I don’t have much familiarity with the Christian Science Monitor, except to be under the impression that it is considered fairly mainstream. I also don’t know much about and am not inclined to dig into the backgrounds of the “Live Science” writers group that Stephanie Pappas belongs to. The inexorable search for excuses why the glaciers aren’t melting after all is plenty familiar enough. And it really isn’t important to me whether ‘the sky is falling’ or not. Indeed, from the article, it seems more anecdotal than anything else. They’ve got to study this ten more years or so before they can even begin to postulate or theorize much.
I scanned the article because of course the ‘Chicken Little’ metaphor caught my eye. What prompted me to dash off this dispatch was the couple of little blurbs contained in the piece. Here’s one:
The time frame is short, but if future observations show that clouds are truly getting lower, it could have an important effect on global climate change. Clouds that are lower in the atmosphere would allow Earth to cool more efficiently, potentially offsetting some of the warming caused by greenhouse gases.
You see, the Global Warming enthusiasts refuse to give up. Even in the face of Climategate, even in the face of statements and positions articulated by growing numbers of scientists that it is all a bunch of bunk. Even in the face of the pronouncement from the center of all the Climategate scandal, the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit, that there hasn’t been any warming for fifteen years, the faithful are still trying to “hide the decline”, or rationalize away actual temperature readings that show the globe is cooling, not warming.
Here’s another little blurb:
…..factors such as height and location make a big difference in whether clouds will slow the effects of global warming or exacerbate them. And no one fully understands how clouds will respond to a warming climate.
Devoutly, they bitterly cling to the Global Warming thing like a..religion, not a science, because the science isn’t there. It never was. Far from being “settled”, the science was cooked up. Do the people at CS Monitor think this is the only place we get our information? No, its just that they don’t care; they are true believers. Well, at least their ‘living scientist’, Stephanie, seems enrapt. Maybe there is something about this ..Christian Science as Climate Science…I should dig into. No, if that’s what they want to believe, they surely are welcome to. But after a while, the excuses and the rationalizations and the bitter clinging sound a little wacky. They are grasping at straws.
Now they’re even speculating on the clouds, those little puffy things that float around the earth, as being devils that seek to stymie their hallowed Global Warming. They don’t know how – they have to look at them some more, from some more angles, and get to the bottom of the mystery.
Ephemeral as they are, they’re difficult to track over time….
Clouds are a wildcard in understanding Earth’s climate…..
…..no one fully understands how clouds will respond to a warming climate.
Ah, yes – ephemeral. That’s pretty scientific. But as far as tracking, I think with radar and satellite imagery, the meteorologists have pretty much got that handled. And clouds as a wildcard in understanding climate? Most third graders know that cloudy climes are wet and non-cloudy climes are dry. This is really kind of embarassing.
And what’s really embarassing is that last one, where they say that no one fully understands how clouds will respond to a warming climate. Excuse me? I thought the science was settled? I thought that because Global Warming was such an undeniable, evil truth, that great huge clouds called hurricanes were going to be an omnipresent scourge post- 2005?
For me, I choose to cling to the old Judy Collins standard concerning clouds, and not bitterly, either.
Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way
But now they only block the sun they rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done, but clouds got in my way
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all
“Both Sides Now” – Judy Collins