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Climate Change: Real? Man-Made? A Presentation to PotomacGOP by Charley Martin July 14, 2014. Climate Defined:. The meteorological conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular region. (American Heritage Dictionary)
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Governments have already spent billions of dollars, and are poised to spend trillions of dollars to force a shift in the world’s energy economy away from hydrocarbon fuels
However, the processes that drive the climate are extremely complex
The scientific community finds itself sharply divided into two camps
That the Earth is in a slight warming trend – about 1 degree F in the last 100 years
That the industrial activity of mankind – the very activity that brings about advancements in the quality of life – is responsible for an increase in the levels of CO2 in our atmosphere in the last 100 years from ~300 ppm to ~390 ppm
The “Eureka, I have found it!” camp fervently believes that the increase in anthropogenic (man-made) CO2 levels are causing the warming.
This camp generally believes that extraordinary government action is necessary to avert a world-wide disaster.
This camp hangs it hat on the “hockey stick” graph of Michael Mann:
“It’s a whole lot more complicated than one or two graphs.”
The climate is influenced by many variables, only one of which is the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, which may actually not be very important at all.
Let’s take our time to understand before we do something rash in the name of “saving the planet.”
(Analysis of Ancient Climate)
540 MYA – Present
Continents form, drift, reform
Life develops, becomes diverse and more complex
Climate and atmosphere variable
“Drastic, precipitous and, especially, unilateral, steps to delay the putative greenhouse impacts can cost jobs and prosperity and increase the human costs of global poverty, without being effective. Stringent economic controls now would be economically devastating particularly for developing countries.”
The article concluded:
“The scientific base for a greenhouse warming is too uncertain to justify drastic action at this time. There is little risk in delaying policy responses.”