Monday, July 18, 2011

EPA Launches Website to Mislead Kids About Climate Change

If you believe this EPA kid's climate change website, the science of climate change is completely settled. Hopefully, the kids have better critical thinking skills than the buffoons at EPA. Here is a screen capture of their chart of rising ocean temperatures from 1880 to present.
Here is what the EPS site has to say about ocean temperatures and rising ocean levels. (accent is mine)

Why does it matter?

Warmer oceans affect weather patterns, cause more powerful tropical storms, and can impact many kinds of sea life, such as corals and fish. Warmer oceans are also one of the main causes of rising sea level.
Here is their graph of rising ocean levels over a similar time period which is posted on a separate page.

 You don't have to be a scientist or even an adult to see there isn't a direct correlation between the two charts. Ocean temperatures got cooler from 1880 to 1910, but sea levels kept on rising. The sea level rise is very linear and does not appear to be significantly increasing as global temperatures reportedly are.

Also, EPA completely rules out the sun as a possible cause of global warming with the misleading claim the global warming can't be related to the sun because the sun has been getting cooler in the last few decades.

The factor that would have an effect on global temperatures is the total solar irradiance (TSI). NASA has recognized total solar irradiance has been increasing.(accent is mine)

Solar Variation and Climate Change As we discussed in Part II, our Sun undergoes a natural periodic change in solar energy output. This change, called the solar cycle, is predictable and the entire period of fluctuation is about 11 years. But new research indicates that the overall radiation that the Sun emits has increased by 0.05 percent per decade since the late 1970s. Richard Willson, a Columbia-affiliated researcher and Principal Investigator of NASA’s ACRIM experiments, has pieced together six overlapping satellite experiments that monitored total solar irradiance (TSI). Willson thinks that the 0.05 percent increase could cause “significant climate change” if it were sustained over many decades. In a press release from the Earth Institute at Columbia University Willson noted that “Historical records of solar activity indicate that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century.” If this is true, then 20th century warming trends reported by the IPCC (noted above) might be due in part to increases in longer-term solar energy output.
A Historical Perspective on Solar Variation

During the period of the 15th to 18th centuries, the Earth entered a cooling period that has been dubbed the Little Ice Age. During this time, global temperatures were much lower than that are today. The effects of temperature drops were noticeable: glaciers in the Alps advanced, access to Greenland was largely cut off by ice, and canals in Holland routinely froze solid (see image to right).
During a normal solar cycle, the number of sunspots varies with solar minimum and maximum. In the coldest part of the Little Ice Age (about 1645 to 1715) there was very low sunspot activity observed. Scientists now dub this decrease of solar output as the Maunder Minimum. NASA climate models indicate that low solar activity could have changed atmospheric circulation patterns on Earth, thus affecting global weather. The Maunder Minimum and the Little Ice Age stand out as a prominent example of how change in solar activity can affect global temperature.
Also, Mars seems to be getting warmer during the same time period Earth is heating up. Of course that could be coincidental or due to another reason, but the idea global warming is greatly affected by solar activity can not be lightly dismissed. The EPA site is riddled with other misleading information if you want to take a look. These are the same EPA buffoons who are currently in the process of regulating CO2 emissions and raising your energy costs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are clearly a far bigger buffoon...