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October 29, 2013

Man is no match for atmosphere

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In addition, a new United Nations report shows that “surface temperature increases have been statistically insignificant for the last 15 years, and that Antarctic sea ice is increasing, not decreasing. Furthermore, “new satellite measurements of Arctic sea ice show it has increased this year.”

Those who contend that the earth is getting warming can whip out studies that support their point of view, but it’s also clear that all sorts of studies can be developed with the intention of producing a desired result “because they support their political interests, not because they represent good science.”

Well, imagine that! Who would have thought that the myth of global warming could produce a whole industry devoted to the restriction of the use of fossil fuels in favor of wind mills, alternate sources of renewable energy, and all sorts of novel schemes that, as far as I can tell, usually don’t work. From a geopolitical standpoint, one has to wonder how much longer we’re going to remain dependent on foreign oil when we have plenty of reserves right here in the United States - particularly in light of the fact that it’s very clear that mankind isn’t doing much of anything to harm the atmosphere.

Just to give an idea of how much “atmosphere” there is surrounding the earth, most scientists agree that it goes up 36,000 feet from the surface. Above that altitude the atmosphere becomes thinner and thinner to the point where scientists say “outer space” begins at about sixty-two miles above the earth’s surface. So, how much atmosphere is there surrounding the earth? Expressed in cubic miles its 1,007,633,587 or stated another way, it’s one billion seven million, six hundred and thirty three thousand, five hundred and eighty seven cubic miles. What’s a cubic mile, you ask? A cubic mile is as the volume of a cube with sides of one mile in length. So, there are well over a billion cubic miles of atmosphere surrounding the earth. That’s a lot of atmosphere!

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