The Straw to Break the Climate’s Back

Disagreement on climate change can perhaps be resolved with a little looking at well-known facts, personal experiences, and a little thinking.

First a helpful video clip:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Climate Change, South Pole & Dr. John Bird | The World According to Jesse on RT America |”)

Bravo, Jesse! Jesse Ventura made a good point about climate change. Perhaps he went through his life with open eyes.

I have lived long enough myself to personally experience climate change and know it is real. The places I lived at became ever warmer and more unstable weather-wise. Since 1964, the change has been consistent. When you have lived for a while, it therefore takes turning a blind eye not to see this.  

One reason why certain people doubt it’s happening is that they confuse climate with weather. It’s like confusing one’s stove with the water that boils in the pot placed on the stove. The climate is a global affair creating summers in some spots balanced with winters in other spots. When you turn up the heat from the stove, your pot of water boils more vigorously. The same happens in Earth’s atmosphere. The air rises in the hotter spots, cools off when it touches upon outer space, and where it comes down it brings the cold with it. Thus summer and winter are created together. Now, when you turn up the heat, the boil in your pot increases and on our planet you get more frequent and harsh extreme weather events.

The other reason for climate change denial, one that Jesse brings up, is a religious interpretation of reality. It used to be that our ancestors thought every single event was run by God. When an apple fell from a tree, God was moving it. Then, when Isaac Newton calculated that apples and all other objects always, yes always(!), fall in exactly predictable ways easily described as laws of nature, the view changed. God was now compared to a clock maker, the creator of a universe which follows laws making things like the falling of objects predictable and not needing the creator god to manually perform them (just as a clock maker doesn’t turn the hands on a clock), the creator god having set up the laws by which these things happen.

Most people nowadays don’t think that God’s hand moves every falling apple and rain drop, and they do acknowledge that we ourselves can definitely shake apples loose. However, when it comes to the weather, it seems too large for some of us to believe that we little humans could affect it. And, yet, we know for a fact about man-made smog smothering many of our cities and about the man-made destruction of rain forests, turning them into deserts. It has also been shown that we have more rainfall on weekends, not because God wants to spoil our weekends, but because our car emissions from our week-long commutes to work prompt the formation of rain drops, and as these emissions build up throughout our work week, the highest levels are in the air as the weekends start. The rains (and hail and snow, when it’s cold) that therefore occur most often on our weekends then wash the emissions out of the atmosphere, resetting the cycle. Rinse and repeat.

Considering these known phenomena, you ought to be able to accept the idea that we little humans, acting in large numbers and using powerful machines, can at least have a small effect on our local weather or even the global climate. Naturally, there are also cosmic forces in play like polar axis shifts and solar events which change the amount of heat absorbed from the sun. But here is the clinch:

We have scientific proof that carbon dioxide reduces the amount of heat our planet can radiate back into outer space. It acts like a warm blanket. We also have the measurements showing that atmospheric carbon dioxide has been on a rapid rise since we began our burning of huge amounts of fossil fuels (which produces huge amounts of carbon dioxide). Now, when you add to this the knowledge that the gas methane is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide (a much warmer blanket) and that giant amounts of methane are held frozen in the permafrost soil of the northern hemisphere and also at the bottom of the oceans — the oceans that with the rising global temperatures have also been warming up, same as the permafrost tundras, you can see a catastrophe approaching. When we get to a point at which these massive methane deposits will melt and evaporate, our global climate will receive a killing blow in the form of a much enhanced greenhouse effect. And this is how we little human beings with our powerful technology – even if you think us dwarfed by cosmic events and incapable of changing the climate all by ourselves – can definitely tip the needle and be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Something to think about for climate change deniers, I hope. And since most of us agree with a transition to much cleaner renewable-energy technologies that eliminate air pollution and peak-oil worries, maybe we can put aside arguing over the seriousness of the human role in our changing climate and focus instead on making good technological progress happen in ways that benefit everyone and leave no-one (like coal miners) behind. Let’s create new and better jobs, and a national protection against poverty even when there are no jobs for some of us or we get too old and sick to work. Agreed?

Related readings:

  1. 9 things you absolutely have to know about global warming
  2. Climate Change: The Bomb

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One thought on “The Straw to Break the Climate’s Back

  1. You gotta love Jesse Ventura! I think as more and more coastal cities go underwater and the temps heat up and create more and more droughts, even the deniers will eventually start to connect the dots on climate change. At least, we can hope.

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