Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Science By Definition Is Never Settled

Did you know that the gravity isn't settled science? There's a lot we don't know about gravity. If something we take for granted like gravity is "unsettled science", it seems absurd to declare something as random as weather to be so. But that's exactly the situation we are now in.

For years, "global warming" was the nom de jour used as cover for hamstringing the developed West while diverting monies to the less fortunate. Don't believe that? Every attempt at regulating CO2 emissions, both before and after the well-known Kyoto Protocol, called on the West to reduce carbon emissons, in some cases to zero, while allowing the largest economies outside of the West (I'm looking at you, China) to continue increasing these emissions. I've always been unable to follow the logic that it's okay for some economies to kill the planet, as long as it isn't the U.S or western Europe.

More recently, of course, the rallying cry is around the phrase "global climate change". I love this term because it's so darn ambiguous. Heck, who doesn't agree that the climate changes over time? Of course it does. That the green movement has so effortlessly changed a major dynamic of their argument ('the Earth is warming' to 'the Earth is warming in some place, cooling in others and it's all bad') is a testament to relentless pursuit of a goal, hamstringing the economies of the West, by any means necessary.

If the so-called Climategate scandal doesn't persuade you that economic and political agendas play a far larger role in the climate change movement than the scientific method, ask yourself this:

If the question of whether the Earth is warming all over (it's not) or warming in some places and cooling in others (it has always been so, at least for the last several thousand years) is irrelevant, than why is the proposed solution the same for both maladies? The West needs to curb CO2. Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere would raise temperatures (the greenhouse effect). That would seem to be a good thing in places where the temperature is falling.

Add in the fact that many scientists are now claiming that we are headed for a mini-ice age and one thing seems clear: the only thing "settled" about global climate change is that it's happening. What the temperature will be in 10-, 20- or 100 years, no one really knows.

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