Friday, March 12, 2010

Global Warming Alarmism Has No Yin Yang

One of the most profound tenets of philosophy is the concept of Yin Yang. It is used to describe how polar or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. Yin yang is complementary opposites within a greater whole. Everything has both yin and yang aspects, although yin or yang elements may manifest more strongly in different objects or at different times. Yin yang constantly interacts, never existing in absolute stasis.

But global warming alarmism has no yin yang. Ask any global warming alarmist and you will soon be told that everything about global warming is bad. There is simply nothing good about global warming. It is a catastrophe no matter what.

CO2 has risen from 280 parts per million 150 years ago, to the current 385 or so parts per million. CO2 is a basic building block of life on Earth. Plants use CO2 in photosynthesis, which gives the plants life. Plant life is the basis for animal life. CO2 means life itself.

CO2, for life as we know it, is a good thing.

Glaciers have been receding steadily since the last Glaciation Period approximately 10 to 15 thousands years ago. Back then there was a massive continental glacier that reached as far south as South Dakota and New York City. Since then global warming has caused the glaciation to recede drastically leading to the development of our modern civilization as we know it. That was a good thing.

Locally, warmists will publicly wail about specific glaciers receding and the horror of it all. The receding glacier is their proof that the world is warming catastrophically and it is presented as if it is an unprecedented event and a certain harbinger of the end of the world. But, quite often, when the glacier has actually receded, we find signs of life under the ice. Human, animal or plant remains that have been preserved for millennia. Signs that at one time, it was as warm as, or even warmer, than it is today in that location. They claim that their receding glacier is proof of man made global warming, but it actually is proof that it has been warmer there in the past, before SUV's and coal plants ever existed. It is proof that previous global temperature fluctuations have occurred due to natural climatic variations.

Receding glaciers are a good thing. Where there is widespread glaciation there is little or no life. And receding glaciers prove that the globes climate changes naturally.

One of the most difficult aspects of climate to predict is moisture levels. You know... precipitation, rain, snow, sleet, hail, etc. But trust me, alarmists will always predict something having to do with precipitation, and it will always be bad. If it is too wet where you are, then global warming will make it wetter. If it is too dry where you are, then global warming will make it drier. Oddly enough, you will never see a global warming prediction that says that a wet area will be improved by becomig drier and a dry area will never get more life-sustaining moisture. Never. Deserts will grow and swamps will expand, and never the twain shall meet.

Sometimes more moisture or less moisture, whichever the case may be, can be a good thing.

Then we get the alarmist predictions that global warming will hamper or even destroy the world’s crops. It has to, it's global warming and we know that there is nothing good about global warming.

Plants love heat. One of the basic measures in agriculture is heat units. It is a way to measure how much heat over a given period of time is available to crops in a given area. The more heat units, the better. Corn and grains are especially responsive to heat units. The further north you go, the more the crops can benefit from additional heat units.

For many in agriculture, more heat units are a good thing.

Global warming alarmists will shrilly tell you how trees are blooming weeks earlier than they use to. But is that a bad thing?

In any area where the temperatures go below freezing at some point during the year, frost dates are very important because the length of the growing season can severely limit the varieties of crops that can be grown there. The length of the growing season is defined from the average last spring frost day to the average first fall frost day. Rising temperatures will cause the average last spring frost to occur earlier and the average first fall frost to happen later. The result is that the average growing season will lengthen. That opens up new crop variety possibilities for northern farmers.

For agriculture, more crops, more varieties and longer growing seasons are all good things.

But no global warming alarmist will admit that there is anything that could be even remotely construed as positive about global warming. And that is all the reason you need to be suspicious of global warming alarmism.

Global warming alarmism simply has no yin yang.

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