Posted: 05 January 2010
Climate is all about oceanic and atmospheric circulation, and temperature transfers. From studying a wide spectrum of sciences in 2 colleges for 5 years, and measuring the various processes within and beneath the ocean surface as an Oceanographer for 9 years, I believe the combined effects of sun light, ocean surface temperature and wind are the major causes of all atmospheric conditions. Since about 75% of Earth's surface is ocean water, what happens to the atmosphere as it across over the ocean surface has more influence on our climate than what happens as it blows over the 25% land.
According to information in IMPRIMIS (Hillsdale College publication Aug 2007, Vol 36 #8) and other honest scientific studies (including Dendrochronology - study of tree rings in very old trees), our climate may slowly be warming up as a result of natural periodic changes in the earth that cause slight long-term variations in oceanic and atmospheric temperatures. This has been going on for centuries - so no big deal. In fact, real science has shown long-term minor temperature increases in some areas of the world and decreases in other parts.
I believe long-term climate changes are influenced mostly by the following process: long-term rise and fall of transfer of heat from the intensely-hot molten magma currents inside the earth, through the relatively thin crust / tectonic plates that form the ocean bottoms, into the deep ocean water masses, through circulation from the deep to shallow, and finally to the surface where it contacts the atmosphere.
If ocean surface temperatures are slowly warming from the combined effects of rising internal temperatures and increased sunlight (decreased sun spots), then the wind would carry a warmer climate to the land masses. Even if the atmosphere over the land masses is being heated up by man-made CO2, (like massive harvesting lumber from trees in rain forests, driving gas-fueled cars and trucks, power plants burning coal, incinerators, and raising cattle) that is only a small contribution to the global climate. Also, much of the pollution in east coast cities may be attributed to pollution blowing in the breeze from China.
Furthermore I believe that volcanoes and forest fires put more CO2 into the atmosphere and affect global temperatures and climates more than any man-made sources, and therefore they should be charged more carbon taxes.
During the "Ice Age," when glaciers were covering parts of North America, global temperatures could have been 60 degrees (F) cooler than they are now. And mankind didn't have any influence on the global warming from that age.
Also, I believe it is un-scientific (dishonest political propaganda) when people look at glaciers that appear to be receding, and attribute that to man-made global warming. They are not considering the long-term phase of formation of that particular glacier. The lower end of that glacier was formed at a higher elevation many hundreds of years earlier.
If, for example during a 30-year period, the precipitation on that mountain top gradually reduced and resulted in a gradual thinning of that portion of the glacier, and it slowly flowed to its present location at the lower (warmer) end of the valley, then even if the climate and atmospheric temperature remained the same, the end of that thinned portion of the glacier would slowly melt and appear to recede up the valley. I don't know of any studies that have taken that possibility into consideration. If you know of any, please let me know.
Therefore, I believe that global warming activists are "FULL OF HOT AIR," and there to be a better political climate in America if they would just "COOL IT."