In reference to Dwain Walden’s column titled, “But what if we’re wrong?”
Global warming is a danger to my warm heart. While in the state Senate, I often consulted with my political friend Coo Coo Harry when I needed straight talk. He had the ability to cut to the chase.
So I asked him about global warming. He said I should be careful because there were so many variables it could make me appear eccentric. He said one could arrange the variables to arrive at any preconceived point.
He said you should consider at one time glaciers covered the poles and took up a lot of water. For some reason they started to melt and flooded the earth. All of Florida and parts of Georgia, including Ellenton and China Grove, were under water.
This happened well before the Model T. A billion years ago, last August. None of Al Gore’s elite scientists have offered a reason for this warming. But reading his book one is led to believe that the complicated dynamic interaction resulting from dinosaur flatulence was part of it.
Later, there was a general cooling of the climate between 1150 and 1460 and a very cold climate between 1560 and 1850 resulted in the Little Ice Age. Turnips would not grow in Poland. The reason for the cooling was attributed to witches and some got burned at the stake, he explained.
It worked, the earth warmed up again and turnips grew in Poland again. This was before the Model A. This period of warming caused the polar ice cap to melt and in 1903-1906 Ronald Amundsen sailed the Northwest Passage in a sailing ship. The the polar ice cap froze again.
Satellite images show that rapid Arctic ice loss has cleared a shortcut between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans similar to the one existing in 1906. Now the witch hunters are back at their stations looking for a villain.
In 1942, a squadron of new aircraft was on its way from Presque Isle, Maine. to Labrador, Greenland, Iceland and Scotland. When the recovery of these planes was started in the 1980s, it was discovered that they had been covered with 250 feet of ice. this build up of ice happened during the time of the Ford V8 while the effect of man was at an extreme usage of fossil fuels.
The Golden Gate Bridge was finished in 1937. The clearance to the water was 220 feet at mean high water. Measurements at the weather station at the bottom of the bridge show very little change in the distance from 1937 to 2007. This would indicate very little overall loss of polar glacier water, he said.
Coo Coo still had not convinced me that the earth was not warming. I asked for a more simple explanation. He says that he could spit in the ocean and claim that he increased the volume of that body of water, but could not sustain an argument that the change in the level could be calculated.
He contends that the earth itself is a heated body, and a certain temperature would exist at its surface regardless of any of man’s actions. The core is believed to be at a temperature of up to 13,000 degrees Farhenheit. The sun convects heat on a daily basis. Earthquakes spew contaminants. The earth sails through an atmosphere of solar temperature of minus 49 degrees Fahrenheit at 30,000 feet. The contention that the movement through this atmosphere and the possibility that slight changes wrought by activities of man would affect the billions of miles of atmosphere at a minus 49 degrees fahrenheit any more than spitting into the ocean would raise its level defies credibility.
Think of climate change as the syrup and biscuit effect, he said. They are never going to equalize. You’ve either got too little syrup and too much biscuit, or the opposite.
He said not to worry about warming. If it warms, you can grow citrus in South Georgia. And don’t worry about the flooding. It only affects the coastlines and waterfront property and the rich sob’s already hold all that.
In an emergency, can rescue teams quickly find you?
For the most part, we haven’t had any severe winter weather here yet. And winter doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21.
But we can expect some cooler temperatures and they often bring some tragedies in the form of house fires.
A great community
A few weeks ago my family and friends had a fund drive for me. I would like to thank everyone that had a part in The Day For Duke. Words can’t describe how I felt that day and still do!
- Rant and Rave for 12/11/13
One might find great resolve in Mandela’s life
There’s a scripture in the Bible that says “A soft answer turneth away wrath.”
Whenever we think of Nelson Mandela, that verse should come to mind. Many would say he epitomizes that notion even though in his younger days he might have exuded much more spit and vinegar in pursuing a cause.
- Rant and Rave for 12/10/13
It’s true: Objects are closer than they appear
You know that little warning on your rearview mirror that says, “Objects are closer than they appear.” Well, it’s true.
- Rant and Rave for 12/06/13
How did those lame names happen?
I’ve often wondered what process is used to determine the mascot name for a football team. Is there a committee formed to do this? Is it thrown out to the public in the form of a contest to come up with a moniker? Were two drunks in a bar involved?
- Rant and Rave for 12/05/13
In retrospect, tragedy seemingly gains new light
It’s often said that hindsight is 20-20. Many of us have instances in our lives where that thought would have application.
Now comes the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. As you recall, Zimmerman, described by some as a cop wannabe who couldn’t make the grade, killed young Martin. The jury acquitted Zimmerman of homicide charges. Many felt the prosecution was weak.
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