Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has answered the question I’ve had for a very long time about the global warming hysteria: “what is the proper temperature for the planet earth?” This is what he has to say on the subject in his article for the April 16 Newsweek issue:
The earth is always warming or cooling by as much as a few tenths of a degree a year; periods of constant average temperatures are rare. Looking back on the earth’s climate history, it’s apparent that there’s no such thing as an optimal temperatureâ€”a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperature wise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman’s forecast for next week.
–Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Well said. There really is no such thing as a normal temperature for a day, much less a century. What is considered normal is an average. It’s possible for a month to come out on average without ever actually hitting the normal temperature for a single day. In most places the temperature for any particular day usually does not land on the average temperature. Check the records for your area for a month and see how often you hit the normal high/low temperature for a particular day. You could also check today’s high/low and compare it to last year’s high and low for this date. Doubt they will be the same. In more places than not they will be cooler since much of the country has experienced well below average temperatures lately. Where does all that cold weather come from when the earth is a greenhouse with the sun beating down on it?
Saying that last century the earth was at the right temperature is like saying yesterday’s temperature must be the normal temperature for today. It’s very improbable. You would need accurate temperatures for many centuries to even come up with a reliable average. Odds are such an average would be different from both last century and this one. Since there has always been warming and cooling periods, I don’t think normal could ever be established. There is simply no way to measure “proper” temperature.
If the temperature was usually the same everywhere and it rose a degree in a century then there could possibly be a problem. Since temperature swings of 20 degrees or more in a day are not unusual in many places there is certainly no reason to think 1/10th of a degree rise in average temperature in a decade is anything that animals can’t adapt to. Look at the change in temperature from season to season. How do animals ever survive?
What we are being told about global warming can’t be proven and isn’t even logical. There are short, medium and long term weather patterns, so establishing norms is always going to be a moving target. Since life has survived all those climate changes there is no reason to believe that last century’s average temperature was ideal. There is even less reason to believe that a 1 or 2 degree rise in temperature is going to wipe out life on the planet. Panic and stupidity have a much better chance of accomplishing that. So do terrorists and regimes who are promising mass destruction.