Back in the days of ancient Rome, unusual weather was seen as a sign that the Gods were angry. Now, a couple thousand years later, after much scientific progress, unusual weather is attributed to a slight increase in a minor greenhouse gas that makes up 0.03% of the atmosphere. On the whole, I think the ancient Romans made a better case, at least so far.
The high priest of man-made global warming, Al Gore, has declared that the debate on global warming is over, and he has compared global warming 'deniers' (note the holocaust analogy) to people who still believe the earth is flat. There is one thing we can gather for certain from such an attitude: Big Al and the Algoreans are NOT interested in science, because pure science would NEVER slam the door on all opposing theories to the man-made global warming HYPOTHESIS. Science does precisely the opposite:
The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. It is based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. The scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.
Science doesn't declare the debate to be over, especially on something as complex as the weather of the entire planet, and the flat earth analogy is just put out there so Al's dense-minded acolytes can feel superior.
As further proof of the Algorean 'faith', a lot of people of a certain political stripe will call you names just for bringing up any contradictory information to global warming theology, as if you are some kind of heretic (and these same people have the arrogance to refer to themselves as the 'intellectual elite'. What a gas).
I assume you all are aware of the man-made global warming hypothesis, so I won't go into that. What I want to do is list some of the OTHER information, the stuff the Algoreans refuse to debate or even think about, because the Algoreans are too intellectual and elite to bother with anything as trivial as facts that fly in the face of their theologic certainty. I mean, golly, Gore is SO superior that he would have been president if Bush hadn't stolen Gore's election (and we aren't supposed to acknowledge the fact that Bush won ALL the Florida counts and recounts in 2004 either. Inconvenient truths are not allowed in the Algorean faith. Belief is all that's required).
This 10 question quiz on global warming will test your basic knowledge on the subject. Among some of the facts stated in the quiz are the following:
The earth has been getting steadily warmer for about 18,000 years (with some peaks and valleys). Since the end of the Ice Age, Earth's temperature has risen approximately 16 degrees F and sea levels have risen a total of 300 feet! Forests have returned where once there was only ice.
Orbital eccentricities and variations in the sun's output is the main cause of our planet's warming and cooling.
The Greenhouse Effect helps to moderate temperatures -- especially nighttime temperatures. Without the greenhouse effect, the average temperature of the Earth would be -18 degrees C.
Over 95 percent of the Greenhouse Effect is the result of atmospheric water vapor in Earth's atmosphere.
Temperatures have gone through nearly two complete cycles of warming and cooling over the last 100 years. During the period 1900 to 1940 temperatures were increasing. Then from 1940 to 1975 temperatures were decreasing. Currently, temperatures are increasing back to about where they were in the 1930's.
Few scientists would say the attribution issue [the argument that global warming is caused by human industrial activity] was a done deal. Even the IPCC doesn't say that. Only the media hype and the Algoreans say that.
Orbiting satellites provide the most accurate global temperature readings -- accurate to 0.1 degree C. Interestingly, in the 18 years that satellites have been recording temperature they have actually showed a slight decrease in average global temperatures.
Ground-based thermometers that were originally in rural areas have been reading increasingly hotter temperatures with time due to urban encroachment. The asphalt and concrete structures replacing green leafy plants makes for hotter local ground temperatures. This phenomenon is known as the "urban heat-island effect" and has been well-documented by climatologist Dr. Patrick Michaels, professor of environmental sciences, University of Virginia.
So, let's bag all that 'debate is over' nonsense, and before we repeal the Industrial Revolution to make the environmental nutjobs happy, let's proceed with the scientific method. The earth's climate is ALWAYS changing. It ALWAYS has, it ALWAYS will, and I doubt there's much any of us mere humans can do except adapt to it. The Gods are in charge.
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