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Probably much like Udgar, I became very concerned about global warming (now climate change) in the early ’90s. But, being very unwilling to just accept information promulgated by government (EPA) and quasi-government (the UN) agencies, who all have an agenda of accumulating power and control to themselves, I did in-depth research, which lead to the following facts about climate change:
1). There always has and always will be climate change, due primarily to factors entirely external to the earth and its atmosphere, primarily sun flares, variation in radiation intensity and the earth’s relation to the sun which is not constant. The last ice age ended only 14,000 years ago; since then, the temperature record has trended warmer, but there was a “little ice age” from about 1300-1850 A.D.
2). There have been several periods in past of both higher CO2 concentrations (caused primarily by volcanoes) and higher average temperatures. The period 200 B.C.-600 A.D. is labeled the Roman Warming, 900-1300 A.D. the Medieval Warming. Both were periods of relative prosperity and advancement for mankind. The period between 6 and 900 A.D. was a cold period called the Dark Ages, when millions perished due to crop failures and cold. So why the huge fear of a slightly warmer planet? We are all ultimately dependent on plant growth, which definitely increases with higher temperature and CO2 levels.
3). The IPCC reports have been largely discredited due to proof of “cherry picked” data, suppression of alternative theories and any conflicting data, and inaccurate predictions — remember the “Hockey Stick” temperature graph and “Climategate” of a few years ago? A large part of the climate research community now believe the models used by the PICC are much too sensitive to CO2 concentration, yielding extreme predictions that fit their agenda, but not reality.
4). Contrary to IPCC predictions, there has been no measurable warming since 1999.
5). The IPCC predicted, and the BBC reported, the Arctic would be ice-free by 2013 (cruise ship companies were planning cruises around northern Canada). In fact, minimum icepack was in 2007, and has been gaining since. This year, there are 533,000 square miles more icepack than last year, and most of that accumulated during the summer months.
6). Even the most optimistic predictions admit that even a huge reduction in fossil fuel consumption would have only a negligible effect on the predicted warming. So the attempted power grabs are not about solving a possible problem, but about more power and control for governments.
If there is a climate change problem, it is almost undoubtedly beyond the capabilities of mankind to change, since it is probably due to external factors. The best protection will always be strong, vibrant economies, which will provide technological innovation to deal with the problems created. It is particularly important to developing economies to have cheap and abundant energy available in order to advance their standard of living and hence their ability to protect themselves.