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Global Warming?

by Neville Goedhals

I almost choked on my morning coffee. Bold headlines screamed Mars Temperature Increasing! I mean, it’s bad enough that we don’t look after our planet, but those bloody Martians ...

There they are, all these green people (with antenna sticking out of their scalps, going “meep, meep”) driving around in gas guzzling SUVs, ruining the ecology of their planet. How dare they! Probably leaving their home lights on and not recycling their garbage.

I mean it couldn’t result from anything else, could it? (Rhetorical question) After all, as the fear mongers point out, it’s us (mankind) causing the rising temperatures here on Earth. And now we have Solar System Warming! It’s enough to get me digging that disaster shelter I’ve always wanted (The problem is that I always hit water three feet down. That’s Florida for you).

Six weeks passed, and today I was drawn into a heated debate about global warming. I decided to retrieve the CNN article, and guess what ... I can’t find the Mars article on cnn.com. It’s like it never happened. Numerous blogs have referenced it, so where did it go? Into the wastebasket of inconvenient ideas?

Very well, some background. I’m related to a few scientists; helped some on expeditions, assisted in data analysis, taken core samples etc. In particular I recall diving for samples on a reef, five miles offshore and thirty feet down, that had grown on top of an old dune. In geological terms it was a recent formation. It made me realize that the Earth was in a constant state of flux, and that having the sea level rise a foot or so was the least of our worries.

Just think of it. The sea level rose thirty feet without any assistance from gas guzzling SUVs. Doesn’t that say anything? Off course not. Most of us would rather believe a chubby film director than think for ourselves, let alone listen to scientists with actual data.

In searching for the CNN article I came across a National Geographic piece (meant to be a scientific journal) that reported on the findings of Habibullo Abdussamatov (Head of space research at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia). The gist of the article was: “By studying fluctuations in the warmth of the sun, Abdussamatov believes he can see a pattern that fits with the ups and downs in climate we see on Earth and Mars.”


The article further states: “Abdussamatov's work, however, has not been well received by other climate scientists.” Well of course not, they want to keep their grants. Even the National Geographic uses the words, “according to one scientist's controversial theory.” Why should it be controversial? No counter-theory or reason was given, which likely means that it didn’t fit in to the more popular, fear mongering belief, that it’s SUVs on Earth and Mars that cause Solar System warming.

This leads to the following epiphany:

The popular (fear mongering) scientists expect us (mankind) to keep the Earth in a perfect state of equilibrium, a state that it has never enjoyed in 4.5 billion years. Do we now think that we’re gods?

Damn but we’re vainglorious!