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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It’s the economy, stupid

Posted by Admin on Saturday, September 19th, 2009

this is a sequel to the previous post
(please read the previous post before commenting on this)

Whoever does not agree with the IPCC consensus on anthropogenic (man-made) global warming is called a “climate change denier” or “climate denier” by the global warming theorists.

global warming "deniers" conference

The real question however might not be so much about what label we attach to our persuasion, but rather is there something we can do about climate change – what can be done about it? Which are the most effective solutions and actions to remedy the problem?

Independent scientific analysis and research, unbiased by sponsor’s interests or ideological intent (if such a thing ever exists), might produce “an inconvenient truth” for both the supporters and the deniers of “anthropogenic CO2 caused global warming”, because it will have to include and consider a plethora of other potential causes in the research, and it might come up with findings that are not only shattering the prevailing carbon dioxide thesis, but which are also very disturbing to anybody who thinks all is right.

Climate change is happening, that’s an undeniable fact, the deceit with the current thesis lies in the use of the term “global warming” as a synonym for “climate change”. We can consider every human caused disruption of natural climatic cycles as climate change, and a disturbance of such natural patterns usually shows effects in the climate of larger regions – with sometimes devastating consequences: Extended draughts, sudden floods, landslides and massive storms are the most obvious ramifications of such human interference with the fragile ecosystem.

Apart from greenhouse gases, which certainly can and do have an influence on weather patterns (once more: carbon dioxide is just one – a minor – greenhouse gas, there are other gases and noxious fumes that might play a more significant role in the process…), a further major impact on natural cycles is certainly created with the massive deforestation and desertification of our planet. Deforestation has gained momentum since the 1950s, but has certainly been happening over centuries and at a higher pace during the past two hundred years or so of modern industrialisation (world population around 1800 was an estimated 978 million people, in 2008 it reached over 6,7 billion).

disappearing Amazon

Climate change cannot remain a dispute of energy politics alone as it affects the fundamentals of our existence: Water and Food. Without proper precipitation it will be impossible to grow anything. Water scarcity is a direct result from deforestation, as forests and trees are retaining water in the soil and regulate the microclimate through evaporation and condensation – cloud formation. The combined microclimates make the macroclimate with its rythms and cycles. A change in local surface temperature due to desertification has an impact on a supra regional phenomenon like an El Nino. Reforestation is not just about carbon sequestration or the “greener nicer look”, but about protecting the global climate, increasing production capacities and inhabitable space on our planet. It is about our survival.

Maybe the IPCC is wrong about global warming, but isn’t their agenda to drastically reduce CO2 emissions a noble one? No, say 100 scientists in an open letter to the United Nations: “Attempts to prevent global climate change from occurring are ultimately futile, and constitute a tragic misallocation of resources that would be better spent on humanity’s real and pressing problems.”

Critics claim the IPCC agenda would hinder poor nations from developing, and energy restrictions envisioned by the IPCC would cause suffering. “My experience as a missionary teacher in Africa opened my eyes to this simple fact: Without access to energy, life is brutal and short,” Christy said.

Denis G. Rancourt, professor of physics at the University of Ottawa opines: “I argue that by far the most destructive force on the planet is power-driven financiers and profit-driven corporations and their cartels, backed by military might; and that the global warming myth is a red herring that contributes to hiding this truth.”

Exerpt from a Planet JH News Article by Bob Stuart, published in January 2008

Climate change has to be tackled by restoring ecoregions to their proper functioning. It’s a regional problem with supra regional impact and global expansion. Coordinated global efforts are absolutely essential to achieve sustainable results. It takes a multi layered approach encompassing introduction of environmental friendly technology, preservation, restoration.

Does the global warming theory serve as a distraction from the real pressing problems that need to be solved? Is it a scheme to further allocate resources to the wealthy, withdrawing them from the poor? In no way this must be allowed. Climate change concerns everyone. Availability of sufficient food, drinking water and energy for basic requirements for every citizen of this planet can and must be accomplished – it’s a human right. This is about just humanitarian considerations. This planet can sustain all and everyone if nature is helped back into an efficient and balanced state.

Are we heading for economy driven science or a science driven economy? is it really all profits that matter? Money is essential in creating solutions, but first a solution must solve a problem not necessarily yield immediate monetarial revenues. This is not just about solving the economic crisis or about profits for a few. If we just think short term gains, we will never manage to tackle the destruction of our environment. An emerging sustainable green economy which is not based on hype, but on need, can generate myriads of new job opportunities for everyone – not only for a priviledged few.

Is the global warming theory the modern opium of the people? Are deniers just disturbing an attractive scheme? Is the debate open to all sights and opinions? Or is the outcome predestined by the greed for profits from exploitation of cheap resources? Will there anything be left for our children? Will anything change for the better or are we just changing the name of the game?

Recap:

global warming: a theory
carbon dioxide: not a crucial factor in climate change (maybe a result?), useful and necessary for plant growth
climate change: happening as widespread regional phenomena, supra regional impact, global appearance – plural: climate changes
major causes of climate change: destruction of regulating natural factors: deforestation and desertification, drainage of swamps and wetlands, particle pollution from soot, smoke and dust (city smog) …others.

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