Posts related to the history and probable near future of our ever-changing global climate, including
- Where we’ve been – “We don’t have a climate emergency, we have a history emergency…” (Joanne Nova) – as evidenced by the Geologic Record as best we can reconstruct it, as well as the instrumental record and selected documented anecdotal evidence.
- Where We’re Going – Most Likely Astray! – Likely near term (next century or two) possible paths and consequences, both positive and negative.
I was first introduced to the concept of Climate Change in the Summer of 1965 between my Junior and Senior years of High School when I was fortunate enough to be selected for a National Science Foundation Summer School in Geology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
That Summer, I was introduced to a whole wonderful world that I’d never realized existed, controlled by powers I’d only vaguely experienced (like the great 9.2 Magnitude Good Friday, 1964 Valdez Alaska earthquake I’d experienced the year before, albeit from about 1350 miles distant, that still caused significant damage to Renton (Washington) High School as I sat in Mr. McCormack’s Junior Algebra Class.
That short 6-week course presented by Dr. J. Stuart Lowther and a trio of his undergraduate assistants took advantage of the Washington State opportunities to view Geology in Action, from the obvious remnants of the most recent glacial maximum (Puget Sound itself and the glacial till that comprises much of the lowland Puget Sound Area) receding as late as a mere 10K years ago, to the mighty volcanics of Mount Rainier and the Cascade/Sierra Nevada Volcano chain, to the eroding beaches of Tokeland on the Pacific Coast, with its asphalt road to a long-disappeared light house jaggedly and abruptly cut off by surf and sand.
The course culminated in a wonderful 2-week field trip to the beautiful Methow Valley, where we bunked on a ranch near Winthrop in the heart of a spectacular U-shaped valley carved by glacier, and gathered warm-water sea fossils from the pillared sandstone and conglomerates of Pipestone Canyon, and another group of ocean fossils from a much earlier time in the high mountains of the North Cascade Crest Trail, sleeping under the stars near Slate Peak.
This introductory course led me to audit Dr. Lowther’s Geology 101 and 102 evening courses during my Senior Year at Auburn High School, and I enrolled as a Geology Major at UPS in the Autumn of 1966.
Although life cut my career in Geology off before it ever really got started, the 2+ years of education was enough to give me an appreciation of the fact that our climate has been doing nothing but changing for billions of years and none of the changes that we’ve seen in the last half-century have been outside the scope of natural changes.
Back in @ 2005, while working at a prominent digital image company in downtown Seattle, I was first introduced (quite accidently!) to the concept of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming – CAGW – (now referred to generically as “Climate Change”). I was mystified. Have these folks not ever looked at the geologic record? We’ve been in an Ice Age for the past 2.5-3 million years, with recurring long periods of glaciation interspersed with short interglacials that have all been warmer than today. And it’s been cooling in anticipation of the next glacial onset for the past 8K years.
And then it got even worse the next year with release of Al Gore’s infamous “Inconvenient Truth” (which was so inconveniently untruthful that British Courts had to order their school systems modify the way it was being presented to the gullible youth of that time. Little good that did!).
CAGW? Excuse Me? Carbon Footprint? Are you serious? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of in my entire life!
And since then, having seen the outlandish, nonsensical claims of disaster, and looked at the idiotic, ineffective trillion dollar “solutions” that will have zero statistically significant effect on global temperatures but will drive our economy off the rails and enable our major international competitors, China, India, and Russia, to leave the West languishing in an ever degrading socialist miasma, I’ve realized it’s not about climate change at all.
Since the days of Maurice Strong and The Club of Rome, it’s always been about a new global government dominated by unaccountable bureaucrats over whom we have no control, and about forced transfer of wealth and power to the omniscient administrators. And that has been confirmed by perpetrators, at all levels, from a vocal Socialist Congresswoman’s former campaign manager, through current and former members of our Senate (Wirth and Markey, as significant examples) to members of the United Nations Bureacracy at the highest levels.
It never has been about Climate Change, it has always been about control. The ephemeral “existential threat” has only been a tool of fear to assist in the usurpation of the power of the people, and destruction of our western civilization and way of life.
No thank you! I’ll do my small bit to try to educate any I can about the travesty being foisted upon us.