Dr. Wolfgang Thune is a highly reputed German meteorologist with a background (so I gather) in academia as well as in broadcasting. He has published several articles and books exploding the absurd claims of the “climate change” cult. I have read a few of these through links posted at Peter Helmes’ site, Die Deutsche Konservativen. Now, neither my German nor my scientific training is sufficient to qualify me as more than a very clumsy reader of the Doctor’s work… but the modicum of it seemingly within my reach is quite thought-provoking. I’ve just finished wading through an interview whose subject is, naturally, climate-change hysteria. It’s posted at the Helmes site, if you think your German is up to the task.
A few tidbits that came in low enough to hit me between the eyes: carbon dioxide is a mere .038% of Earth’s atmosphere; and of that minuscule amount, 96% is naturally produced.
Plants need carbon dioxide to perform photosynthesis (yeah… I knew that!); so if we’re concerned about our CO2 levels, why don’t we plant more trees? Why should we instead engage in CO2-suppressing crusades that will suffocate the planet’s vegetal inhabitants?
Earth is NOT analogous to a greenhouse. She doesn’t have a glass ceiling. Gasses escape from her atmosphere all the time (which, in the long run, poses its own life-threatening scenario… but that’s another story).
Carbon dioxide absorbs solar radiation only at a very few wavelengths (I seem to recollect Thune’s mentioning three). That’s like putting three “stickies” on you living-room window and claiming that they keep the morning light from shining through. (Actually, the stickies would have to be almost microscopic.)
There are people dropping like flies of heart and lung disease in Beijing, and I hear that Tokyo isn’t much better. When I briefly lived in Dublin, Ireland, about thirty years ago, the coal smoke was so bad that I cut my stay short due to chronic respiratory problems. Our air isn’t clean. In many more urbanized locales, it positively stinks.
To address such problems by screaming, “Climate change!” in Chicken Little fashion, however–and even by clamoring for “deniers” to be imprisoned or executed, in Josef Stalin fashion–bespeaks a sickness of the mind at least as lethal as anything currently stalking our lungs. We can’t solve problems if we don’t correctly name them. The problem with our fume-rich lower atmosphere isn’t that polar bears might take up residence in Nome dumpsters or that New York might be turned into Venice: it’s that we’re breathing toxic crap. Magnifying the issue to resemble the approach of a killer asteroid is merely a bid by centralized authority to acquire yet more control over our private lives.
More bureaucracy doesn’t produce cleaner air (just ask the Chinese). Our entire energy-dependent way of life possesses a wide array of liabilities… ever hear of an EMP?. We need to step back and study the mess we’ve created with calm reason rather than swarming deliriously after charismatic, power-hungry leaders like the mad devotees of Dionysus.