Skip to comments.A view of climate “on the ground” from a reporter who was there at the beginning
Posted on 03/10/2012 7:09:08 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Elevated from a comment Theodore White says: March 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm
Lets clarify a few things on another of Anthonys excellent posts, like this one Hey Hansen! Wheres the Beef !?
Its lengthy, but gives the view of a person who was there on the ground, covering climate science and global warming in the late 1980s years before the AGW mania took off.
I worked as a journalist in the late 1980s in Colorado, home state of Senator Tim Wirth. I had interviewed him several times on other topics. As part of my general assignment beat, I also covered science, climate and weather, regularly at NOAA, NCAR and other federal science agencies headquarted in Colorado.
I clearly remember the tone of articles on global warming during the 1980s. Most of the concern came out of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on the ozone layer. By the way, this was during the new era of climate scientists working with high-grade graphic computer modelling.
The problem with NCARs interpretation on the ozone fluctuations were that some, like Hanson, took an immediate ideological tone to explain the ozone shifts not once mentioning the Sun or the Interplanetary Magnetic Field effect on Earths ozone layers. For some reason, there was a resistance to even mentioning the Suns effects on earth by these new climate scientists getting jobs at the science agencies. It was odd I thought.
When news editors assigned stories on the climate back then it was usually spurred by press releases out of places like NCAR, NWS, NOAA, etc., which usually featured a talk, lecture, or findings that were sent to the media. Global warming, in the mid-to-late 1980s was not the AGW ideological era that it is today.
In fact, climate scientists were not in any agreement if the earth was warming in the 1980s though it was true. Many scientists would roll their eyes at the mention of global warming but many changed their tune in the 1990s just as major federal dollars were being directed to man-made global warming which I continue to remind everyone cannot ever happen on Earth due to the laws of thermodynamics. The Earth can never become a greenhouse according to the laws of physics.
But I digress in short, when I wrote pieces on the climate, I refused to write on the theory that chlorofluorocarbons were the sole cause of worldwide warming because that had never been proved. Now, though there was evidence that the use of aerosols were clearly evident in the upper atmosphere; the data did not support that this was the cause of the fear-mongering on ozone holes which was all the rage in the climate community of the late 1980s and 1990s.
NCAR had modeled on the theory that aerosols were the cause, but not the Sun, which again, I found odd, since the only major source of radiation that can only affect the opening and closings and sizes of the Earths ozones IS the Sun.
There is no other source of radiation that can effectively destroy the earths ozone layer. But what was curious (and unbelievable) is that there were obvious determined efforts (in the mid-to-late 1980s) to blame mankind for something it could not do on a planetary level and that is to change the climate.
Only the Sun can do that.
What I noticed about Sen. Wirth and Hansen back in the late 1980s, is that there was a obvious concerted effort within the emergence of baby boomer management and personnel into climate science on the federal level; that they were pushing ideology as policy. This was a prepatory assault that was planned out.
When Al Gore rose to the vice-presidency by 1993 Wirth and Hansen were already well out in front of the man-made global warming pack extending the man-made ideology to other federal agencies and the university-level climate community with federal dollars.
Follow the money pushing the ideological AGW lie. If one examines climate science funding from 1986 to 1996 and then from 1996 to the present you may find some amazing numbers.
Incredible amounts increasing yearly and wasted on every bigger and more expensive computers to run models. Careerists who cannot forecast seasonal weather were making things up (and began to alter weather data on purpose) while spending lavishly on computers pushing the AGW ideology all at the publics great expense.
But the media was not on board. Most journalists are ignorant of climate and weather science. I was fortunate in that I was not, so my editors passed on to me the great amount of work and I was busy enough as it was a police reporter as it was! Since my beat included covering the climate science community in the heart of it in Colorado, I was well-attuned to how events were shaping up by 1989.
Since the mid-1980s, what I saw were articles like the one Anthony posted from 1986 were becoming more common. What I observed as professional reporter was that the ozone-layer press releases from NOAA and NCAR and other climate centers were beginning to use the same talking points in their different releases to news desks. Sometimes, these went out on the wire which were then placed into newspapers across the country without the resources to assign reporters to cover the climate.
I did not have that problem since this was part of my beat. In interviews with the particular scientists (including Hansen) what I observed was that they were heavy on the ideology, yet not sure if it was strong enough because the global weather data in the late 1980s did not strongly support their case that the world was warming because of man.
Still, by 1989, the AGW science did not make sense to me in light that it would violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Which I remind everyone remains in effect to this very day.
Anyhow, it did not seem to matter to Wirths office, Hansen, or the growing careerists at NCAR and NOAA; because whomever was pushing man-made global warming on the United States, were also doing it at the international level too.
