Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I am not alone

As many of you know, I live in North Alabama. This puts me in the area able to receive the Rick and Bubba Show on the radio. I hate commercials, so I change radio stations frequently. This morning, I flipped to 95.1 to avoid a commercial block, and Rick and Bubba were talking to James Spann about...wait for it...Global Warming.

Once I made it to a computer and could jack into the Internet, I looked him up. This man is a Meteorologist who does not believe in Man-made, Catastrophic Global Warming. He is currently in the middle of an argument with an employee of The Weather Channel over it.

If you have some time, checkout the background here, If you don’t have time to read all of that listen to these three podcasts from WeatherBrains:

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Episode 12 with Alabama State Climatologist John Christy
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Romulus Crowe said...

There's too much of this 'whose fault is it' and not enough of 'what are we going to do about it' in the scientific approach to global warming. We keep on funding studies into how hot it was in the past. Who cares?

The world is warming up, and whether human action is part of that is no longer relevant. In Australia, bush fires--a natural event--contribute far more to carbon dioxide production than a host of power stations. We can't, and shouldn't, stop those bush fires. Without them, the bush could not regenerate.

So the planet is warming. The ice caps are melting. The planet changes, it always has. Sometimes it's hot, sometimes it's cold. It might be the fault of humans this time, it might not. Adapt or die out is harsh, but it's the way of things. Always has been. Ask the dinosaurs.

Firing a weatherman who disagrees with current dogma won't stop it happening. Splashing out money to study the past won't change a thing.

Personally, I've made sure to buy a house at least 80 metres above sea level. It might be a desirable seaside property in 20 years.

The planet is warming. We can blame each other, or we can do something to ensure we survive it.

I don't think it can be stopped, although I agree we can take steps not to make it worse. That's where the funding should be going, not into studies to decide who's to blame.

tom sheepandgoats said...

That makes a lot of sense, Romulus. And it's not easy to make sense in a field packed with such emotional hotheads on both sides.

And Victor, our local weatherman, Kevin Williams, a real popular guy, recently submitted a letter to the newspaper in which he weighed in as your weatherman. And was he ever maligned afterwards!