I am tired of this argument between the
alarmist and deniers.
Why not just print a lot of Euros and Dollars and start
sending them in bushels to Nigeria and a few other poor
countries. The UN can manage the distribution channels. The
locals can buy windmill and solar panels. Problem solved.
Best of all, we can all feel good about ourselves. I like
the idea and I can drive my diesel VW without guilt. Yes,
the same thing. Successive presidents proclaiming that we
need to develop alternative computing and telecom
technologies, and raising taxes on mainframes and Princess
phones in order to subsidize PCs and cell phone technology,
all driven by a well calibrated combination of government
mandates and subsidies. Uh ... Cell phones and PCs were not
developed primarily using the taxpayers' money.
Personally, I'm all for companies and individuals developing
alternative energy sources. One day our fossil fuels will be
depleted to the point where they become very expensive.
There will be a big payoff to companies that develop
practical energy sources. Government funding pretty
much assures that the wrong alternative energy technologies
will be chosen. Let private companies compete in the
marketplace. We will end up with much better energy sources
in the long run. Much about the heat transfer process is not
well understood or measured, especially how some of the
concepts interact. But consider:
CO2 insulates, especially in lab experiments with gas-filled
jars. It also insulates a little bit in the atmosphere. But
much of the heat that escapes the earth is not radiated
directly through the atmosphere. That portion is transported
within warm air through convection to higher altitudes.
Then, at many tens of thousands of feet in elevation, the
heat is radiated to space. It bypasses most of the CO2,
methane, water vapor and other insulators that could block
it. So, for that specific process, greenhouse gasses are
irrelevant. I got your comments forwarded, thanks. Clicking
on them puts me back to the WSJ commentary, but doesn't get
me to your comment which makes it too dam hard to bother, so
I picked this way instead. (If anyone can tell me if there's
a clever way to get back to the exact comment - it happens
automatically, as I recall on Climate Depot....) Is it just
a matter of being too type A and not waiting long enough?
A nice concatenation of the facts and politics of the
matter. Thanks to Lord Ridley and Mr. Peiser. Has anyone
noticed, though, that China has bet, and bet big, on sea
levels *not* rising? China is so sure that there will be no
sea level rise that it is actually building low-lying
*islands* in the South China Sea, building airfields and
expensive military installations on them. OK, Obama and his
minions don't believe in sea-level rise either, but did the
Chinese have to be so blatant about it? Are they getting
ready to actually *say* that the boy Emperor has no clothes?
I'm going long Orville Redenbacher common... Miami is
suffering because the storm sewers don't work at high tide
anymore. The system was designed years ago. Now if it rains
near high tide S.Beach the most expensive part of Florida is
under water. But we don't believe science. I don't mind the
WSJ writing stories by anti science creationist, as long as
they give the other side equal time. But they don't.
Did you notice the part where the author
said that the sea level has continued it's slow rise that
has been going on for centuries? That rise is about 1 foot
per century. So if the Miami sewer system were built in the
1920's then ocean levels would likely be one foot higher now
than then. Not knowing that in the 1920's, the engineers
probably did not take that into account. This is not a
conspiracy of "anti science creationists".