The View From 1776
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Is Al Gore On A Collision Course With Reality?
Mike Porcari has emailed another interesting essay providing an historical overview of climate changes, probable causes thereof, and the effects, none of which have been particularly bad.
Nothing in the historical record substantiates the claim that higher CO2 in the atmosphere is is a main factor in raising earth’s temperatures. Instead, CO2 changes follow from changes in solar activity, which is overwhelmingly the main source of earth’s heat energy.
The only real damage from continuation of present trends in energy production and use would be the frustrations endured by liberal-progressives, who are would-be world emperors lusting to imprison the rest of us in their regulatory webs.
There are no experimental data to support the hypothesis that increases in human hydrocarbon use or in at mospheric carbon dioxide and other green house gases are causing or can be expected to cause unfavorable changes in global temperatures, weather, or landscape. There is no reason to limit human production of CO2, CH4, and other minor green house gases as has been pro posed (82,83,97,123).
We also need not worry about environmental calamities even if the current natural warming trend continues. The Earth has been much warmer during the past 3,000 years without catastrophic effects. Warmer weather extends growing seasons and generally improves the habitability of colder re gions.
As coal, oil, and natural gas are used to feed and lift from poverty vast numbers of people across the globe, more CO2 will be re leased into the atmosphere. This will help to maintain and improve the health, longevity, prosperity, and productivity of all people.