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Global Warming: Make me an offer...

The theory of man made global climate change says that human co2 emissions, in fact, are a massive and immediate threat to the earth. This theory has been taken as token fact even though temperature models that formed the theory are now almost two decades into inaccurate projections of temperatures thought to have rapidly risen by now, but have actually been stable since the year 2000.

Pretend I'm a high ranking government official and answer this for me as though you were a policy analyst:

Is it logical for governments to enact policy that is detrimental to fossil fuel industries, global economies, and the families of those workers who are literally put out of work by the government based off of the increasingly unfounded and hotly scientifically contested theory of man-made global climate change?

Keep in mind these factors:
Renewable energy does not have a cheap and efficient answer currently.

As we've seen with the Stimulus Package- government subsidized "green" start-ups end in bankruptcy.

The country is in the midst of an economic crisis.

Fossil fuel is the most cost effective and profitable energy source.

Fear is a powerful tool for politicians and businessmen alike.

Have fun kiddos!

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  • Aug 26 2013: Darlington,

    Are you serious about this point that for something to melt something has to warm?

    The term "warm" indicates a temperature change. There is no temperature change when water changes from solid water (ice) to liquid. It requires heat to change phase or state, but does not result in a temperature change.

    Your comment is the "exact kind" of ignorance that those pretending to debunk the science are banking on.
    • Aug 26 2013: Stuart,

      Ask yourself this. Does ice melt in a freezer? No, because the molecules don't speed up below freezing temp. If that comment is considered "ignorant" then the junk science perpetrated by the completely bias and political motivated IPCC is right up your ally.

      I might not be a scientist but I understand the concept of molecular state change.
      • Aug 26 2013: Good, if you understand that then you understand that ice is melting because heat has been added, yet while the ice melts we do not expect to see temperatures rise. As long as we have ice caps we are in the "Global melting" phase. Once the ice melts then we are in the "global warming" phase.
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      Sep 3 2013: If we had a temperature measuring device which indicated the "Temperature of Planet Earth" would it be trending upward (warmer), downward (colder), or constant (stable)? Also, are you saying that "Global Warming" is not an appropriate phrase for what we are experiencing currently? You propose the use of the phrase "Global Melting"?
      • Sep 4 2013: If you understand that the way to determine if we have global warming is to take the temperature of the earth then yes, it is not an appropriate phrase.

        If you take a glass of ice tea full of ice and put a thermometer in it you will not see much of a change in temperature even though heat is being added to the system. Instead what you will see is that the ice is melting. Yes, because there is poor circulation you might see a slight change in temperature, but that is really not relevant. However, once the ice melts, then the temperature of the water will quickly rise from freezing temperature to air temperature and this will continue all the way to the boiling temperature.

        What we know is that the temperature of the planet is cyclic. The trend is up, but any given year could be lower. However, that is only because of the ice caps. If we lost the ice caps then there is nothing to keep the Earth from warming up.

        However, if we call this phase of climate change "Global Melting" then people will measure it by how much ice has melted. Much clearer and less confusing. So yes, I think Global Melting is a better expression than global warming. Less confusing.

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