Climate Hits a Troubling Milestone
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  • Plate tectonics accounts for 99.9% of the CO2 in the atmosphere. I want to hear the climate hysterics call for measures to stop the plates from moving around. What man contributes is not enough to worry about, but that won’t stop the Luddite ideologues from trying again to capture total control of energy production.

  • Peter Hunt

    Other WRM readers may be much more knowledgeable than I am on this, but I understand that the effect on global temperatures of putting more CO2 into the atmosphere can be compared to the effect on light of painting the glass of a window pane. The first coat reduces the amount of sunlight getting through the glass considerably, but the law of diminishing returns means that the difference between, say the eight coat of paint and the seventh is much less than that produced by earlier coats.

    In other words, the relationship between CO2 and global warming isn’t linear, is subject to diminishing returns and there’s some laser-based work which has been done which indicates that we might be quite far down the absorption curve.

    This obviously has important public policy implications.

    Anyone care to comment?

  • Claudia Russell

    C’mon Meade, admit that you’re back peddling your way off the warming wagon: ” Given our lack of knowledge, we should avoid jumping to conclusions based on this one piece of data. That’s not a recipe for policy success.”

  • Ramone Love

    “This is certainly bad news, but it’s hard to say what exactly it means” If you don’t know exactly what it means how can it be characterized as bad news?

  • Lorenz Gude

    “…the Economist reported that temperatures haven’t been rising the way leading models predicted over the past decade.” reminds me of “More Doctors smoke Camels than any other other cigarette.” When my dad died of Lucky Strike induced cancer I learned not to trust ‘leading models’.

  • “This is certainly bad news” — or maybe not:

    http://motls.blogspot.com/2013/05/why-we-should-work-hard-to-raise-co2.html

    It pays to keep an open mind.

  • Andrew Allison

    A milestone, but not a troublingmone until somebody can explain the incontovertable fact that, despite a 10% increase in CO2 global temperature hasen’t risen since 1996.

  • vepxistqaosani

    Walter,

    The fundamental problem is that reported by Zombie of pjmedia (http://pjmedia.com/zombie/2012/01/31/the-coming-of-the-new-ice-age-end-of-the-global-warming-era/): back when the “coming ice age” was the big worry, the solution was to grant immense power to governments and international organizations like the UN.

    Now that the problem is warming rather than cooling, the solution proposed is … exactly the same.

    Only when the global warmists begin to propose solutions that do not restrict freedom while (further) empowering governments should anyone pay any attention to them.

    But, in fact, whenever there is a problem — whether real or imagined — the solutions bureaucrats come up with are always ones that, coincidentally, give them much more power. Why do you suppose that is?

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