Dave Lindorff thinks you’re a looney if you refuse to believe Al Gore.
He compares the “deniers” to those who would not buy life insurance.
What would we call parents who refused to buy life insurance, or who refused to carry health insurance when they could afford it? What do we call people who drive their cars without having insurance? We call them selfish and stupid, and in the latter case, even criminal.
So what should we call a society that is risking the future of civilization, of humanity, for the selfish reason that its people just don’t want to be discomfited in the slightest?
Oh, it’s more than a “slight discomfort”. Lindorff doesn’t get the enormous impact it would have on the American economy if we were to try and implement something like Kyoto. But of course he wouldn’t. He secretly hints that our consumer society is the root of all evil.
As a nation, we continue to promote a society based upon the personal automobile, and as citizens we continue to buy earth-killing SUVs and muscle cars. As a nation we keep heating our homes at 70 degrees in winter and air conditioning them at 65 degrees in summer, adding ever more generating capacity that keeps pumping more and more carbon into the atmosphere.
And now Al Gore, thwarted by the US Senate and his own boss, is on the stump begging US states the adopt Kyoto to save the planet, even though it’s been clearly shown that Kyoto will have a superficial impact on any global warming.
Well, Dave, as an insane person, I’ll refer you to another insane person, Habibullo Abdusamatov.
Abdusamatov, a doctor of mathematics and physics, is one of a small number of scientists around the world who continue to contest the view of the IPCC, the national science academies of the G8 nations, and other prominent scientific bodies.
He said an examination of ice cores from wells over three kilometers (1.5 miles) deep in Greenland and the Antarctic indicates that the Earth experienced periods of global warming even before the industrial age.
Abdusamatov even disputed the plausibility of the greenhouse effect, claiming it fails to take into account the effective transmission of heat to the outer layers of atmosphere.
Scientists have known about the greenhouse effect since the 19th century. The phenomenon by which gases such as methane and CO2 warm the troposphere by absorbing some of the infra-red heat reflected by the earth’s surface has the effect of a global thermostat, sustaining global temperatures within ranges that allow life on the planet to thrive.
However, Abdusamatov insisted: “Ascribing ‘greenhouse’ effect properties to the Earth’s atmosphere is not scientifically substantiated. Heated greenhouse gases, which become lighter as a result of expansion, ascend to the atmosphere only to give the absorbed heat away.”
The upper layers of the world’s oceans are – much to climatologists’ surprise – becoming cooler, which is a clear indication that the Earth has hit its temperature ceiling already, and that solar radiation levels are falling and will eventually lead to a worldwide cold spell, Abdusamatov said.
“Instead of professed global warming, the Earth will be facing a slow decrease in temperatures in 2012-2015. The gradually falling amounts of solar energy, expected to reach their bottom level by 2040, will inevitably lead to a deep freeze around 2055-2060,” he said, adding that this period of global freeze will last some 50 years, after which the temperatures will go up again.
Abdusamatov has no reason lie. He’s not shilling for Big Oil. He’s an astronomer who understands atmospheric thermodynamics.
But don’t let a little science get in the way of anti-capitalist sentiment.