Turning Up the Heat

We know that Joe Biden placed a great deal of emphasis, as did his party, on climate change. During his campaign Mr. Biden promised to rejoin the Paris Accord on Climate Change, end fracking (although he later denied that), and ban fossil fuels altogether in the not-too-distant future. The one idea he isn’t completely on board with is the radical Left’s “Green New Deal.” That proposal is too massive and expensive for a moderate like Biden to embrace and risk losing his support among Middle America. The entire basis for the climate change hysteria is a concern over the gradual and progressive rise in global atmospheric temperatures. The official monitoring and documenting of temperatures by the weather service began in 1880. Since record keeping began the yearly rise in global temperature has been 0.14 degrees F per decade. But beginning in 1981 that rate has doubled. According to a study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this past year (2020) tied 2016 for the warmest year on record. Most scientists in the global warming debate believe that CO2 and methane are chiefly responsible for trapping heat and raising air temperatures. President-elect Biden emphasized in his campaign the need to lower CO2 emissions as a means of preventing further global warming. President Trump successfully grew the economy and lowered greenhouse gasses throughout his term in office. The global pandemic of 2020 resulted in markedly less air travel, more people working from home and many people sheltering in place. As a result greenhouse gases were down and carbon emissions dropped by 7%. If greenhouse gasses were totally responsible for the rise in atmospheric temperatures, how then do we account for the increase that was seen in 2020?

The earth is believed to be 4.54 billion years old but the study of the earth (Earth Science) is relatively young. We know that the earth has warmed and cooled numerous times over the lifespan of the earth. These cycles took place eons before humans appeared on the planet. It’s very possible that the earth is in another warming cycle independent of human activity. That is not to say that human activity is not contributing to a warming effect. I seriously doubt that what humanity does is completely controlling the earth’s climate. Atmospheric CO2 has also fluctuated over time and it doesn’t necessarily correlate with atmospheric temperatures. I am more concerned about what we put into the atmosphere from a health standpoint than from a global warming standpoint. We all must breath the air around us and I would prefer that we keep the air as pure as possible. I think it is a good idea to take better care of the earth. This is a case where we are “all in this together” because if we destroy this planet we have nowhere else to go.

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