Al Gore sure did lay out a compelling case. Glaciers are receeding, ocean levels are rising and rainforests are disappearing. All those SUV's we selfish Americans drive, putting tons of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into our, oh so fragile, atmosphere. We've put holes in the ozone layer and now we're all at risk for skin cancer. So, the solution is to shut down the economy and go back to an agrarian life. Oh wait, we can't do that, either. Livestock flatulence is also a huge danger. My, oh my.
Mr. Gore obviously lost a step since his invention of the internet. We can only expect so much from this humble Tennessee man, whose bid for the Presidency was stolen by George Bush. Never mind that all those disenfranchised Florida voters couldn't tell the difference between GORE and NADER. And only Republicans cheat at elections and voter registration. Just ask Acorn. But I digress.
The fact is that the global average temperature (GAT) has risen for the last 140 years. From 1920 to 1940, average global temperature increased by about 0.4 degrees. From 1940 to 1980, it declined. From 1980 to 2000, it advanced by approximately 0.6 degrees. Are you seeing the problem here? GAT rose before there was a huge industrial base and autos. Then it declined as the country went to war and became heavily industrialized and during the period in which the automobile became a consumer staple. Then it rose again, but only AFTER 1980.
Still not convinced? How about the Martian Polar Ice Caps. Both Earth's and Mars' ice caps are shrinking! I don't know about you, but I have yet to drive an SUV on Mars. Didn't see any sheep up there, either.
This suggests that the warming is not only natural but astronomical in nature. All it takes is for our solar system to enter a place in the Galaxy when there exists less space dust to reflect the heat and sunlight back. We had an ice age once, remember? Our planet does NOT have constant temperatures. Temperature change is not only natural, but part of the cycle of life.
So, why the hysteria? Hmmm, could it have something to do with money? Nah. Not our angelic environmenal friends, who certainly do NOT have an agenda. And, of course, the press has no agenda. Shoving idiotic legislation like cap and trade down our throats is a boon to all of our trading partners. So, as you can see, the "global warming" lemmings might just have some conflicts of interest here.
Even if global warming were completely scientifically supportable and could be shown to result from fossil fuels and pollution, has anyone asked why a warmer planet is bad? For every loser, there is a winner. If your climate is cold, a few degrees warmer would be welcome. Some plants and crops will do better. Some won't. Some animals will fare better, some won't. Some industries will benefit, some won't. Some real estate will benefit. Some won't.
The only beneficiaries of global warming are the hysterical doom-sayers who have aligned themselves with this preposterous cause. The rest of us are expected to give up our SUVs and lose our jobs. Sounds like a terrific deal to me. All this makes me hot under the collar.