Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chicago PM Tuesday 18 September 2012

Voice of the People, Chicago Tribune


A Chicago Tribune editorial [“No denying it /Climate change is real” Friday 17
August 2012] claimed that “A strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows
that climate change is occurring...  and poses significant risks for a broad range of
human and natural systems."

Only 29 days later [Sunday 16 September] the Tribune has an article (shorter,
but no less alarmist) on the same subject: “Less Arctic ice could mean extreme winter.”

The editorial denigrated computer models (“Climate is complex and doesn't yield
easily to computer models”)  but they are the backbone of the whole case for
climate change.  What is never admitted is the pathetically small set of past data
on which to build the case  for global warming.

This can be demonstrated by a mathematical model projecting the planet's 4.5
billion year age on an 80-year human lifetime. Such a 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 geezer., Discovery of carbon dioxide in 1630? 3 minutes 30 seconds

The 16 September article says: “Last month researchers said Arctic sea ice had
dwindled to the smallest size ever observed, covering almost half the area it did
30 years ago.”  Thirty earth years is 16 seconds in the  model.

If a doctor takes a senior citizen's blood pressures and gets 120 over 80, takes it
again five minutes later and  it's 124 over 76, would she call an ambulance?

The editorial also refered to “rising sea levels, temperature changes and retreating
polar ice...” as convincing evidence of global warming. You might want to be
careful with this one: On Sunday 19 August 2000 a prominent east coast
newspaper said: "The thick ice that has for ages covered the Arctic Ocean at the
pole has turned to water, recent visitors there reported yesterday. At least for the
time being, an ice-free patch of ocean about a mile wide has opened at the very
top of the world, something that has presumably never before been seen by
humans and is more evidence that global warming may be real and already
affecting climate." Ten days later they printed a correction: "A front-page article
in the Aug 19, 2000 edition... about the sighting of open water at the North Pole
misstated the normal conditions of the sea ice there.... A clear spot has probably
opened at the pole before, scientists say.... The lack of ice at the pole is not
necessarily related to global warming.” You can look it up.

Arnold H Nelson     ah_nelson@yahoo.com

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