This is too good! I must share this. I wanted to figure out how much energy hits the earth each day from the Sun, and compare that to how much energy humans produce, to see if they were close, so we could really try to understand whether humans are having an influence on “Global climate”. Turns out, it’s already been done.
Summary of it is:
“With these assumptions, figuring out how much solar energy hits the entire planet is relatively simple. 12.2 trillion watt-hours converts to 12,211 gigawatt-hours, and based on 8,760 hours per year, and 197 million square miles of earth’s surface (including the oceans), the earth receives about 274 million gigawatt-years of solar energy, which translates to an astonishing 8.2 million “quads” of Btu energy per year.
“In case you haven’t heard, a “quad Btu” refers to one quadrillion British Thermal Units of energy, a common term used by energy economists. The entire human race currently uses about 400 quads of energy (in all forms) per year. Put another way, the solar energy hitting the earth exceeds the total energy consumed by humanity by a factor of over 20,000 times.”
Whoa! 20,000 times as much energy from the Sun hits the earth – every single day! Even if that were off by a factor of 10, the amount of energy produced by humans is still less than 0.1% of the total that hits the earth each day from the Sun!
Have a nice day Al Gore!
I wrote this last year to combat what I feel is “Bad Science” as well as political pressure to silence opposition to the so-called “Human Caused Global Warming” theories. The MSM has gotten so bad, they call it a “Fact” now and won’t allow open and honest debate any longer.
What has changed is the fact that recently (in the past few weeks) we passed the threshold at which the HCGW apologists said would cause “Global catastrophe” in that the polar ice caps would melt, and the oceans would be rising so fast we’d not be able to keep up with it. That level was 400ppm CO2 in the atmosphere. We are now over that limit, and I did an analysis of the polar ice extent on 5/11 and found that the total of south polar and north polar ice extents is 3% above normal or “Average”.
We are not, therefore, in some sort of “Global catastrophe” nor are we seeing any of the predicted results. The only conclusion is either they were lying, or they were lying. They were either lying on purpose mind you, or unintentionally, due to their “Bad Science”. I tend to think it’s a little of both. Al Gore, who is not a scientist, predicted all this so-called disaster and won a Nobel Prize for his work. I just don’t get it, he was so wrong as to be totally wrong, since, if your theory doesn’t yield the predicted results, then it’s a bad theory.
Two years running, we had very cold winters in the United States, and we had over 90% ice coverage in the Great Lakes one year (2013) and near 90% the next year, and at one point I measured the total polar ice extent (as I did above, using measurements of ice extent from NOAA’s NSIDC.org lab, the National Snow and Ice Data Center) and found we were like 8% above normal! This is insanity folks! The fact they are still jerking us around with something that has clearly been proven WRONG! This year, the Weather Channel at first (about 2 weeks ago) came out and predicted we were going to have a “Record” number of heat waves. A couple days ago, they reversed that and said we’re going to have an unseasonably cool summer throughout most of the United States.
My point is, that all the evidence supports the articles I have linked below that say CO2 actually has little to do with “Climate” and that the sun is the major contributing factor, and that we are in a COOLING trend in solar cycles.
No thinking person would deny that Climate Change is real. Of course it’s variable! The debate is whether it is caused by man’s activities.
Read this (and the linked articles):
Then come back and we can have a discussion about ways to really “Shepherd” our planet and take care of it. If all we’re interested in doing is saving cities, then your focus is too narrow. If you’re interested in reversing the trend towards deforestation of our planet, loss of precious rainforests and even temperate forests, if you want to see us start simply doing a better job at not making such a mess of our world, then you can invest in strategies that will help heal our land.
I recommend things like:
And for “Interesting” ideas about how the EPA in the United States is actually causing more global disasters than they are saving:
All I’m saying is that the liberals think they have some sort of monopoly on “Scientific” thought, when in reality, most of their arguments are FUD oriented, and are backed with very little in the way of real science (theories that can be tested and proven over and over). What I’m saying is “True conservatism” is founded upon conservationism, or shepherding resources. There will always be the greedy and those who would simply do anything for profits, to line their pockets with the wealth raped from either the environment or the poor. A “Balanced” solution to all these things takes all of that into account, and seeks to provide resources at reasonable cost to those who consume them while providing justice and equitable share in profits to those who live in places where resources come from. In addition, in light of our environment and trying to shepherd it properly and take care of it for our grandchildren, we must be reasonable about how we go about doing these things.
Some people say “Fracking in California” is a bad thing. Well guess what, if we don’t, we may just be pushing oil production problems off on Third World countries where they have no EPA and we are actually causing ecological disasters that are many times worse than if we had simply bit the bullet and learned how to do it safely and wisely here in our own back yard.
The UN talks a lot about “Doing something.” The one organization above, Eden Reforestation Project, actually plants trees for $0.10 each. That’s right! Every $10 you invest there plants 100 trees! And those are in places already in disaster mode, where the damage is mostly already done. But you know what? After about 7 years of growth, the trees in Ethiopia have started to be large enough to make a difference. The people said: “The rivers are flowing again – year round! And the animals are returning!” With good teaching, and strong leadership, we can change our world and make it a better place. The only thing the US has done in terms of leadership for the past 50 years or so is to push the problem into somebody else’s back yard. That’s not real leadership, that’s just irresponsibility.