Good old Gribbit is at it again, railing against the idea of climate change and invoking his obligatory far-less-than-clever insults (e.g., “Church of Global Warming Idiots”).
One thing you notice about these scientifically illiterate, anger-driven ideologues–none of whom have any inherent issue with the idea of global warming, hating it only because they view it as a wholly liberal cause–is that when they’re not referencing pseudoscience or long-debunked myths, they’re arguing from the simple position of “Because I say so.”
I mean this (almost) literally. Check out this post (Gribbit has blocked incoming links from this site because he doesn’t want to know when he’s being lit up again, so you’ll have to right-click, copy, and paste into your address bar rather than click directly). Look how many times Gribbit tries to bolster his case with hollow bluster: He’s got an “All I’ve claimed is that man had very little to do with [global warming],” an “I assert that man’s contribution is insignificant,” and several other statements that reference nothing more than a personal belief system.
As is almost always the case with morons, the article Gribbit links to doesn’t say what Gribbit thinks it does. The researchers who did the study it references are not claiming that anthropogenic climate change is nonexistent; the study is nothing more than an effort to determine natural cycles. Like too many simpletons, Gribbit sees no shades of gray in anything. So he sees climate change as being all-human generated or all-naturally occurring–and hilariously, posits that Al Gore and climate scientists do as well.
Gribbit and others typically mention what a small fraction of the atmosphere actually consists of carbon dioxide by way of “proving” that carbon dioxide introduced into the atmosphere by human industry can’t possibly make a difference, to wit:
CO2 is a minority greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. THE MOST ABUNDANT GREENHOUSE GAS IN THE EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE IS WATER VAPOR. But I don’t hear Gore or any of his minions suggesting the asinine idea of draining the world’s oceans.
Never mind the fact that it’s added CO2, not the total amount, that is believed to have an impact. My body consists of about 45 kilograms of water, but I bet that if I ingested one one-billionth that amount of botulinum toxin or plutonium, it would disrupt my internal homeostasis more than a couple more kilograms of water would. That’s a less-than-perfect analogy, but hearkens to the fact that not all chemicals–even those labeled “greenhouse gases”–are created equal in terms of their net effect on their environment. Anyway, a genuine debunking of this meme is here.
Then there’s this stubborn canard:
Seeing how the earth has failed to warm since 1997, their statement about the shift occurring about the year 2000 seems to confirm what we’ve been saying.
The whole idea that the planet has been cooling since 1997 (actually, 1998 is the year normally used) is another crock. 1998 was an El Nino year, and is the warmest on record. But the fact remains that the planet as a whole has continued to warm. Of course, you can trust Gribbit’s word over that of New Scientist if you like.
Watching people who have no understanding at all of earth science–and no interest in an honest understanding–try to argue against climate change is really no different than watching a six-year-old jeer at the girls in his kindergarten class because they have “cooties.” In other words, it’s so unsophisticated it is almost quaint. although when adults are the ones doing the jabbering it’s mostly pathetic, and annoying.