Ahhh, global warming. A friend of mine said to me yesterday at a graduation party, "It's sad, because it's our kids who will pay the price for it."
Now, Mark is a great guy. Smart and thoughtful. The perfect example of how effective the global warming hysteria has been. I didn't get into it with him at the party, mostly because I just wanted to get the heck out of there and relax. but he'll be coming around as more and more stuff like this leaks through the media filter:
Climate change will be considered a joke in five years time, meteorologist Augie Auer told the annual meeting of Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers in Ashburton this week.
Man's contribution to the greenhouse gases was so small we couldn't change the climate if we tried, he maintained.
"We're all going to survive this. It's all going to be a joke in five years," he said.
A combination of misinterpreted and misguided science, media hype, and political spin had created the current hysteria and it was time to put a stop to it.
"It is time to attack the myth of global warming," he said.
Water vapour was responsible for 95 per cent of the greenhouse effect, an effect which was vital to keep the world warm, he explained.
"If we didn't have the greenhouse effect the planet would be at minus 18 deg C but because we do have the greenhouse effect it is plus 15 deg C, all the time."
The other greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen dioxide, and various others including CFCs, contributed only five per cent of the effect, carbon dioxide being by far the greatest contributor at 3.6 per cent.
However, carbon dioxide as a result of man's activities was only 3.2 per cent of that, hence only 0.12 per cent of the greenhouse gases in total. Human-related methane, nitrogen dioxide and CFCs etc made similarly minuscule contributions to the effect: 0.066, 0.047 and 0.046 per cent respectively.
"That ought to be the end of the argument, there and then," he said. (emphasis added - THC)
Indeed. That, and we're already past the first dates for global climate disaster without any, you know, disasters. It won't stop Vice President Gore's next book, but it will make him look even sillier.