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article imageOp-Ed: Climate Change - Winter 2010 Makes Al Gore Look Like a Fraud

By Ryan Mahon     Jan 9, 2010 in Environment
If global warming is real, why is it so cold? How can anyone believe that the world temperature is rising to dangerous levels, when it's colder today than in a generation? Four reasons that Al Gore may be wrong are presented below.
1) Winters Will Be Warmer. Verdict: Al Gore Lie.
Global warming doesn’t mean that winter will be mild. Temperatures are expected to even-out over the calendar year. That means summers will be cooler and winter will be warmer, generally. In an attempt to maintain a balance, nature will throw us unexpected extremes of hot and cold. If you pay close attention to ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ the film makes this point clearly. The UK doesn’t normally have snow. Anyplace where airports, trains and highways shut down for less than a single foot at a time clearly is not accustomed to snow. Temperatures will rise more dramatically, and faster in areas that are cooler now. That means that the Caribbean and the Mediterranean may not see huge increases in their temperature highs, while areas in Canada, Russia, and Antarctica may soar quickly, and areas outside the tropics may have more extreme fluctuations.
2) The Seas Will Rise. Verdict: Gore Lie Number Two.
Dense mountain ranges like the Himalayas, Andes and Rockies change the force of gravity so significantly that in these areas of the planet, the rate at which an object falls to the ground from your hand is much faster than we were taught in high school physics class. The same variation is at work in the world’s oceans. In some spots the ocean is rising, while others are lowering. The point is that overall, globally, there is an increase. It depends on where you are, your proximity to mountain ranges and fresh water from melting glaciers. Just to make it a little harder to predict, as the ice melts, land will rise, and thermal expansion throws yet another variable into the mix. The Netherlands is a perfect example of how difficult it is to predict sea rise. Everyone panics about the Netherlands because much of the country is below sea level. Five feet or more in some areas. But that’s the average sea level for the entire planet. The Netherlands is dry as a bone because the North Sea is twenty to thirty feet below the average seal level across the globe, leaving all the windmills and tulips crispy dry.
3) Major Cities in the US Will Sink. Verdict: Al Lies Again. Well, sort of….. Even if all the ice caps on the planet melt, and the sea rises three hundred feet, a well-planned system of dykes and levees around Washington DC will keep all of those important things like the Constitution, Lincoln’s hat, and Congress quite dry. The same is likely true of Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. The only city that looks like it’s headed for serious trouble is Boston. While Louisiana and Florida will be completely submerged in the next 100 years, most of the cities on the east coast of the US could be maintained with current technology. Sorry Miami….
4) Global Warming Will Lead to Mass Famine and Death. Verdict: More Liberal Lies From the 2000 President-Elect. While holocaust may occur in less stable parts of the world, or regions that are already in conflict, I know the culture of the United States. Even if we need to evacuate millions from Florida and the Mississippi Delta, we will find room for them. Sure, I might charge a little extra for rent because I know the market, but its not like I wouldn’t give my tenants a roasted potato and an arugula salad from my most recent grocery run, or from my garden if the stores are depleted for some reason.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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