CLIMATE CHANGE

Is Climate Change Real?

From the beginning of time, our planet has undergone continuous warming and cooling phases.  Naturally occurring forces which trigger  climate change include variations in the sun’s intensity, occasional volcanic eruptions as well as changes in naturally occurring gas concentrations.

So if climate change has been constant since the beginning of time, why are the alarmist constantly pointing to the impact of humans on our planet?  The argument is that changes in gas concentrations are exacerbated by industry, agriculture and transportation.  Further, that if we can somehow eliminate the adverse impact from these necessary ingredients which propel our somewhat civilized world, that the rapid acceleration of climate change can be halted.

Understand that I do not doubt the existence of climate change but I do challenge those who offer half-baked concepts which will arrest or reverse the current course.  Further, I have not seen any studies regarding the impact of remaking our civilization as we know it.  For every change in our society, Newton’s laws of motion must be acknowledged including:

  1. A body remains at rest, or in motion at a constant speed in a straight line, unless acted upon by a force.
  2. The net force on a body is equal to the body’s acceleration multiplied by its mass or, equivalently, the rate at which the body’s momentum changes with time.
  3. If two bodies exert forces on each other, these forces have the same magnitude but opposite directions.[1]

In other words, change must be studied as a whole, as opposed to a piece-meal approach with half-baked ideas.  The current call for an immediate adoption of electric cars is a perfect example.  Electricity does not come from a tree.  It must be generated to provide a readily available source of energy for electric anything.  Further, a power grid must be created once a viable source of energy generation can be adopted.  At current time, neither power generation nor delivery networks can provide the electricity required for our current needs, must less a doubling or tripling the need for electricity.  In summary, half-baked ideas are promoted by those who are not engineers.  Conversely, engineers offer viable solutions (provided they are available and in this case, are not available).

Further, with every action their is a reaction.  Those who strive to change the world must study the adverse impact of the changes which are considered.  Until those studies are a part of a master plan, I am not keen on attempting to change the pendulum of civilization back to an earlier time.

With that said, the collective “we” do face extreme challenges in coping with the very real changes in climate that we face each and every day.

The very first documentation regarding climate change can be found in John Wesley Powell’s papers.  A civil war veteran, botanist, geologist, and sociologist, John Wesley Powell was one of four men during the 1870s to lead a United States Geological Survey of the West. The J. W. Powell Survey unofficially began in 1867 when Powell led a small team of mountain men down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon for the first time in history. In 1870, Congress officially established a Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountains region with Powell in charge. This momentous event was just the beginning of Powell’s life as a surveyor, and he continued leading surveys until 1894.

The following list of publications provides a very sobering perspective on climate change which dates back to the 20th century.

PUBLICATIONS

John Wesley Powell – the first to express concerns regarding water availability in the U.S. Read More…

United States Department of the Interior – Hydrographic Surveys (1896) Read More…

On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground (1896) Read More…

United States Department of the Interior – Summary of the Controlling Factors of Artesian Flows (1908) Read More…

The 100th Meridian, Where the Great Plains Begin, May Be Shifting Read More….

How the West was Lost Read More…