Wally Wonders Why No editor, no publisher, you get what you get

May 22, 2007

Local global warming research

I think I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Why won’t local media report the research of our own Don J. Easterbrook? Is it anti-Bellingham? Is it anti-Whatcom? Is it anti-WWU? Perhaps it is if you consider the state of local politics, but it is also sound thinking by a local professor on a subject that Former Vice President Al Gore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), most Democrats and mainstream media say is one of the most important issues facing the world today. Global Warming!

I have a vague recollection of a blurb somewhere announcing that Professor Easterbrook was going to speak at the NW Business club a few weeks ago. I worked and didn’t go the May 9th presentation, but I really did expect to read something about it in the news. I still haven’t seen any follow up stories. Where is the big front page article? Is there no room for facts and sound science in political arena of global warming?

Perhaps someone who attended the NW Business Club meeting could write to the Herald? Perhaps someone who attended could write a story for the Herald? Perhaps someone who attended could email me their thoughts regarding his presentation and I’ll post it here.

Or you could just spread the word about his research that is generously available on his website Don J. Easterbrook.

March 26, 2007

Ego-Offsets

Some people have such a huge egos that they need to balance things out by purchasing “Ego-Offsets” It’s a way of spending money on things that make it look like you care about something other than yourself.

WWU to curb its emissons
BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University is pledging to curb greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming, as part of a national college environmental campaign.

WWU President Karen Morse recently signed a letter of intent for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which is an effort to address global warming by getting institutions to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions…

The purest form of Ego-Offsets; the president gets her ego fed; everyone at the college with an ego gets their ego fed; Bellingham gets it’s ego fed; everyone believes it is done for our children who will inherit our planet not someones ego; taxpayers purchase the offsets; and facts, which usually are sparse around egos, are thrown to the wind.

Criticisms of Mr. Gore have come not only from conservative groups and prominent skeptics of catastrophic warming, but also from rank-and-file scientists like Dr. Easterbook, who told his peers that he had no political ax to grind. A few see natural variation as more central to global warming than heat-trapping gases. NY Times

Why would the president of WWU listen to Former Vice President Al Gore’s inconvenient truth rather than Western’s own Professor Easterbrook? Ego!

So in a sense Carbon-Offsets are really a form of Ego-Offsets. Some humble person in Kenya is paid to plant a tree so that the purchaser of the Ego-Offset can draw attention to themselves while they spout about how they care about our world.

March 1, 2007

Carbon Mentor

OK, I’ll change the subject after this post. I’ll give it at least a few days before I post on carbon footprints and/Former Vice President Gore again. But I had to pass this along. It is from a post on Sound Politics. See if you can guess who owns this home.

The 4,000-square-foot house is a model of environmental rectitude. Geothermal heat pumps located in a central closet circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground where the temperature is a constant 67 degrees; the water heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. Systems such as the one in this “eco-friendly” dwelling use about 25% of the electricity that traditional heating and cooling systems utilize.

A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof runs; wastewater from sinks, toilets and showers goes into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is used to irrigate the landscaping surrounding the four-bedroom home. Plants and flowers native to the high prairie area blend the structure into the surrounding ecosystem.

No, this is not the home of some eccentrically wealthy eco-freak trying to shame his fellow citizens into following the pristineness of his self-righteous example. And no, it is not the wilderness retreat of the Sierra Club or the Natural Resources Defense Council, a haven where tree-huggers plot political strategy.

From the description, I’d say that it’s owner must be pretty carbon footprint savy. Did you guess? Nope, it’s not Ed Bagley Jr., it’s not in Hollywood. Nope, it’s too small to be ecofriendly Mr. Gore’s home, but you are getting globally warmer.

Why it belongs to our Republican, yet still green, President George W. Bush. It is his “Texas White House” in Crawford, where Cindy Sheehan used to hang out.

I really got a kick out to this, hope you did too.

July 8, 2006

Global Warming or Global Cooling?

It doesn’t surprise me that the Herald would run alarmist stories about supposed global warming.  And it doesn’t even surprise me that there was a letter to the editor published that urged people to go see Former Vice President Al Gore’s political junk science fiction movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”  I don’t surprise that easy.  However, I was a bit surprised that the letter writers were offering to waste their money to pay for others to go.

Here is an inconvenient truth that doesn’t surprise me either. We have very little, almost negligible effect on global temperatures. If the earth is going to warm or cool, we can no more stop it than we can stop day from becoming night or winter from becoming spring. It is not in our power. Anyone who could be bothered to read a book on our climate would find this out right way. There are many available locally in the Whatcom County Library System.  Reading non-fiction books from the library is free, and won’t help Mr. Gore’s presidential campaign.  It’s a win win situation.

Here is the abbreviated version. Global temperatures are primarily controlled by:

Astonomical cycles
spinning earth – 24 hr cycle
earth orbit around sun – 1 yr cycle
Solar cycles – 11yr and 206 yr cycles
earth tilt and elliptical orbit – 21,000 yr cycle
earth orbit wobble – 41,000 year cycle
elliptical variation in earth’s orbit – 100,000 yr cycle

Tectonic causes
Movement of land masses cause variation in ocean currents

Atmospheric causes
Variations in to cloud cover, snow cover and things like volcanic dust
Heat retention from atmospheric gases: water vapor, carbon dioxide, etc.
*** these are the greenhouse gases***

As far as I know we humans have no effect on either Astronomical or Tectonic events. If anyone thinks they do, I’d like to see them prove it.  And as for the dreaded greenhouse gases, man’s current contribution is estimated at less than 0.5% of total gases.

That’s it!

We have no control over more than 99.5% of greenhouse gases.

We have less than 0.5% influence on the most minor of the minor influences on global temperatures. That is smaller than the Grinch’s heart was before he met up with Cindy Loo Whoo.

The best thing we can do with regards to climate change is face the inconvenient truth that the climate will change without regard for what we humans do or don’t do.  We should collect data, compare to cycles and history, try to predict the next change.  The best estimates say that we are nearing the end of a warming cycle and the earth will soon begin to cool.  We should be preparing for our real science future rather than the Al Gore money grubbing junk science future.

I say we should stop buying Arab oil and pump the heck out of the Arctic before it becomes inaccessible under massive layers of ice.  I’ll also throw in that we are one of the cleanest nations in the world and we got that way not because of Al Gore, but rather because we care about are nation.

Here’s how I respond to greenhouse alarmists; I say that we humans have about the same effect on global warming as a speck of dust on a Prius effects it’s gas mileage.

There that is Wally’s Inconvenient Truth.

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