Thursday, March 02, 2006

Global warming talk results in a lot of "hot air."

Every weekday at 4:30 pm on AM 1500’s “Garage Logic”, meteorologist Dave Dahl of KSTP-TV appears with Joe Soucheray to give an up-to-date local weather forecast.

As the outlook is wrapped up, Dave Dahl goes over the record high and low temperatures for that particular date.

The banter between Dahl and Soucheray goes something like this:

Dave Dahl: Our records for the day, Joe.
Joe Soucheray: March 2.
Dave Dahl: 54.
Joe Soucheray: 54.
Dave Dahl: In 1923.
Joe Soucheray: In 1923.
Dave Dahl: Minus 17.
Joe Soucheray: Minus 17??!!
Dave Dahl: In 1913.
Joe Soucheray: In 1913. More proof of global warming.

This running bit that Soucheray and Dahl have on a daily basis is aimed at parodying the global warming crowd.

But you see the anecdotal evidence here. The record high for March 2 occurred ten years after the record low for the same date. Therefore, as some will theorize, the planet must be getting hotter and hotter as the years roll on.

However, Dave Dahl has been one of the few people I’ve heard in the scientific community to decry the mass hysteria that this planet is doomed.

Surface observations indicate that warming has been occurring over the last 20-30 years. Satellite observations over the same period show just the opposite. Since the earth has been around for about five billion years and we only have consistent records for about 120 to 150 years, you can see how difficult it is to come up with a conclusion based on a blink of an eye in geologic time. The atmosphere is such a huge thing that it seems very arrogant to me to think that we humans, who only occupy about 10 percent of the Earth’s surface, can have enough of an effect to create change in the Earth’s climate.

Yes, there is scientific data to show that there are increased levels of carbon in the atmosphere. But is the source of those higher levels solely attributed to human activity, especially here in the U.S.? I don’t know that there has ever been conclusive proof of that.

Don’t get me wrong, here. I am certainly in no position to dismiss any theories that may be brought forth by credible research scientists, pro or con. Again, I am unable to wrap my finite little mind around the theory that humans driving cars and blow drying their hair contributes to global destruction. Well, I have a clear conscience. I have no hair to blow dry.

Seriously, what I resent is an impudent little pipsqueak like actor Leonardo DiCaprio getting on some sort of high horse lecturing us on how we are destroying the planet with our daily activities.

How about former Vice-President Al Gore? Global warming has been a pet project of his for years now. It was only last month that Gore declared humans have only 10 years left to save the planet from turning into a total frying pan. As I write this post, we’re down to 9 years, 332 days, 11 hours, 18 minutes.

As with every other issue that whips the liberals into a frenzy, a significant amount of blame has been placed on the shoulders of President George W. Bush. According to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. it was Bush’s rejection of the Kyoto Protocol that led to Hurricane Katrina. Oh, and do you remember the multiple hurricanes in Florida just over a year ago? Yep. Failed environmental policies of the Bush administration were responsible.

Recently, President Bush has come out in staunch support of alternative fuels. Given our high reliance on foreign oil and the alleged environmental damage caused by fossil fuels, this seems to make sense for our economy as well as preserving the planet.

So when legislation is introduced for the transition to alternative fuel, it will be a defining “put up or shut up” moment for Congressional Democrats.

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