The Wall Street Journal features another article on the alleged dangers
of global warming/climate change [A New Climate-Change Consensus Monday 6 August 2012]. And of course it includes the obligatory list of statistics to demonstrate how bad it is: “temperatures have been climbing over the past five decades,” “a new analysis of global temperatures over the past 250 years”, “ a decades-long march toward hotter and wilder weather”, “26,000 heat records broken in the last 12 months”.
On their own, this figures are impressive, but when arrayed against the 4.5 billion year age of the Earth, they become hillarious. This can be demonstrated with a favorite tool of the environmental alarmists, a mathematical model: Projecting those 4.5 billion years on to something we can see and feel, an 80-year human life time.
This model shows one year of earth time equivalent to 0.562 seconds of an 80-year human life span. This means humans first appeared in our model earth 39 days ago. They had no idea of measuring temperature before Galileo's 1593 thermometer invention, 4 minutes ago to our senior citizen., Discovery of carbon dioxide in 1630? 3 minutes 30 seconds ago. The scare figures quoted in the article? 250 years is 2
minutes 20 seconds in geezer time. The last 12 months? 0.562 seconds in the model.
If a doctor took a senior citizen's blood pressure and got 120 over 80, took it again five minutes later and it was 124 over 76, would she call an ambulance”
I've lived in Detroit, St Louis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh PA, Marblehead MA. Worked as tech rep in Southern CA, Bay area, NYC, I've been to Europe a dozen times (Ireland, UK, Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Belgium.
Favorite restaurants are Gene & Georgetti's in Chicago, Roma Cafe in Detroit, Frankie and Johnie's in NYC, Rigazzi's on the hill in St. Louis (Also Charlie Gitto's, was Angelo's when I went there.)
For about a year I had small offices in Clayton MO, in the Country Club Plaza in KC. I rode a ten-speed bike around Lake Michigan (The bottom half in one week in June 1978, another week for the top half in 1980, used the Badger both times.
Don't get to travel much anymore, but still try to rent a car and go around the Lake in March every year. Sure, there's still snow, and it's not warm, OTOH there are no bugs and no toursts. Greatest little tavern in the world is Sherry's Port Bar in Garden UP MI