Thursday, January 21, 2010
Abilene TX Not Impacted by Global Warming
As I wrote earlier at this link, the small town of Abilene, located just a few miles west of Dallas, Texas, seems to have been (and remains today) completely immune to CO2-induced global warming for the past 120-plus years. Such an outcome is not possible if CO2 had the properties (warming the globe) that climate alarmists insist it has. One cannot have some areas warming due to CO2, and other areas completely unaffected. Physics does not work that way, as physics is impartial. It either works, or it does not.
How can I say such a thing, and does my statement have any credibility? I think it does, because I studied physics in undergraduate university, and in the same physics classes as those majoring in physics. I also studied chemistry, again competing with those majoring in chemistry and pre-med students. I also studied mathematics, including statistics, calculus, and differential equations, again competing with those majoring in math. All of these, and more, were required courses to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. I would say I am quite qualified to speak on the subject. Based on the hundreds of educated, technical people in the audiences where I give speeches, many others agree.
However, I really like the sentiment expressed in a comment on that Abilene posting, where an anonymous reader wrote that (my paraphrase) It is a good thing that scientists in 1940 did not know that the past 30 years had such a high rate of temperature increase (it was 4.5 degrees per century, or 0.045 degrees per year). That is 50 percent greater than the rise from 1975 to 2009, that has caused such alarm among modern climate scientists. Also, it is a good thing that the politicians in 1940 did not know and did not outlaw CO2 emissions based on that then-recent temperature increase. Had they done so, there would never have been sufficient oil to conduct World War II (meaning the Allies would have lost, Hitler's Nazis would have won, and we would all likely be speaking German and living a very different - and likely much worse - lifestyle.) Also, there would never have been the amazing increase in material wealth and lifestyle improvement since the 1950's, again all due to increased oil, natural gas, and coal usage. Oil provided not only cheap transportation, but more importantly the feedstocks for petrochemicals such as medicines and plastics. Natural gas provided cheap heating fuel, and the raw materials for important agricultural fertilizers. Coal, of course, fuels power plants around the country and provided just about the cheapest power available for all sorts of uses.
Mr. Anonymous then concluded by saying, Sometimes it is best for scientists just to shut up. Now is one of those times. (again, my paraphrase).
Hear, hear, Mr. Anonymous.