It has begun. The global warmists are swarming around Harvey and Irma like sharks in a feeding frenzy attempting to link these storms to global warming, aka climate change. One article I read said that “denying climate science is literally killing us.” Another writer called for jailing “climate deniers” because they are guilty of crimes against humanity. What is missing in all of their hype is evidence. They do not have a shred of evidence linking the existence, the size, or strength of these storms to CO2 or global warming of any kind. All they have are assumptions that if it is severe weather and destructive, it must be due to human-caused climate change. They have bought into the story that CO2 emitted by humans controls everything about weather and climate. Thinking that we can control weather or climate by simply controlling CO2 is madness.
Lets put this into perspective. There are hundreds of factors that contribute to weather and ultimately climate, because climate is the average weather for a given area. Such factors are the rotation of the earth around its axis, the tilt of the axis, the rotation around the sun, solar activity itself, the pull of the moon, vegetation, topography, and many more. To hear the pundits like Al Gore speak, you would get the impression that CO2 is blanketing the earth like a thick layer of ooze. But the reality is that CO2 is only four hundredths of one percent of the atmosphere. To visualize this to get an idea of the relative amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, consider 10,000 tennis balls are on your living room floor. These 10,000 tennis balls represent the entire atmosphere of the earth. How many of those balls would represent the amount of CO2? The answer is four. CO2 is only 4/10,000 of our atmosphere. Now lets apply this little bit of information to what the warmists want you to believe.
In theory, the sun’s rays warm the Earth and the Earth’s heat is radiated back to space where it hits molecules of CO2 and is re-radiated back to Earth to warm it some more. This much is true. But how much additional warming can be realized when CO2 is only 4/10,000 of the atmosphere? Very little. So little as to be insignificant.
The warmists also want you to believe CO2 traps heated air next to the earth, much like air is trapped in a hot car. There are several problems here. A car is enclosed with impermeable glass and steel. Open the windows or remove the top and what happens? The hot air escapes. The atmosphere and CO2 will not keep the hot air inside the car. CO2 is a gas and cannot trap anything. How much trapping can be done when it is 4/10,000ths of the atmosphere? Again, very little or none. It would be like trying to trap butterflies using a net made of hula hoops tied together.
Another visual is helpful. Consider a thermos bottle with its mirrored lining designed to keep liquids warm. Pour boiling water into the thermos and put the stopper on. Wait 24 hours and check the liquid. Will it be hotter than when you put it in the thermos? No. It will have cooled considerably. The reflective surface of the liner did not cause reheating by reflecting the heat back into the liquid. And, there is more of that reflective surface relative to the thermos than there is CO2 relative to the Earth’s surface.