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October 29, 2013

Man is no match for atmosphere

I have always suspected that all the consternation regarding global warming caused by man’s use of fossil fuels was overstated. It just has never made sense that anything done by man could significantly alter the temperature of this massive planet. The belief that mankind could, through the use of fossil fuels, increase the temperature of the planet really overestimates, I believe, the influence of man. I have also suspected that the atmosphere surrounding the earth was so huge, for lack of a better term, that man’s use of fossil fuels could easily be absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere without changing its temperature at all. It would be like emptying a bottle of red ink in the ocean and expecting all the water to turn pink! The atmosphere is just too vast for anything man does to impact its natural cycles of warming and cooling.

Now there is some solid research to back up my speculations. Not long ago I read an article by Doug McKelway that appeared on FoxNews.com. Here’s part of what McKelway wrote: “A peer-reviewed climate change study released...by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change finds the threat of man-made global warming to be not only exaggerated but so small as to be ‘embedded within the background variability of the natural climate system and not dangerous.”

The study, which is a 1,000 page document, was prepared by 47 scientists and scholars who examined most of the same journals and studies prepared by the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change and came up with entirely different conclusions. If this new study is correct, one has to ask what the economic consequences will be as a result of the recent increase in regulatory restrictions on the fossil fuel industry, which includes the use of coal, natural gas, and oil to produce energy. The study, according to the author, “...provides the scientific balance that is missing from the overly alarmist reports [that] are highly selective in their review of climate science.”

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