13 September 2009

Why I Don't Buy Into Anthropogenic Global Warming:

Reposted from MySpace.com.

It is almost July and I saw a girl in ShopRite wearing a coat. A coat. Why? Because it has been cold up here, for some reason.

It has recently come to my attention that any change in the weather is no longer called "Global Warming" (mainly because it isn't all that warm); rather, we now call it Global Climate Change.

whatever. I still don't think it is caused by humans. (And neither does the Wall Street Journal.)

I am a professional historian. I am not a scientist, and while I took plenty of science classes, I'm not qualified to speak on that subject.

The following are only historical facts, from which you may draw your own conclusions.

  • Fact: The weather has been scientifically monitored in the United States for less than 150 years.
  • Fact: The earth is a lot older than 150 years. Granted, England has been keeping records for a little over 300 years, and claimed that 2007 was the warmest year on their records… but it shattered the previous record from 1865. So 2006 wasn't as warm as 1865? I'll let you figure out why that's funny.
  • Fact: When Vikings landed around modern Newfoundland in Canada (which we know from archaeological evidence), they called the area Vinland for all the wild grape vines. There is a reputable source that refutes the claim that this may be used to indicate a "medieval warm period" because there isn't enough information to come up with a scientific measurement of the earth's temperatures. However, the very fact that they admit there isn't enough data discounts their own conclusions, and leads any historian to arrive at the same conclusion they always have – there was a time of warmer temperatures, which we glean from the written documents of the day. No, no one sat down and wrote, Today in the Holy Roman Empire it is 62 degrees with a northwesterly wind. But they did write about events (such as finding grapes) that were directly affected by the climate.
  • Fact: Grapes do not grow in Newfoundland, Canada, today due to the cold. There are those who cite the Domesday Book's (1087 C.E.) indications of several active vineyards throughout England as evidence that England had a warmer clime than centuries later when wine making was virtually nonexistent. To be fair, that conclusion can't really be drawn because other factors (like those pesky plagues, for instance) possibly contributed to the lack of English production. But there's always the argument that Greenland used to be green
  • Fact: The earth was warm during the early Middle Ages, but a small climatic cooling change resulting in crop failure created a starving European populace ripe for the plague. This is an easily verifiable source, but I'll give you an excellent book where I first read about it. Norman F. Cantor, In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death the World It Made, 2002.

  • Fact: Dinosaurs once lived in Antarctica. Antarctica has sat at roughly the same latitude for the past 100 million years. However, during the Cretaceous Period (144 million – 65 million years B.P.), it was "warm and lush" with dinosaurs running about. Again, I'm no scientist, but I associate neither "warm" nor "lush" with snow.
  • Fact: After the 2004 hurricane season in Florida (at which point I lived in St. Augustine), everyone said that 2005 would be worse. Well, it's 2009 and when was the last major hurricane?
I hope my liberal friends do not think that I like the idea of pollution, or that I don't think we have any impact on our environment. This is not the case at all. We should focus on renewable resources. We should concern ourselves with the pollution of our waters, the high mercury levels of seafood, and the poor quality of our cities' air. But when it comes to whether or not I'm going to be wearing shorts in Antarctica, I really think we should scale back the hysteria and look at the big picture… a picture much larger than the past 150 years.


  1. Ha, Anthropomorphic. I'd also agree with the belief that Global Warming isn't human-like in its characterists. Anthropogenic Global Warming on the other hand; now that's a different story. If you can't even deal with big words then I doubt you can grasp big concepts like Global Warming...

  2. Ah - fair enough. I got the term from several sites, but one in particular was the Sacremento News Review, 15 Oct 2009, "Some Like It Hot." I'll make the correction ASAP.