Skip to comments.The Climate Purge
Posted on 11/23/2008 5:05:09 AM PST by Jim Noble
Henry Waxman moved to consolidate his coup d'etat at the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee just hours after he was installed as the new chairman this week. It appears that the California liberal, with his customary subtlety, is plotting a night of the climate-change long knives...
Democrats dumped the current Chairman John Dingell because he does not favor global-warming action aggressive enough to suit the party's green wing. Now his lieutenants, who've been known to share his views, are targets too. ...
But the Dingell ally who should be looking over his shoulder most nervously is Rick Boucher, chairman of the energy subcommittee. Mr. Boucher has been a friend to the coal industry and hardly finds himself in a comfortable position now when his incoming boss supports a moratorium on coal-fired power. Mr. Boucher's likely replacement is Ed Markey...
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Gee, isn’t Waxman aware of the latest scientific findings regarding global cooling (sarcasm)?
Nose Hairs filter out too much cold.
Thinks world will end in heat.
Plagued by groupies who want to administer cleansing enemas.
"Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere [historically] is the product of oceanic respiration due to the well-known but under-appreciated solubility pump. Carbon dioxide rises out of warm ocean waters where it is added to the atmosphere. There it is mixed with residual and accidental CO2, and circulated, to be absorbed into the sink of the cold ocean waters. Next the thermohaline circulation carries the CO2-rich sea water deep into the ocean. A millennium later it appears at the surface in warm waters, saturated by lower pressure and higher temperature, to be exhausted back into the atmosphere. Throughout the past 420 millennia, comprising four interglacial periods, the Vostok record of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is imprinted with, and fully characterized by, the physics of the solubility of CO2 in water, along with the lag in the deep ocean circulation.
Notwithstanding that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, atmospheric carbon dioxide has neither caused nor amplified global temperature increases. Increased carbon dioxide has been an effect of global warming, not a cause. Technically, carbon dioxide is a lagging proxy for ocean temperatures. When global temperature, and along with it, ocean temperature rises, the physics of solubility causes atmospheric CO2 to increase.
If increases in carbon dioxide, or any other greenhouse gas, could have in turn raised global temperatures, the positive feedback would have been catastrophic. While the conditions for such a catastrophe were present in the Vostok record from natural causes, the runaway event did not occur. Carbon dioxide does not accumulate in the atmosphere."
The graph above represents temperature and CO2 levels over the past 400,000 years. It is the same exact data Al Gore and the rest of the man-made global warmers refer to. The blue line is temps, the red, CO2 levels. The deep valleys represent 4 separate glaciation/ice-age periods. Look carefully at this historical relationship between temps and CO2 levels (the present is on the right hand side of the graph) and keep in mind that Gore claims this data is the 'proof' that CO2 has warmed the earth in the past. But does the data indeed show this? Nope. In fact, rising CO2 levels all throughout this 400,000-year period actually *followed* temperature increases -lagging behind by an average of 800 years! So it couldn't have been CO2 that got Earth out of these past glaciations. Yet Gore continually and dishonestly claims otherwise. Furthermore, the subsequent CO2 level increases due to dissolved CO2 being released from warming oceans, never did lead to additional warming, the so-called "run-away greenhouse effect" that Al Gore and his friends keep warning us about. In short, there is little if any evidence that CO2 had ever led to increased warming, at least not when the levels were within 10-15 times of what they are today. -ETL
"The above chart shows the range of global temperature through the last 500 million years. There is no statistical correlation between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through the last 500 million years and the temperature record in this interval. In fact, one of the highest levels of carbon dioxide concentration occurred during a major ice age that occurred about 450 million years ago [Myr]. Carbon dioxide concentrations at that time were about 15 times higher than at present." [also see 180 million years ago, same thing happened]:
So, greenhouse [effect] is all about carbon dioxide, right?
