I have written before on this blog about how the temperature trends on the earth have increased and decreased in a cyclical pattern over the past 100 years. This is not up to debate. It is a fact.
However, I do not like to see politicians and activists panicking and generating fear among the peoples of the world and telling us that if we do not do things to decrease CO2 emissions that the planet will not exist in 5, 10, or 15 years. Likewise, I think it is a bad idea to regulate businesses based on a theory.
That said, we must be environmentally responsible. I think it is a good idea to search for cars that are run by electricity or clean fuels instead of gas and oil. I think it's a good idea to do things to keep the earth and its air clean. That is simple common sense.
In the 1970s activists were so panicked that they came up with an idea to thaw the ice caps to warm the earth. Aren't we glad they never did that. Since then the scare has been that of global warming, and these activists want to regulate businesses at the expense of ruining the economy. It's almost to the point that some conservatives say the reason liberals like Al Gore are pro-global warming is so the government can gain more control over the people. In other words: to spread socialism.
This is almost what I think as I read about Obama's cap and trade ideas, which would basically give the president the power to make any decisions necessary to decrease CO2 emissions. He would even have the right to tell us, American citizens, what we can and cannot buy. To me that's socialism, and power I do not want my President to have.
A report today notes that most scientists have noticed that since the year 2000 global temperatures have remained stagnant. They have not risen. According to the article:
Global warming appears to have stalled. Climatologists are puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last 10 years. Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while others explain it through ocean currents.Another thing they must consider is that global warming just might be, as many conservatives contend, just a hoax after all. That the scare that humans, that capitalism, was destroying the planet was an unjustified fear. I'm not taking sides, I'm just speculating here.
The article also notes:
The controversy sends confusing and mixed messages to the lay public. Why is there such a vigorous debate over climate change, even though it isn't getting warmer at the moment? And how can it be that scientists cannot even arrive at a consensus on changes in temperatures, even though temperatures are constantly being measured?That's a good point. When the scientific community itself is confused over the matter of global warming, how is it that global warming experts like Al Gore are so certain that we are destroying the planet?
I have no problem with Al Gor per se. I just want to make sure people like him do not pass a law to stop global warming that ultimately slows down the economy of the greatest nation on the planet, only to learn that the earth is getting cooler.
I think we need to be careful what laws we make. We need to make decisions based on common sense and with a calm demeanor. We must not panic. We must be careful. And we must not make laws based on a theory.
So, this new "stagnant" trend gives the global warming is a hoax crowd a much needed boost, and seems to create some credibility problems for those who are in the global warming is a fact crowd.