Greenhouse "Gassiness"

The big deal in the Senate these days, besides the Mukasey hassle regarding water-boarding, is the Lieberman-Warner climate-change bill, in itself an oxymoron, since it isn’t likely that this country will change the climate, no matter how powerful the senators seem to think people – any people – are. The climate has undergone radical changes in its cycles, according to the climatologists for multi millennia, and the experts have no clue as to why, especially since they now blame industrialization while admitting that no such mechanical maniacal entity existed even a few hundred years ago.

The current act being considered in the Senate is made up of strict requirements, caps, a cap-and-trade system, reductions, carbon credits, auctions, pollution allowances, emissions, selling of futures – stuff that will demand a bureaucracy for enforcement of immense proportions, as well as goals that are mostly unattainable, not that it can be enforced in the first place. An act that simply levels fines on excessive polluters would make much better sense, and about all that would be needed is the testing equipment. Strict controls are already in place, fines are levied, and it only remains for this country to demand enforcement of existing laws and updating them as necessary. It’s probable that this nation already polices itself more than any other.

Intense pressure is placed on this nation with respect to greenhouse gases (ghg), but China, the second-heaviest purveyor of ghg, is not required to do a thing toward curbing its offering under the Kyoto treaty, since, of all things, it is accounted as a “developing” country, notwithstanding that it has developed to the point of having nuclear bombs for decades. Neither is India (also a nuclear nation) for the same reason, and the two nations together comprise 40% of the world’s population, translated as grossly heavy purveyors of ghg. The U.S. boasts only five percent of the world’s population and does exact pollution control of its movers and shakers. No report concerning India’s culpability has even been presented since 1994. Yet, French President Sarkozy lectured this country this week concerning its failure in attending to its ghg responsibilities.

According to a New York Times article of 26 August 2007, “Experts once thought China might overtake the United States as the world’s leading producer of greenhouse gases by 2010, possibly later. Now, the International Energy Agency has said China could become the emissions leader by the end of this year, and the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency said China had already passed that level.”

The U.S. is excoriated throughout the world for not adhering to the Kyoto Treaty, yet China and India, together forming by far the worst international polluting machine, are not even susceptible to establishing their own controls, much less those by any other nation or organization. This makes the panicky Senate look silly. Anything it might require would be as nothing when overridden by the ghg emitted by just China and India.

It hasn’t even been established in the scientific community that global warming is a product of activities by people. Most CO2 enters the atmosphere from the water on earth’s surface – 71% – mostly the oceans. Warming is occurring, but there is wide divergence among the experts as to why. Those who insist on current anthropogenic activity make no effort to prove how that activity either warmed or cooled the climate in the eons long past, when, according to them, there were glaring swings in the climate cycle, inducing the ice ages that were then obviously turned into water ages, or warm ages for want of a better term, and vice-versa. Was there industrialization those eons ago or were there simply so many or so few people at given times that the climate was affected by just their numbers? Or did the animals play a part, used for everything from travel to food? The animals are gone but the autos are here. Has there been some sort of trade-off?

None of this is to say that attention shouldn’t be given to possible harm done by the emitting of ghg. But claiming that the warming is primarily due to mankind is too big a stretch, and the fear that emanates from a Senate that ought to know better is intolerable, along with such claims as the oceans rising by 20-30 feet and millions of people displaced and all the rest.

It’s instructive that the film An Inconvenient Truth foisted off on the public by Al Gore, with its hair-raising predictions, has been largely debunked by the scientists remarking nine well-documented and proven lies. In England, the film can be shown in the public schools only after the students have been told that it is a political instrument, and the errors have to be pointed out. For this, Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize, something that not only didn’t have anything to do with peace, but actually was posited, at least in part, on lies. The Senate can – and should – do better.