10 Reasons Not To Freak Out About Climate Change

  • Climate change is a natural phenomenon. The earth has been subject to many extreme changes in climate, including warmer and colder periods. Changes in solar (the sun) actively are believed to account for many of these past changes. Many scientists also believe there is currently a correlation between human activity ie;  increased carbon emissions from the use of fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, coal) and a mild rise in temperature, but the correlation is not clear.
  • The carbon in the atmosphere is currently at approximately 400 parts per million. There have been periods in history where the number was much higher, even before the use of fossil fuels.
  • Since the year 1880 the average global temperature (which is not easy to measure with precision) has risen mildly (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit). And sea levels have risen approximately 1 foot. If these trends continue (which we don’t know if they will) it still won’t be a major problem 100 years from now.
  • Increased carbon in the atmosphere has been making the earth greener. It’s helping crop yields, removing pollutants from the air, and making the earth more habitable for wildlife.
  • Innovative scientists and entrepreneurs have been working on ways to replace fossil fuels with alternative “green” energy sources. They are continuing to make progress and the cost (which is currently much higher than fossil fuels) is coming down and will likely continue to do so as technology advances.
  • Innovative scientists have been experimenting with ways to counter-act the effects of global warming. Eventually, scientists will likely find a reliable and cost-effective way to help reduce the earth’s temperature in the event that it gets too hot.
  • The mainstream media and climate change alarmists make the changes in climate sound much more certain and extreme than they really are. The hysteria is so extreme that alternative, including more moderate and balanced views, are vehemently attacked. And proponents of those views are persecuted.
  • In the 1970’s, climate scientists were convinced that we were entering a new ice age.
  • Thousands of scientists, including climate scientists and scientists that have assisted the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) have disputed many of the key claims made by their colleagues on the certainty and severity of  global warming and climate change as a result of burning fossil fuels.
  • Historically, warnings of extreme dangers, such as nuclear holocausts, global famine & disease, acid rain, Y2K, etc, have proven to be exaggerated. History is on our side, and we have a lot of smart people working on this issue, we’ll figure this thing out and be fine in the long-run. In the mean time lets not freak out.

Sources

Cool It! (documentary)

Freeman Dyson on the Global Warming Hysteria (interview)

The Deniers: The World Renown Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria (book)

Fossil Fuels are not finished, not obsolete, not a bad thing (article)