Next to the government takeover of health care, the greatest policy threat to the U.S. Economy is the Cap and Trade Tax Bill that passed the House of Representatives and is currently schedule for hearing in the Senate. Aside from the fact that Cap and Tax would be devastating to the economy while not changing the climate situation globally by one iota, the whole premise it is founded on is dubious.
Global warming exists. So does global cooling. The British Navy has logs of sea water and air temperatures from all over the world that date over several centuries. They have documented warming and cooling of both. Our atmosphere is warmed by sea and land, which are, in turn, warmed by the sun. For those who remember a little chemistry or physics, water has a very high specific heat, which means it holds its temperature quite well. The gasses in our atmosphere do not. The air does not warm the oceans. It is the other way around.
Is carbon dioxide a “green house gas”? In very high concentrations, it is. Those levels would be toxic to all animal life on earth. Plants on land and in the sea and lakes absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the air and use it to make additions or replications of themselves. The process is known as photosynthesis, because it is powered by the sun.
Is there a significant “green house gas” in our atmosphere? Yes, there is. It is called water vapor. Even in its gaseous state, water has a high specific heat. Convince yourself of this. Go to the desert or even the plains states. I lived 4 years in Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo has about 300 sunny days a year, and very low relative humidity. That is to say, very little water vapor in the local air. During the summer, afternoon temperatures can be over 100° F, with a relative humidity of less than 20%. Within 2 hours after sunset, the air temperature is about 60°.
Why is there such a scare about global warming? For one thing, we live in a chicken-little society. People hear isolated facts and make the assumption that the sky is falling. Is the sea level rising on average? No, it is not. Are polar bears really in danger of extinction? No, they are not. In fact polar bear populations keep increasing.
Why do we keep hearing of impending disaster if we do not commit acts to reverse it, when current scientific evidence is that there has been no increase in global temperature in 11 years? Why are there still screams that the polar ice caps are melting, when in reality, they are again expanding? NASA measurements confirm these facts. The media keeps beating the same tired drum, but has changed the verse from global warming to climate change. Is there some profit to be made by this activity? Of course there is. It sells copy, and, therefore advertising. Who else is making money from terrorizing the global public with the false mantra? Perhaps the highest profile profit of this putative doom is Al Gore.
Al Gore is a co-founder of an organization called Generation Investment Management. If cap and trade is passed into law, GIM will make billions of dollars as a broker for carbon credits. Poor Al! The British High Court, after reviewing his Oscar winning film An Inconvenient Truth, cited several false statements and declared it was not a scientific documentary, but a propaganda film. If it were to allowed to be shown in British schools, there need be a disclaimer to that effect. Even some of the film sequences are Hollywood inventions for entertainment as disaster films.
Why is there a repeated cycling of global warming and cooling? That explanation is still speculative. The best scientific evidence I can find is that there are “wobbles” in the Earth’s orbit which take it closer and farther from the sun, depending on alignments of other planets in our solar system. The sun itself goes through cycles of greater and lesser heat generation. To believe that human activity at this point in our technology and population can truly effect global climate is the height of conceit.
Having expressed my conclusion from what I have read, I still advocate conservation of our natural resources, but let’s do it for the real reasons. I absolutely agree that we are stewards of our planet, which some have called “Mother Earth”. Yes, we should respect our Mother Earth, and preserve her beauty for our grandchildren, and their grandchildren, and so on. We can do so without creating an economic disaster.
SBABG call to action. What can be done:
The far left in American is using a contrived and non-existent “crisis” in a blatantly dishonest and cynical grab for power. As the Wall Street Journal Recently Reported:
“Global” and “warming” are perhaps the two most important words used to justify the approaching governmental control of our economy. In reality, global warming is barely occurring: In the 30 years starting in 1977, warming amounted to 0.32 degree Fahrenheit per decade, and in the next hundred years it is estimated to be about half a degree per decade.
The Senate should immediately stop all activity on Cap and Tax. Inaction is the only responsible course. It’s contrary to their Chicken Little natures, but we can make them stop if we pressure them enough.
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Dr. Barry Jacobs is a Reproductive Endocrinologist, practicing in Carrollton, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and remained at that institution to become its first fellow once Baylor achieved accreditation for an advanced training program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Jacobs has served on the faculty of several medical schools and was director of Reproductive Endocrinology at Texas Tech Health Science Center in Amarillo. Currently, in addition to his clinical activities caring for infertile patients and those with recurrent pregnancy loss, he is Chairman of the IVF committee at Baylor Medical Center in Carrollton.