Global warming is a verified phenomenon. Arctic Ice has been reduced by 14
percent over the past 40 years or so-- and that can't happen with only nature
at work. The problem is that all the fresh water entering the oceans
interferes with the oceanic conveyor, a very large system of currents that run
along the bottom of the ocean in a continuous circuit from the arctic to around
Australia and back. This conveyor brings warm bottom water to the North
Atlantic, which keeps the temperature warmer than it would be without it. The
chief beneficiary of this is Scandinavia and Great Britian. If enough fresh
water is added to the sea water, the salinity decreases, which makes the colder
surface water 'lighter' and it won't sink to the bottom the way it does now,
and at depth it becomes colder and gravity and the earth's rotation pull it
along to create this current.
Bottom line is, if the current stops, we get another Ice Age. Its happened
twice before, after huge natural catastrophes and its taken hundreds of years
for the conveyor current to start up again.
Global warming is a catch-phrase that does not put the problem in proper
context. Politicians put expediency over understanding-- or caution. If the
conveyor konks out, none of us will know it. But because it takes so long for
it to happen without the aid of a natural catastrophe, when it becomes evident
that it is happening, it will be too late. No explosions, no big dust clouds
covering the sun to forwarn, just a huge plankton cloud in the equatorial
waters to rot, spewing toxins into the air (because the water is not being
'conveyed' to the poles, thus getting warmer and warmer...) and a ever
increasing block of ice growing from the polar regions, lowering existing sea
level by about 100 feet over 20 years. And somewhere in all that, someone
Most of the world's population has to rely on a very tiny number of people to
do the right things. Part of those people would rather find the explaination
that fits their agenda than really listen to what others more learned have to
say. That's politics. When surgeons remove a tumor, they always take the
surrounding tissue, as a cautionary measure. That's science. The result of
the surgeon's diligence may leave a bigger scar, but that's better than having
the cancer return.
The politics of conservative and liberal views are a curse to modern society.
But, its the best we've got. Both are convinced the other will lead the world
to ruin and we, the people who put them in power in the first place, can't stop
watching football, baseball, cable movies, soap operas, The Simpsons or the
Home Shopping Network long enough to educate ourselves as to exactly what is
going on. America is supposed to be a leader in all things, at least that's
what conservative voices say. But if anyone other than a conservative starts
spewing facts (and I'm not talking about Gore here), especially if they are
from another country, it is treated as if the speaker was a reactionary with an
agenda-- and thus not worth listening to.
Yes, we are having a nice, really cold winter. I'm in California and not
having as rough a time as those in the midwest or on the East Coast. If you
are reading this, you have access to the internet. I suggest you take the time
to do some research on Global Warming and Oceanic Conveyor Belt. I'd also
suggest keeping an eye open for an episode of NOVA, about the conveyor belt.
Yes, its on PBS, but its science, not liberal politics.
And just to put the record straight, because there are going to be those who
will classify me otherwise-- I'm no liberal. Wouldn't piss on Gore if he was
on fire. I applaud Bush's space intentions, but doubt much will happen. Me a
conservative? No. But that shouldn't matter when truth is the subject.