Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fred Thompson - "Plutonic Warming"

I'm going to quote this in it's entirety, courtesy of the National Review (audio can be found here)...

"Some people think that our planet is suffering from a fever. Now scientists are telling us that Mars is experiencing its own planetary warming: Martian warming. It seems scientists have noticed recently that quite a few planets in our solar system seem to be heating up a bit, including Pluto.

NASA says the Martian South Pole's ice cap has been shrinking for three summers in a row. Maybe Mars got its fever from earth. If so, I guess Jupiter's caught the same cold, because it's warming up too, like Pluto.

This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non-signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air-conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle.

Silly, I know, but I wonder what all those planets, dwarf planets and moons in our SOLAR system have in common. Hmmmm. SOLAR system. Hmmmm. Solar? I wonder. Nah, I guess we shouldn't even be talking about this. The science is absolutely decided. There's a consensus.

Ask Galileo."

Now, before people get in a big huff about this, Thompson's point is simple...there is a lot of evidence that global warming trends are taking place elsewhere in our solar system, but the Al Gores of the world will tell you that NOBODY believes in this science...even though it is fact that these warming trends on other planets is absolutely happening.

As I said before, we need to have a lot of discussion and comparison of data before we can say that "there is a consensus" that global warming on Earth is humanity's fault and we are solely to blame for it. Too many scientists are finding other reasons for global warming, and we shouldn't deny them just because we'd rather stick our heads in the sand.


Mad Hatter said...

Modern science rejects dissent, no matter how credible the evidence.

Jeez, write something on DWJ occasionally.

Anonymous said...

okay, let's just suppose for a moment that humans have nothing to do with Earth's warming.

we still have problems with air quality and depletion of nutrition and water quality in a variety of ecosystems, which in one way or another is affecting our lives in a negative way.

should we cease researching ways to better these areas to improve our quality of life?
there are many diseases that exist that aren't caused by humans, but out of a desire to improve our lives we fund research to understand these diseases in hopes of a cure.

in the end, it's not really the point to argue whether or not is ONLY our fault. it's happening!
it doesn't matter if we're causing it, what matters is what we do about it.