My wife was reading me a letter to the editor of one of our local papers today, and a lady wrote in with this to say; "The debate is over; the science is clear: Global warming is happening and we need to do something about it."
So then we're listening to Glenn Beck, and he reads part of an article I thought quite humorous. The "Global warming" debate is supposed to be over, right? Well, what happens if the globe really isn't warming, and may not for the next thirty years. Now, this isn't the news coming from some right wing conspiracy theorist. This is from the Discovery Channel itself, just one of the groups who have been teaching on this for so long. Now, these aren't my words. Feel free to read the whole article here. Let me just give you a piece of it.
"But climate is known to be variable -- a cold winter, or a few strung together doesn't mean the planet is cooling. Still, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters, global warming may have hit a speed bump and could go into hiding for decades."
Wait, it hit a "speed bump?" So it's not really global "warming," it's global "climate change" right? Meaning sometimes it gets warmer, and sometimes it gets colder? Hence the "global cooling" scare of the 1970's? Isn't that what many scientists have been saying all along? Meanwhile, there are those trying to put us all on a guilt trip for driving our big cars, trucks and SUV's, using regular light bulbs, and oh, yes, trying to actually stay warm during this particularly cold winter. But then you read the next paragraph...
"Earth's climate continues to confound scientists. Following a 30-year trend of warming, global temperatures have flatlined since 2001 despite rising greenhouse gas concentrations, and a heat surplus that should have cranked up the planetary thermostat."
So while those of us in Western PA are doing all we can to bring on an early spring, we're really not accomplishing anything at all? What a bummer.
Well, I'm no scientist, but maybe those who claim this debate is finished should go back and check the numbers one more time.