Some Years Ago

WHEN I FIRST started to wonder about the whole catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW) hysteria-hoax, the first question I asked was, “What is the temperature of the planet?” Sort of like Johnny Carson’s old running joke, “How cold is it, Doc?”

More, I wanted to know — fer realsies — how much the planet really did warm up and over what period of time.

Seems like a reasonable question, nest paw?

You know what? I still don’t know. I bet you don’t either. But at least I know where to find out, how the measurements were made, and how accurate they really are — fer realsies.

So here lately, I been hearing warmiasts talking about the atmosphere’s being “super-saturated with greenhouse gases.”

Er, yeah. So much so that it some of it even precipitates out on occasion. We here on this planet call it “rain.”


But it occurs to me to wonder: just what is the CO2 level in the atmosphere? How much has it really increased over time? And those answers I know, because I’ve been paying attention. But I bet you don’t. Not if you get your information from the New York Times. Or James Hansen.

Here’s a satellite map. This is the first time in history, this data has been recorded to such a high resolution and collated. You will notice a few things. Such as, although there look to be high-level concentrations over some human population centers, for others, not so much, really. Nor “downwind” from them, either. Hmmm. Also, though the claim is that you’ll get 1 degree per century of warming with a doubling of CO2, and that pre-industrial concentrations were 280ppmv, the scale tops out at far less than the 560 ppmv a doubling would require, and that that is over a timeline of approximately 250 years’ duration. Which would imply a CO2-caused warming of less than — FAR less than — a degree per century.

Measured with thermometers accurate to +/- .5 degrees. Oh, yeah.

Also, please to note that, although it is claimed that current global average CO2 is 380ppm, it appears that there are vast swathes of the globe (the polar regions being vastly under-represented in this particular projection) where levels are far below that.

And we need to define the term “super-saturated” with respect to greenhouse gases — seriously. I mean, I get something like this: To cause a solution to have more solute dissolved in it than it can stably contain at current conditions. Which implies what I said above — the solute would precipitate out at the first available opportunity, and you wouldn’t have to do anything about it. If that’s the case, what’s the problem? And then again, given that prehistoric levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have been many multiples of current levels, at what point does that super-saturation occur?

Of course, I know the warmiasts are just spewing bullshit. But you need to beware of it. And don’t let them get away with it.

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