Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is so convinced of man-made global warming that he’s advocated locking up anyone who denies it.
Up to now the only group that has locked up people for denying beliefs are religions. I would hate to see science fall into that trap.
I am an agnostic on the question of man-made global warming because there is no consensus among scientists. Nye may represent the majority but there are also a multitude of dissenters. I think everyone can agree that climate change, even radical, is part of nature or we would not have had any ice ages.
The question is how much of any current warming is “man-made.”
Nye was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on his Fox News program and I found him ignorant of basic climate history. The same can be said of Carlson except that no one as a rule is exposed to climate history in their normal studies so Carlson has an excuse, which Nye, posturing as the expert, does not.
Nye gave this as an example of accelerated man-made climate change. “Britain would not be very well suited to growing grapes as it is today. You asked what the climate would be like if humans would not be involved. … The climate would be like it was in 1750. The economics would be that you could not grow wine-worthy grapes in Britain as you can today because the climate is changing.”
Nye asserted that the climate has always been as it was in 1750 in the historic epoch. Carlson let him pass on that. But temperatures were much warmer in Britain during Roman times and they also grew grapes then. This is from the Daily Mail.
“How did the Romans grow grapes in northern England? Perhaps because it was warmer than we thought.
“A study suggests the Britain of 2,000 years ago experienced a lengthy period of hotter summers than today.
“German researchers used data from tree rings — a key indicator of past climate — to claim the world has been on a ‘long-term cooling trend’ for two millennia until the global warming of the twentieth century.
“This cooling was punctuated by a couple of warm spells.
“These are the Medieval Warm Period, which is well known, but also a period during the toga-wearing Roman times when temperatures were apparently 1 degree C warmer than now.”
Global warming has not yet jacked up temperatures anywhere near 1 degree C.
When in California this month they evacuated 180,000 people in fear of floods due to a faulty spillway it came out that the entire dam system there is in a state of disrepair due to decades of neglect. If they don’t start fixing stuff soon they could be facing certain disasters that could seriously affect farm production due to lack of water in reservoirs. How does the indifference to problems everyone can see compute related to the hysteria over problems that may not occur for many decades such as a cities falling into the sea. There is only so much money and if it goes one way, it is not going the other.
Scientists are still not able to give us lead time of major calamities and predict where they will happen. The 9.1 earthquake in 2004 which caused the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed an estimated minimum of 240,000 people had a force of 23,000 Hiroshima-size atomic bombs.
Weather reporting for what will happen in the next day or so is now pretty good but I am from Saint John, N.B., Canada on the Bay of Fundy and the worst blizzard I ever saw was not predicted. Suddenly near hurricane-level winds struck the city accompanied first by rain, if I recall correctly, and then by driving snow that lasted most of a day. It caused extensive damage but fortunately only one known fatality, a fellow who had been walking across a river was blown away. They said after, that the storm formed without warning in the Bay of Fundy.
No one yet has a consensus explanation for the Tunguska explosion over the largely unpopulated Siberia in 1908. It had the force of 185 Hiroshima bombs and flattened 80 million trees over an area of 2,150 square kilometers. If it had hit a major metropolitan area, that would have been wiped out. The explanations range from asteroid to comet to meteorite to black hole to UFO ship. Not enough is known to prevent a similar catastrophe in the future or worse.
The single most powerful explosion ever experienced, according to different references, happened at Thera, a volcanic island off Crete approximately 3,500 years ago. The Minoan civilization, then among the leaders in the world, was destroyed by the disruption in nature.
Several people have observed that the impacts from Thera would explain in a natural manner many of the plagues and miracles that the Hebrews experienced such as darkness and the parting of the Red Sea.
There is no question that you have to be ready for anything and it is entirely plausible that humans are the worst enemy of the planet and themselves, but no one does any good when they abandon science. If the global warmists have a case, let them make their case, not just trot out guys to the public like Nye or Al Gore, who sound like salesman trying to stick you with a used car with a crack in the radiator.
Global warming does produce heat all right, in the tongue, but no light.