You know the line: the earth is heating up, humans are to blame, the ice caps will melt in about five minutes, etc. The Very Smart People who tell us these things and then advocate for all sorts of new, expensive, insufficient means of producing electricity that ostensibly will slow the warming of the earth (and in which, oddly enough, they sometimes have a financial stake) have developed Very Complicated Computer Programs that ostensibly show exactly what will happen.
Except that reality is turning out to be very different from the models. From an article in Forbes:
In short, the central premise of alarmist global warming theory is that carbon dioxide emissions should be directly and indirectly trapping a certain amount of heat in the earth’s atmosphere and preventing it from escaping into space. Real-world measurements, however, show far less heat is being trapped in the earth’s atmosphere than the alarmist computer models predict, and far more heat is escaping into space than the alarmist computer models predict.
When objective NASA satellite data, reported in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, show a “huge discrepancy” between alarmist climate models and real-world facts, climate scientists, the media and our elected officials would be wise to take notice. Whether or not they do so will tell us a great deal about how honest the purveyors of global warming alarmism truly are.
Amazing: the earth and its natural systems are far more complex than even our pointiest-of-pointy-headed people imagine.
Now, there are plenty of good reasons to constantly seek more efficient and cleaner means of producing energy and propelling vehicles, chief among them are responsible stewardship of the earth’s resources and limiting the pollutants that cause health problems. But that even has its prudential give and take—e.g., health benefits have an exponential rather than linear drop-off as technologies improve, eventually dwindling to a miniscule improvement at a massive new cost; and affordability must be considered lest oil, gas, and electricity become too expensive and an undue burden on the poor. But now that the scientific facts have shown the scientific theories to be false can we back off the doomsday talk?
Because I like the rainforests right where they are.