atmosphere, the trees and the ground underneath them have very little heat to send back up into the sky.
A couple of interesting side notes here is that we absorb heat as well and we don’t send it back into the atmosphere. Also, polar bears have dark fur under their beautiful white coats so they can absorb the sun’s rays and stay warmer longer. Lastly, our roads are terrible for their impact on global warming. Asphalt pretty much sends all of the sun’s heat/radiation right back up into the sky. This is why we can see the heat rising off of it. There are days that you could get away with laying on your paved driveway but you’d get terrible burns if you walked out and tried to lie down in the street. Asphalt and pavement are like day and night.
There are so many more areas I could discuss but I know you get the big picture and I never like for my blogs to be too long. My hope is that you’ll take these research studies with a grain of salt. It’s always a matter of “follow the money” and we need to keep in mind that biases come into play when the issue these research firms are addressing is their livelihood. Numbers can be manipulated and people get caught doing it all the time. You can find out more about this in my blog on “Pseudo Research.” I was able to prove to ABC’s Nightly News that they provided data that was incorrect and in one case they modified the next nights broadcast.
Once again I feel that Global Warming does exist but it isn’t to the level that some of these research companies (including universities) are sharing. I can’t say they purposefully misrepresent the data but even if they don’t, they should be embarrassed as to the accuracy of their reports. And it really does upset me when people like Al Gore are out pandering for money and using visual images (like the ice melting into the ocean) that are completely misleading. I’ve never heard him say the An-Arctic melts to half its size each year and then freezes over again to its full size. Sometimes it’s not always what someone says but what he or she doesn’t say, that gives insight into their character.