Thursday, June 11, 2009

Its time to tackle the environment

I have been dodging it for awhile, but I need to start making some environmental topics. Specially when I read stuff like this.

Global warming? Not so fast, skeptics say at meeting

Pilot Online---U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was in a froth, and his audience loved it.

The California Republican was talking about global warming and could barely contain his disgust.

"Al Gore has been wrong all along!" Rohrabacher yelled into the microphone. "This is outrageous! All of this is wrong! The people who have stifled this debate have an agenda that is just frightening!"

Welcome to the third annual International Conference on Climate Change, a daylong session of speeches and scientific presentations that took place Tuesday just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Almost no media covered the event.

Organized by The Heartland Institute and other conservative think tanks and groups, the conference drew about 250 guests, most of them researchers and policy analysts, some from as far away as Japan and Australia.

Poor Al Gore. Its like his name has now been Munsoned, whenever the term Global Warming comes up. Its bad enough that he got screwed out of the Presidency because of some fake votes, and now he gets continually kicked when he is down.

People like to point out that Al Gore created the notion of Global Warming. And when ever a tidbit of anti-global warming data comes out, they like to throw it in his face. These are same people that probably thought Al Gore created the internet, and curse at him when their computer get a virus.

Something that I learned a long time ago, and it is even more true today is POLITICIANS ARE NOT SCIENTIST! They have no fucking clue on anything to do with science. 99% can't tell you the difference between a cirrus cloud or a cumulus cloud. They take a stance (either for or against) on the environment because of their on political agenda. Not because they know what they are taking about.

Al Gore saw his chance as a "green" candidate and rode with it. His degree is in politics, not anything to do with environmental causes. Gore is just merely a spokesman for the environment. It does not necessarily mean that he knows what he is talking about all the time.

Which leads me to the term global warming. I hate this fucking term. People think that global warming means the whole planet is getting warm. Its very misleading. Anti-environmentalist jump all over this every time some cold weather data pops up. There is no global warming. None, do not think that the earth is instantly a Hot Pocket cooked too long in the microwave.
The correct term is Global Climate Change.

It is well documented that for billions of years the earth temperatures fluxes up and down. This has been happening without any human involvement. It is mainly due to the tilt of the earth's axis and the sun's rays. Currently the earth is between ice ages. So in theory, if anything, we should be shifting towards a natural colder environment.

That is of course if man does not interfere. Which it is doing.

Its a no brainier that the burning of fossil fuels causes greenhouses gases to accumulate. I fully believe that naturally the earth can handle the amount of man made gases through photosynthesis. Just take in consideration how much methane (greenhouse gas) cows produce. Estimates go as high as 14% of all greenhouses are caused by cows.

Go back 100's of millions of years ago where giant herbivore dinosaurs roamed the land, and just think about their farts. If a cow can produce 100-200 liters of methane per day, how much did a brontosaurs make? Plus back then the earth was not as stable as it is now. Volcanic activity was through the roof. If you consider at today standards, where there is not too much volcanic activity going on. Volcano's produce 1/100 of greenhouses emission of what humans produce. So volcano's kick out 100,000,000 tons of CO2 per year, compared to 10,000,000,000 from humans. I think it is impossible to forecast this but with the amount of volcanic activity during the Cretaceous Period can be somewhat compared to the amount of emissions humans make.

So my point is back when the dinosaurs did their thing I think the CO2 and other greenhouse gases were similar or higher then what they are now. And global warming did not kill the dinosaurs. Actually it could have, because no one really knows. Wouldn't that be a kicker.

Lets say it didn't. The earth does a good job in dealing with all those unwanted gases. That is because the earth can buffer the greenhouses gases. It does this through photosynthesis.

Global CO2 levels are always lower during summer months (depends on the hemisphere). Because that is when photosynthesis is the highest. The problem with this today is that humans are destroying the buffer system to handle the CO2 emissions. There is simply not enough trees anymore. Deforestation is the reason why global warming is even a topic. If humans stop destroying rainforest and logging trees, then the earth should be able to take care of itself. In regards to greenhouse gases.

But we are rapidly losing trees. Only 30% of land is still considered forest. Each year we lose a size of Panama to deforestation. And replanting trees is greatly lagging behind. Without trees we have no efficient natural way to remove the large amounts of CO2 humans produce.

Just look what happened on Easter Island. Once all the trees were cut down on the island, everything died. This can and will happen to the whole earth if we continue to deforest at the rate we are doing it.

The world's forest, especially the rainforest are the key for a stable environment. We are already started to see the repercussions of man. Climates are changing. People get brainwashed with this global warming nonsense and are just looking for warmer temperature and rising sea water. Well, in some places they may find it and other places they will find the opposite. And that is because it is global climate change. Deforestation and greenhouse emissions are changing normal weather patterns. Places that use to be deserts are now getting rain, wetlands are drying up, ice caps are melting, and I am having long ass cold winters. If this was a natural earth occurrence then fine. But its not, all of this have been happening with in the last few decades. And man is the only person to blame.

To wrap this all up. Do not believe in global warming. The whole earth is going through a climate change in which man is causing. The main factor behind this is the destruction of our forests. So if you want to make a difference, go out and plant a tree.

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