My view was that it was a conspiracy right from the start to bamboozle the world on the lie of anthropogenic global warming sandbagging much of the mainstream media, the markets and the educational system to not believe their own eyes and ears.
Events have since proven that I was right.
All this while AGW ideologists reaped untold profits convincing populations that carbon (the very stuff we are made of) is bad and so we all have to pay for carbon to a global mafia.
In short, the careerist climate AGW scientists and their political insiders conspired to convince the world that humans had to pay dearly for exhaling the carbon gases that the natural world and our trees inhales to flourish.
Carbon is natural to Earth. It is driven by the Suns activity. Carbon lags far, far behind temperature (also driven by the Sun) and carbon is not and never has been a threat to the Earth.
Because the laws of thermodynamics and physics that govern our system says so.
I am definitely not a Global Warming believer. However, I need help understanding why the Second Law of Thermodynamics is “proof” that this scam is a scam.
But, Romney said the Earth is “getting warmer”. That’s all we need to know.....
Thanks for the post. He is 100% correct.
To the climate “scientists”: “It is the Sun stupid!”
Agreed. But I did not need to know about Romney’s statements on AGW to figure out he is a dud and a fraud. His actions did that.
IIRC, the 2nd law involves the conservation of energy.
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. All the energy we have comes from the Sun. CO2 can't 'create' heat, and can't be to blame for increased or decreased energy from the Sun.
Or I could be completely wrong.
Don’t have an answer....might be one in the comments.
But if the Sun burns fuel and produces heat, and then radiates that heat to Earth, then the Earth's temperature is not quite a closed system. Certainly it could be a system in equilibrium if the heat added to Earth by the Sun equals the heat lost to radiation into space. But that's the issue, isn't it?
If man does something to increase our heat retention, then the constant addition of solar radiation might cause global temperatures to rise. I do not see how the Second Law of Thermodynamics would make such a possibility impossible.
Now, let me be clear: I do not believe that mankind is capable of increasing the heat retention of the world. I think we are in equilibrium and that we will stay in equilibrium. That's my opinion.
I don't see why the Second Law is relevant at all -- but perhaps I'm missing something.
Good question. The sun could increase or decrease its output, and the earth could retain more or less of that output, without the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics having anything to do with it.
Maurice Darth Strong is one of the people behind this push of man-caused C02 Climate Doomsday, he even says so himself in the video interviews of him: http://pathstoknowledge.net/2009/12/18/its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-only-one-earth-under-the-new-world-order-based-upon-false-science-brought-to-you-by-maurice-darth-strong.
Im convinced that prophets of Doom have got to be taken seriously. In other words doomsday is a possibility. Darth Maurice Strong, BBC Interview, 1972.
I found that people were turned on that our Earth was in danger, and that our own life depends on the Earth and having a hospitable environment, and so how to translate that into a political kind of energy that would move the governments to do the right things in Stockholm [and by extension Copenhagen], to take the right decisions. Darth Maurice Strong.
Almost sounds like an organized effort at using the Global Warming Scam to implement a Macro form of Communism at the Global level.
and the earth could retain more or less of that output,
And what causes the Earth to 'retain' heat or 'lose' it?
I remember when the “hole in the ozone layer” was a big thing. I had a young friend whom I had sailed against in Maine for many years who was a physicist, and ended up going down to Antartica every year to study that ozone hole.
One summer, at an annual beach barbecue, he told me, “You won’t hear this in the news, but that hole in the ozone layer has started to shrink.”
Sure enough, the media scarcely mentioned that embarrassing development, and the hole in the ozone layer was soon abandoned, for greener pastures—i.e., government funding.
Understand this, and the rest is just fluff.
Plug in an electric blanket. That's the sun. It radiates heat.
Now, lie on top of the electric blanket. You are the Earth. By lying in close proximity to the heat source, you become comfortable. You like your temperature.
Now, put a big down comforter on top of your body. This (the Left would say) represents Greenhouse gases. Suddenly, your temperature is increasing as more heat is retained. If you were comfortable 5 minutes ago, now you are uncomfortably warm.
The whole question is: Can humans put a blanket on the Earth? Do we produce CO2 is sufficient quantities so as to significantly cause the planet to retain heat better and therefore raise our base temperature a few degrees?
That's the whole question of AGW. And I still don't see where the Second Law of Thermodynamics fits in.
“And what causes the Earth to ‘retain’ heat or ‘lose’ it? “
Beats me. But is there a theoretical reason why NOTHING could cause the earth to retain more heat? And if there is, what does that have to do with the Second Law of Thermodynamics?
I am not a believer in global warming. I think the idea that we knew what the average earth temperature was in 1867 to within a couple of degrees is ridiculous. The idea that we know the average temperature of the earth with precision in 29,846 BC is even more ludicrous. But I do not see how the laws of thermodynamics affect the situation...
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