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Climate truths get a cold shoulder

Do you ask your barber if you need a haircut? His business depends on cutting hair. The business of climatologists and global warming researchers depends on lots of research dollars being thrown at studying global warming. If there were no perceived problem, there would be no funding. So the first order of their business is to create a problem showing the need to fund even more research.

Did man really cause this global warming trend, or is Al Gore's ''Inconvenient Truth'' full of hot air? A study of earlier warming and cooling cycles before humans inhabited the earth begs the scientific question - why did they occur before man existed to influence the climate? Both Al Gore and his movie avoid answering that inconvenient question.

Imagine the earliest human - we'll call him Adam - experiencing his first sunrise, and the coolness of daybreak, on a day in early April. By noon it is 20 degrees warmer, and he wonders if he will survive the growing heat of the day. The sun sets, and coolness returns. Adam learns the daily cycle of nature's sunrise and sunset, and notices the weather getting warmer as the moon goes through its cycles. In July, he asks himself if he'll be unable to survive the ever-increasing summer temperatures. Autumn approaches and the climate cools daily, actually becoming uncomfortably cold. With longer-term observations and the return of summer, Adam learns nature's annual cycles.

The media repeatedly bombard us with the catastrophe of ''global warming'' and the editorial query, ''For how long will our beaches exist?''

Cape Cod and its beaches did not exist 30,000 years ago. A glacier formed the Cape and Islands. The glacier then melted rapidly. Sea level rose about 50 feet every thousand years, then slowed to about 11 feet... [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Did man really cause this global warming trend, or is Al Gore's ''Inconvenient Truth'' full of hot air? A study of earlier warming and cooling cycles before humans inhabited the earth begs the scientific question - why did they occur before man existed to influence the climate? Both Al Gore and his movie avoid answering that inconvenient question.

Imagine the earliest human - we'll call him Adam - experiencing his first sunrise, and the coolness of daybreak, on a day in early April. By noon it is 20 degrees warmer, and he wonders if he will survive the growing heat of the day. The sun sets, and coolness returns. Adam learns the daily cycle of nature's sunrise and sunset, and notices the weather getting warmer as the moon goes through its cycles. In July, he asks himself if he'll be unable to survive the ever-increasing summer temperatures. Autumn approaches and the climate cools daily, actually becoming uncomfortably cold. With longer-term observations and the return of summer, Adam learns nature's annual cycles.

The media repeatedly bombard us with the catastrophe of ''global warming'' and the editorial query, ''For how long will our beaches exist?''

Cape Cod and its beaches did not exist 30,000 years ago. A glacier formed the Cape and Islands. The glacier then melted rapidly. Sea level rose about 50 feet every thousand years, then slowed to about 11 feet every thousand years.

In recent times sea level rise has been approximately 3 feet per thousand years. ''At the current rate of sea level rise, Cape Cod will continue to battle the waves for about another 5,000 years before succumbing to the sea,'' according to the Cape Cod National Seashore's Web site.

Note that man did not inhabit North or South America until 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, and the melting of glaciers and the 300-foot rise in sea level that made Cape Cod beaches waterfront property occurred without man's presence or influence.

We now enjoy Cape Cod because of nature's normal long-term cycles of cooling and warming, glaciers forming and melting, and ocean levels changing. Mankind neither caused nor influenced the climate.

Do you ask your barber if you need a haircut? His business depends on cutting hair. The business of climatologists and global warming researchers depends on lots of research dollars being thrown at studying global warming. If there were no perceived problem, there would be no funding. So the first order of their business is to create a problem showing the need to fund even more research.

Are today's scientists, like ''Adam,'' looking at too short a time period? Do climatologists really understand that long-term cycles of nature take hundreds or thousands of years? The Earth was warmer 400 years ago, and 1,000 years ago, than it is today.

Appearing before the Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development last year, Carleton University paleoclimatologist Tim Patterson testified, ''There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth's temperature over this (geologic) time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over 10 times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half-billion years.''

Patterson asked the committee, ''On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century's modest warming?''

Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, has written that there's no consensus on global warming.

''There is a clear attempt to establish truth not by scientific methods but by perpetual repetition,'' he wrote in an article titled ''Don't Believe the Hype: Al Gore is Wrong.''

In summary, the sky, or sun, is not falling. The problem is the media's hot air on global warming, and their cold shoulder toward those scientists disclosing contrary facts and views, labeled as skeptics.

Richard Brady of Mashpee has a degree in chemical engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York and a master's degree in business administration from Rutgers University. He was president of several manufacturing companies during his career.

 


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JUL 24 2006
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