Climate change debate — CO₂ or Sun?
Earth’s climate is controlled by one of two things, that much can be agreed upon. Which one controls is not agreed upon. Does the level of CO₂ in the atmosphere control the climate, or does the Sun?
If it’s one or the other I think I know which one it is. There’s a great debate going one but it’s not really a scientific debate. It’s a political debate. Those who believe, or say they do, that human-caused climate change is a big problem say we must address it very soon because otherwise doomsday will come. Some within 10 years, some 12 years, some say 20 years. No matter which number of years they choose, they’ve been scaring us with these predictions for about 40 years and the climate doesn’t seem to have changed very much.
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”—Soren Kierkegaard
Climate change debate — CO₂ or Sun? The scare mongers hold with CO₂ in the atmosphere as the cause. I say it’s the Sun. I know what you’re thinking right now. Who cares what I think? What do I know? I’m no climate scientist.
I don’t think you need to be a climate scientist to have a clear understanding of the debate. Especially so since it’s a political debate and not a scientific debate.
Both sides present what appears to be scientific data for their position. The Sun side presents what looks like real data collected from ocean temperatures and atmospheric balloons that measure temperatures high in the troposphere. The CO₂ side relies more heavily on computer modeling and predictions derived from their models.
The Sun side of the debate relies more on actual data collected in the past. They don’t offer grand predictions on future climate change except to say that the past is a pretty good indication of the future. That seems to me be more scientific. It’s closer to the scientific method than predictions based on computer models that have universally been wrong.
There are more reasons to be suspicious of the CO₂ argument. It’s too convenient.
That climate change is subject to human activity is critical to the CO₂ argument. If humans have no power over it, what would be the use of changing our way of life in hopes of warding off climate disaster?
The CO₂ argument is convenient for those who support it if their goal is to control us and everything we do. That must be their goal or they wouldn’t constantly be hectoring us on our use of fossil fuels. The want us to accept life changes they have decided for us, such as the Green New Deal.
If climate change is caused by the Sun then it doesn’t matter what we do or don’t do. The “climatistas” have no power over us if it’s the Sun and not CO₂ to blame for the climate. So far, they haven’t claimed that our lifestyles are affecting the Sun.
There’s more here. The CO₂ bugs rely heavily on so-called “authorities” such as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In science, there are no authorities. There are only scientists, and they do not always agree. The closest thing to an authority in science is the rigorous application of the scientific method, which the CO₂ adherents do not follow.
Perhaps the best reason to be skeptical of the human-caused model of climate change is that there is much personal gain to be had for the CO₂ proponents. The Federal Government offers substantial grants for climate change research, but this is only for the human-caused model. If human activity has nothing to do with climate change there would be less justification for generous government subsidies to finance lucrative salaries for the CO₂ side of the debate.
If the Sun side and the CO₂ side were on an even playing field where neither side had a financial incentive over the other one, then and only then would a scientific debate be possible. Government largess guarantees the inquiry will be mostly political on the CO₂ side.
If you are inclined to go deeper, here is an excellent source: The Week That Was: 2019-08-17 (August 17, 2019) Brought to You by SEPP — The Science and Environmental Policy Project