The Law of Unintended Consequences   3 comments

Oh, yeah! Here’s a great idea!

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/scientist-sees-global-warming-remedy-inside-steaming-volcano-calderas

Let’s reverse global warming by mimicking the effects of volcanoes.

I think it’s an interesting idea and certainly more sensible that the usual suggestion of just stop using fossil fuels and rely on renewables. Renewables are unreliable and low efficiency, hydro ruins rivers and salmon habitat, and the average American is inexplicably terrified of nuclear. Fossil fuels are here to stay for the long-term future because they work.

And seriously, there’s mounting evidence that global climate change is driven by a natural cycle of solar variation. It’s always seemed like hubris to think that humans could nudge that behemoth even a little bit and you can’t blame the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warming Period on fossil fuels. The article, from The Alaska Dispatch, brings that up – Alaskans wouldn’t object to a little global warming. It also acknowledges that there are a lot of costs associated with subsiding permafrost soils, rising sea levels (if they ever do rise; they really haven’t yet), and the comments mention the acidification of the oceans (which is more a prediction than a measurable effect at this point.

But, this … can anyone say “unintended consequences”? I remember the winter after Mt. Penatuba blew up – it snowed 12 feet in Interior Alaska. Snow doesn’t melt here, so that was 12 feet on the ground come April. We shoveled snow two or three days every week all winter long. Then we had no summer – it snowed in mid-May, rained all summer and then snowed again September 10 – a full month ahead of schedule. Seeding the clouds to stop/slow global warming seems a lot like the science that said “prevent forest fires at all costs” that led to a 100-year store of dead wood in our forests that resulted in several out-of-control forest fires in the last decade.

Sometimes we humans really need to pause and realize that we are not that bright and maybe we ought to just leave some things alone, learn to adapt, relax and stop acting like we’re God. We aren’t. We can’t control the sun, climate change is probably out of our control too. Stop panicking and trying to push the boulder up the hill. Adapt! In a couple of centuries or next year the climate will start to cool and then we can adapt the other way. It’s what we as a species do best, so let’s do it.

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  1. The a$$hattery of Harvard knows no bounds. It also turns out that cities ARE hotter, but it’s due to more paving and urban sprawl. So these experts assume that it’s hotter in the country too. Instead of relying on actual data, they adjust their results “by consensus.” Who are you going to believe, Harvard or your lying thermometer?

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    • Same here. Alaskan cities are getting warmer in the winter (though, oddly, cooler and wetter in the summers), but it’s till COLD in Tanana, a village just to the west of us. However, I believe in climate change. It’s clear that permafrost is thawing here and that glaciers are retreating. I believe climate change is a natural cycleSame here. Alaskan cities are getting warmer in the winter (though, oddly, cooler and wetter in the summers), but it’s till COLD in Tanana, a village just to the west of us. However, I believe in climate change. It’s clear that permafrost is thawing here and that glaciers are retreating. I believe climate change is a natural cycle that we can’t do anything about and probably shouldn’t try because when we humans start thinking we’re in charge, God’s nature shows that we’re not.

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  2. I agree with you. My unscientific theory is that we’re slowly coming off the last ice age and will warm a bit until the earth exercises its mechanism to start cooling again. That, or a big volcano erupts and we’ll start cooling again.

    Here’s the article that cited the “temperature change by consensus.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/01/10/hottest-year-ever-skeptics-question-revisions-to-climate-data/

    It’s amazing what chainsaws they take to the Scientific Method these days.

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