How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Global Warming

Climate Science is often claimed to be in its infancy, but this is most clearly an outrageously false statement. Eunice Foote published “her 1856 paper about… A cylinder filled with carbon dioxide warmed even more, and, once removed from the light, ‘it was many times as long in cooling.’ She then reached a sweeping conclusion: ‘An atmosphere of that gas would give to our earth a high temperature.’”(Schwartz Pg. 1) And if your sceptile on whether this is the beginning of climate science because she doesn’t actually relate it to actual events in the climate. Look no further as only 5 years later John Tyndall published a paper about “the first experimental confirmation of the greenhouse effect.”(Reidy Pg. 13) This is clearly proof that climate science is at least 159 years old and far from its infancy in scientific terms. 

 

In 1966 the Mining Congress Journal Vol. 25 No. 8  Pg. 56 stated  “If the future rate of increase(in C02) continues as it is at the present, it has been predicted that… the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere will increase and that vast changes in the climates of the earth will result.” And in the 1970s and 80s Exxon funded a million dollar scientific investigation into fossil fuels effect on the climate and the repercussions it could have and concluded in 1977 that “doubling CO2 gases in the atmosphere would increase average global temperatures by two or three degrees.”(Hall Pg. 2) This was 11 years before the public became fully aware of global warming and Exxon actually led the charge in spreading misinformation and trying to confuse the public about the effect fossil fuels had on the climate. So the private industry has known about global warming since 1966 and definitively known since 1977.

 

Politically there have been many things done to combat global warming with 100s of regulations and rules being placed on emissions, most notably the kyoto protocol(1998) and the paris agreement(2015). But there hasn’t been nearly enough and a large part is due to corporate greed. With fossil fuel companies being some of richest and most profitable companies ever to exist they have spent large amounts of money to keep governments, especially the US government, from enacting proper climate policies. And this always makes me question why didn’t these companies invest all the money they spent spreading disinformation and lobbying against climate change, to develop renewable energy  technologies that have the potential to be much cheaper in production and maintenance than the fossil fuel industry.  

P.S. please tell me some one gets the title reference

5 thoughts on “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Global Warming

  1. I like how you described the modern actions being taken to combat climate change such as the international conferences and regulations being created it is important to see what has been done in order to understand what can be done further. I’m afraid that the damage done by large oil and gas companies might be too much and we may all be a major kong riding our own bomb to extinction.

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  2. Your last question is one I think about a lot. I wrote about how Exxon is now touting this renewable friendly planet loving message and it’s just because they have a huge share of the natural gas market (which is seen as a bridge between renewables and fossil fuels) and it’s finally in their economic interests to not be climate change deniers. Super interesting, maybe there’s enough time left for us to change the economic interest of firms away from fossil fuels and slow the changing of the climate, at least so we survive, but who knows the dooms day device my already be counting down.

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  3. I think its interesting that there are still speculators and scientists who are at a sense “War” with each other for the right ideals. Other than enjoying the strangelove reference, like you said that over 150 years of climate science, doesn’t make it a super young science. In fact in the grand scheme of human development 150 years doesn’t seem that long, but non the less the science itself is logical. And we have been dealing with logic for thousands of years. Logic allows us to make connections, rationalize fears, understand how basic things like money or more basically trade works. Now sometimes logic can be biased but like all new ideals, it has to challenge old ideals. Most people believed that the world was flat until the scientifically opposite idea became more accepted and well known in society. When our species finally accomplished space travel, We found out the answer to those questions.

    Same thing will happen to climate science. It may not be today, or tomorrow, or ten thousand years from now, but as we will see and have seen from inferences in paleo sciences. The earths temperature will continue to fluctuate, concluding that yes global warming is happening, maybe a little faster than usual, but still happening. Then the climate will cool, just like the Ice Age.

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  4. Also another aspect of climate change that eats up at me is the fact that Planet Earth will survive regardless of whether humans survive and new animals and planet life will eventually evolve, so really the only thing we are hurting is ourselves and the other species hat currently live on earth.

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