Like every issue which involves an industry that stands to lose a few bucks, the global warming debate is full of nonsense and misinformation. Is global warming real? Is it manmade or natural? Or both? Does the amount of carbon in the atmosphere make a difference?
Well just in case you’ve been wondering, lemme clear a few things up with some perfectly good pre-bullshit-propaganda-campaign science.
Scientists have known about the greenhouse effect for decades. We have seen what it can do to a planet. How? Because earth isn’t the only planet.
Venus, the closest planet to earth, is somewhat closer to the sun and somewhat hotter, but given it’s size and distance from our star it ought to be more or less habitable, if uncomfortable for it’s occupants. The average temperature ought to be about 90 degrees in some places.
Instead the average temperature is about nine hundred degrees.
Well lets take a look.
This is Venus. Compare it to earth:
Now to totally bastardize quite a bit of physical science, I’ll simplify this for the sake of my own laziness. Or at least try to…
If light passes through something or is reflected off of it (like a mirror) it does not absorb the energy from the light. If something absorbs energy and we see it as a color (such as the blue ocean or the brown soil for instance) that means some light is being absorbed and some is being reflected, and what is being reflected is what our eyes/minds perceive as blue or brown or whatever.
The sun pumps vast amounts of energy into space, so much so that the tiny amount that hits us is enough to sustain every living thing on the planet. When you run up a flight of stairs or have sex or think really hard or do anything that requires energy, that energy ultimately comes from the sun. Some of the sunlight is transferred into chemical energy by plants, which are eaten by animals which are eaten by insects, bacteria etc, and we get our food at some point in this chain. So enough energy from the sun hits the earth to power every living thing on the planet, every metabolic process, enough power to digest every meal every animal eats, heal every wound, and do everything all 6 billion humans do in the course of a day.
We’re talking about a LOT of energy. Enough to make the energizer bunny look lethargic.
Some of this energy doesn’t get transferred into biological energy, but instead becomes heat energy. Light hits a mountain or a bit of dirt and the energy that’s absorbed becomes heat. Well when there’s too much carbon in the atmosphere this has a sort of double-whammy effect. The massive amount of energy from the sun hits the earth, and then what would normally be reflected back out into space gets absorbed by the impurities in the atmosphere instead. I did another blog that mentioned that we put well over a hundred billion pounds of carbon in the air every single year – that’s just our one country. That’s 100 billion pounds of crap in the air absorbing additional heat.
Now go back and look at those pictures again.
Notice anything that might account for the average temperature being 800 degrees higher than it should be? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the surface of Venus isn’t even visible there’s so much crap in the atmosphere.
See on earth particles in the air are, well, nutrients. They get incorporated into life. Plants suck carbon out of the air and use it the way we use food. There’s enough carbon in the coral reefs alone to kill every living thing on the planet if it were ever released, and if all life on earth died our planet would look more like Venus, one big smog-heap.
And that’s what we’re doing. When we burn stuff, coal, wood, gas, oil, we are putting more crap into the atmosphere which not only is poisonous to us, but has the added benefit of making our planet hotter and hotter and hotter.
Think this doesn’t have any impact? Two continents are starting to melt out of existence.
Hurricanes and tornadoes are caused when hot and cold or cool fronts come together and feed into a spiral gaining more and more power. The warmer the air and water currents, the more intense the phenomena is. Think that doesn’t matter to people living where there are tornadoes and hurricanes?
How did I find out about this whole Venus global warming thing?
I read about it, in a 30 year old book. Scientists have considered global warming and the greenhouse effect facts for decades. It’s only when big fat corporations stand to lose a buck that it becomes a “controversy”. Like healthcare, like oil, like everything these days.