Wrong. The most important players on the greenhouse stage are water vapor and clouds. Carbon dioxide has been increased to about 0.038% of the atmosphere (possibly from about 0.028% pre-Industrial Revolution) while water in its various forms ranges from 0% to 4% of the atmosphere and its properties vary by what form it is in and even at what altitude it is found in the atmosphere.
In simple terms the bulk of Earth's greenhouse effect is due to water vapor by virtue of its abundance. Water accounts for about 90% of the Earth's greenhouse effect -- perhaps 70% is due to water vapor and about 20% due to clouds (mostly water droplets), some estimates put water as high as 95% of Earth's total tropospheric greenhouse effect (e.g., Freidenreich and Ramaswamy, 'Solar Radiation Absorption by Carbon Dioxide, Overlap with Water, and a Parameterization for General Circulation Models,' Journal of Geophysical Research 98 (1993):7255-7264).
The remaining portion comes from carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, ozone and miscellaneous other 'minor greenhouse gases.' As an example of the relative importance of water it should be noted that changes in the relative humidity on the order of 1.3-4% are equivalent to the effect of doubling CO2.
Water Vapor Rules the Greenhouse System
Water vapor constitutes Earth's most significant greenhouse gas, accounting for about 95% of Earth's greenhouse effect (4). Interestingly, many 'facts and figures' regarding global warming completely ignore the powerful effects of water vapor in the greenhouse system, carelessly (perhaps, deliberately) overstating human impacts as much as 20-fold.
Water vapor is 99.999% of natural origin. Other atmospheric greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and miscellaneous other gases (CFC's, etc.), are also mostly of natural origin (except for the latter, which is mostly anthropogenic).
Human activities contribute slightly to greenhouse gas concentrations through farming, manufacturing, power generation, and transportation. However, these emissions are so dwarfed in comparison to emissions from natural sources we can do nothing about, that even the most costly efforts to limit human emissions would have a very small-- perhaps undetectable-- effect on global climate.
We can only hope that “ordinary” Americans against this economy-killing idiocy make their voices heard to their congressmen as loudly as they did against amnesty legislation.
If American media did not run cover for the dem party “ordinary” Americans would all know as much about Waxman and his total off-the-wall lunacy as they think they know about Sarah Palin.
I read about the CO2 cycle in the oceans in a National Geographic article decades age. Which means that any scientist who now is proclaiming that CO2 has to be regulated by humans is talking ideology, not science.
hanging on to this is going to bust their bicycle.
No one's taken in. It's part of the agenda to take control of America.
Just where do these idiots think power is going to come from????
Henry is so ugly his mother tied a porkchop around his neck so puppies would play with him.
In their eyes, power is just like American influence in the world............evil.
Americans are going to have to do with less power, and if they don't, rolling blackouts will force them to.
It's all in the Green master plan to force the US into negative population growth, dontchaknow?
Let's think strategically; the more aggressive Waxman’s Green policies are the better. The one thing that the Great Unwashed seem to “get” is high fuel prices. That's because they see the cost staring straight back at them from the pump while they are filling up their auto's. Soooo, although it will be painful for all of us for awhile, high fuel prices will cause even the dumbed down portion of our population to vote their pocket books so to speak the next go around. Lord knows that don't “get” anything else....
If I know Dems, they will steal enough from tax payers to subsidize their constituents while blaming the inconvenience on GWB’s energy policies...that should keep their plan on track for at least the next eight years.
By that time, the idiots in America will get used to it. I’ve heard so many of them thanking goodness that gas is all the way down to $2.00, when three years ago, that price was unacceptable.
I’ve quit underestimating the stupidity of a majority of Americans.
In all probablity, yes. That’s why they need to shove climate change legislation through as fast as possible before its proven a fraud.
And there is a good correlation between solar sunspot activity and cloud formation, due to how solar activity affects cosmic ray penetration through the earth's magnetic field. Cosmic rays enhance low-altitude cloud formation by producing ions, around which water condenses.
Does that mean all of the illegal aliens are going home?
Nope..with the Dems, we won’t have borders so they won’t be illegal anymore.
They will just make them suffer along with the rest of us.
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