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Global Warming a Hoax? The Logistics Involved In Fooling the Entire Planet

Updated on January 30, 2014
Co2 is added to the atmosphere in many ways, a great deal of them caused by human activities.
Co2 is added to the atmosphere in many ways, a great deal of them caused by human activities.

The Global Warming "Hoax" Hoax

Are you still kidding yourself that climate change is somehow a hoax "perpetrated on the American people", as one Senator put it? Then how do you explain all of this weird and extreme weather? From Polar Vortexes to devastating typhoons, heat waves and droughts, extreme weather is increasing, and has been for many years. From expanding deserts to rising sea levels, due partly to shrinking glaciers, the evidence for climate change just keeps on mounting.

But discussing the evidence is the purpose of another hub. In this one, I will address the concerns of the few remaining reasonable people who tell themselves that they have any reason to deny the existence of climate change. If you listen much to Senator James Inhofe, you will be lead to believe that the evidence presented is all evidence of a giant hoax. (Oklahoma is doomed.) The sheer logistics that would be involved if the deniers claims were true should be enough to convince anyone of the hoax being perpetrated... by the climate change deniers.

First of all, if climate scientists and their allies were really trying to trick the entire planet, they would have had to fabricate a tale of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that shouldn't be there. Everyone knows that carbon dioxide (Co2, for short) is a good thing. It helps keep the good old world fit for habitation by trapping heat from the sun as it tries to escape the atmosphere. Well, the scientists say that Co2 is too much of a good thing, mainly because there is too much of it.The evidence tells us that, since the beginning of the Industrial Age, on up to the present, humans have just kept on adding more Co2, faster than the Earth can naturally get rid of it.


Deserts have been expanding in recent decades, largely because of global warming, and are yet another sign of the Earth's changing climate.
Deserts have been expanding in recent decades, largely because of global warming, and are yet another sign of the Earth's changing climate.
The "Polar Vortex" in early January brought a blast of Arctic cold to Canada and the U.S. For a few days, it was colder in Minnesota than it was on the North Pole.
The "Polar Vortex" in early January brought a blast of Arctic cold to Canada and the U.S. For a few days, it was colder in Minnesota than it was on the North Pole.

Birds, Bad News and Logistics

But according to the deniers, its all a hoax. People are too small to have any effect on the climate. Of course, there are 7 billion of us now, but to deniers, that probably just proves how infinite the world is. But here's the thing; more people require more energy to meet their needs, including food, homes and such. And the more energy we produce, using the oil, coal and natural gas that we have always used, the more carbon we produce. All of it shows up in the graphs, charts and other evidence scientists have compiled. For the "global warming is a hoax" theory to be true, either the scientists are using methods or machines that are faulty, or they are just flat out lying about the data and are not even bothering to hide it.

Well, maybe those computers aren't too reliable, anyway. Who are we to say? We aren't climatologists. So then it must all be a hoax, right? Nope. There is evidence that we can see, if we look closely enough. And it is not just the drought baking the Midwest, or the salinization that is destroying farmland in Bangladesh from rising sea levels. Even the animals are changing their behavior, shifting patterns of life that they have followed for hundreds of thousands of years. Many migratory animals have reacted to climate change through what are called range shifts, in which they migrate closer to the poles, begin their long journey earlier in the year, and breed even earlier. One species of bird is now facing extinction, because the caterpillars its chicks rely on for food are hatching earlier in the year.

In order for the deniers to be correct in their reasoning, scientists and their allies would have had to somehow convince animals all over the planet to change their migratory patterns, or to stop feeding their young. When was the last time you ever spoke to any animal other than your pets? We still have a long way to go before we can convince walruses to find a place to stay other than Manhattan.

And lastly, what is with this argument that humans cannot have an impact on the environment? From the time that people were able to set forest fires, we have been able to change an environment. Now, we are setting a lot of things on fire, or otherwise using heat to make things work for us. The only problem is that now, the planet is getting... well... hot.

Sheer logistics work against the deniers argument. Not to mention physics. If you are still not convinced, think about this; who would you rather listen too, NASA, NOAA, The National Academy of the Sciences, the National Academies of Sciences of every other country around the world, the 97% of independent scientists who agree with the science? Or, would you rather listen to James Inhofe, Anthony Watts (failed meteorologist), and their ilk?

You decide.


Just one measurement out of many that presents evidence for anthropogenic global warming.
Just one measurement out of many that presents evidence for anthropogenic global warming.

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      tmbridgeland 4 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      But there are so many unanswered questions. I am still pretty open-minded on the climate question, but I don't like the tactics of the climate-change side of the argument. If they really believe their data and theories are correct, then why not just release all of it so other scientists can take a look at it? Instead, everything is shrouded in mystery. It is all, "nope, can't tell you what computer code we used to make our simulations, so you can't reproduce them on your computer, nope can't tell you which trees we took our core samples from, nope, can't release our raw data cause it all got deleted. Just trust us." And it goes on and on.

      It just makes me suspicious.

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      Nathan Orf 4 years ago from Virginia

      tmbridgeland,

      You do raise a good point, and I will try to answer as best I can.

      The thing about science (any type of science, not just climate science) is that it is a constant work in progress. Scientists are always looking for answers based on the scientific method, and that means a lot of time, work and patience.

      That said, many climate scientist, including the most ardent supporters of climate change, will tell you that they are constant skeptics. They are always questioning their data, and rechecking to account for possible mistakes.

      However, climate scientists do allow other scientists to review the data they have collected. That is all part of the peer review process. They even work with scientists in other fields. For example, in my hub, I mentioned the effects of climate change on animals. These effects were discovered by biologists, not climate scientists.

      A large part of climate science is based on chemistry and physics. Experts in both of these fields have contributed to climate science in the past, although that is not their area of expertise. And the same must be said of climate scientists, chemistry and physics is not their area of expertise either. Scientists in many fields have helped to add to the growing list of evidence concerning climate change.

      Let me refer you to a couple of websites, if you do not already have access to them; if you do, great! http://www.skepticalscience.com, and www.realclimate.org. These are both good sites to ask questions and get good answers. No website is perfect, but these both try their best to accurately inform.

      Thanks for the comment by the way! I relish a chance for a good debate!

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      Volitans 4 years ago from Seattle

      Frankly, anyone who doesn't believe in climate change at this point is either naive, foolish, or willfully blind. The evidence is overwhelming; it's relatively simple physics. Thanks for this hub.

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      tmbridgeland 4 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      It isn't really a question of 'believing' in climate change. I studied agriculture in university. As far back as 1980 our profs were telling us that the twentieth century climate was warmer and far milder than that of the nineteenth. They warned us not to expect the good weather to last.

      The skeptics question the causes of climate change, extent of actual climate change, predictions of future climate change, predictions of worldwide disaster and that sort of thing.

      Don't simply assume the skeptics are stupid or venal.

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      Nathan Orf 4 years ago from Virginia

      Volitans,

      Thank you for commenting. I agree that the evidence is overwhelming, but I have met some very knowledgeable skeptics in my day.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have to agree that the evidence is there. Living in Oklahoma for more than 30 years, the temperatures continue to get hotter and the winters milder. My husband was just talking about how the used to play on frozen farm ponds when he was a kid, but the ponds don't freeze as hard as they used to. Great hub! Voting up and interesting! :)

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      Nathan Orf 4 years ago from Virginia

      sgbrown,

      Thanks for the vote up! Here in Virginia the winters are definitely getting milder. And don't get me started on the heat wave we had last year in July. It was literally a knock out.

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