Now that the political left is moving even farther to the left, it seems appropriate to offer some useful information about the reality of global warming, or as it is now called “climate change.” If the left can spew forth nonsense like The Green New Deal, seems like there should at least be just a dab of common sense applied to this controversial issue.
So, let’s hear a little from Professor Ian Plimer who is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and a director of several mineral exploration and mining companies. He has also published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the “Encyclopedia of Geology.”
Referring to a volcano in Iceland that started sending volcanic ash into the atmosphere in 2010, Professor Plimer wrote, “Since its first spewing of volcanic ash, it has, in just four days, negated every single effort…made in the past five years to control CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions on our planet…” He goes on, “Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life to exist. He adds, “It’s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings [we] have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish [your] kids “The Green Revolution” science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cent light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs.....well, all of those things [we] have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days!”
Discussing the eruption of the volcano called Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991, Professor Plimer wrote, “I should mention that when the volcano Mt. Pinatubo erupted, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race has emitted in all of its years on earth.” The professor noted that the volcano in the Philippines was active for just over one year.
He also points to the “natural solar and cosmic activity, and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keeps happening despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.” In a more sarcastic tone, he writes, “I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud, but the fact of the matter is that the wildfire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate… efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens somewhere every year.”
Moving on, Professor Plimer writes, “Isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention ‘Global Warming’ anymore, but just ‘Climate Change’. It’s because the planet has cooled by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming advocates got caught with their pants down. And, just keep in mind that [we] might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme – a whopping new tax - imposed on [us] by [our] government that will achieve absolutely nothing except make [us] poorer. It won’t stop any volcanoes from erupting, that’s for sure.”
One would think that with all the volcanos that have erupted in human history, and continue to erupt, that the earth would already be covered with carbon dioxide. Why isn’t that so? As I have written before, the atmosphere tends to clean itself. Every time it rains part of the atmosphere is washed of the pollutants it may contain. The cycle is so logical as to almost make too much sense. Let’s start with the water already on the earth. As some of it evaporates it rises into the atmosphere and forms clouds just full of water in its gaseous state. When enough moisture accumulates it rains and as it does, it pulls pollutants out of the air – we’ve all seen the residue on car windshields after a rain – and the cycle of rain and evaporation and condensation starts all over again.
But let’s talk just a speck more about The New Green Plan. The vacuous 29-year-old congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, wants to rid this country of every carbon dioxide producing thing she can think of – cars, planes, cows come to mind. I wonder what she thinks people exhale with every breath they take. Right! Carbon dioxide! She also doesn’t seem to know that trees and plants need carbon dioxide to live and to convert it into the oxygen we breathe in with every breath.
In a previous column I discussed the projected cost that Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. The total is somewhere around $93 trillion dollars. When it was suggested that her plan was unrealistic, here’s exactly what she said, “Oh, it’s unrealistic, oh it’s fake, oh it doesn’t address this little minute thing. And I’m like, ‘You try! You do it.’ ‘Cause you’re not. ‘Cause you’re not. So, until you do it, I’m the boss. How ‘bout that?” I think that quotation pretty much sums it up…
That’s –30—for this week.