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Man-Made Global Warming

Updated on January 10, 2013

The question, or questions, concerning global warming issues are as important as the answers themselves. The more concise, accurate and honest the question(s), the more concise, accurate and honest the answers will be. Any number of false assumption, misunderstandings and outright lies can be made to seem legitimate based on the question posed and the answer supplied. For example: Have you stopped beating your wife? This question sets up the person answering to either admit to having beaten their wife whether they answer yes or no. If the person answers "no", then it is assumed that they are still beating their wife. If the person answers "yes", then it assumed that they had been beating their wife before. Loaded questions are typically dishonest and agenda driven.

How then, does this apply to the topic of global warming? What are the "loaded" questions and what are the agendas associated with them?

The confusion begins with the lack of distinction between the concept of natural and man-made global warming. The argument should not be, if global warming occurs, but rather if it is a natural occurrence or a product of man-made causes. Likewise, if certain terminology is used and certain ideas are put forth in relation to global warming, what is the agenda behind it? Do we allow the facts to dictate the conversation or do we allow agendas to disconnect the conversation from the facts?

Throughout the history of the earth there has been cooling and warming periods on both regional and global scales. This is a fact that is beyond question. It is interesting then that we have now decided to blame man for the recent warming trend (that has now been cooling, as a global average). As we came out of the last ice age we had neither SUVs, incandescent light bulbs or any of the modern day amenities being blamed for global warming. While one pole warms slightly the other is increasing its ice coverage. While the dinosaurs lived in much warmer climates than we now enjoy, they were followed by ice ages. The earth is an incredibly complex system that has a history of warming and cooling and this history is far older than our meager influence since the industrial revolution. Since these facts are firmly in place and verifiable, why then are there those that want to lay the blame squarely at the feet of the human race?

There is a growing interest in expanding the depth and scope of governmental control on both the national and international levels. And, there is money to be made. By demonizing light bulbs, SUVs and other modern conveniences governments can, by way of regulation and restrictions, control more of our lives. While this may seem conspiratorial on it's surface, it is clearly recognizable as a power grab when we understand the facts concerning the non-man-made climate changes. Power and taxation are being levied against us in the name of saving us. We are being pushed, without the free market based on actual choices, to chose cars we don't want to buy, use light bulbs that are making money for the very people who fought to make our old ones illegal (Al Gore) and change our lifestyles. C.S. Lewis said, "Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of it's victims may be the most oppressive". We as citizens need to do our due diligence and look into the facts and then stand against this soft tyranny.


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      Mitch Alan 5 years ago from South Jersey

      Handymanbill, I remember that too...Time and (I believe) Newsweek had cover stories in the 70's about global cooling and they used most of the same exact arguements that are now used to support man-made gloabal warming. It is yet another tactic to grow government, in both size and scope, and to lessen the individual liberties of the citizen and the growth of a free market, non-governmentally control, business sector.

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      Bill 5 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Great Hub.There are really no facts to support Global Warming. I remember when I was in school, that the teachers where supporting the idea that we were headed into another ice age.The Earth was getting colder. I believe in cycles. For man to say that we control the weather or climate is foolish. Even to this day we can't predict the weather to the next day much less say that we are causing Global Warming.

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      Mitch Alan 6 years ago from South Jersey


      Thanks for the link. I have found that the mantra from the left is "Don't confuse me with the facts"...Not all do this. Some will engage in interesting and thought provoking dialog...but few and far between.

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      Larry Fields 6 years ago from Northern California

      Hi, Mitch. Voted up and useful. I strongly agree with your point that we should put more emphasis on facts, and less on agendas, when we discuss climate change.

      For example, the alarmists would have us believe that the global warming trend of the 1990s was unprecedented. The official mythology is that since the retreat of the continental glaciers, everything was hunky-dory, until we nasty humans started the evil Industrial Revolution, with its attendant planet-wrecking CO2 emissions.

      In particular, they have rewritten history in such a way that the Medieval Warm Period either never happened, or was restricted to Europe. Here's a link to tree-ring research at Whitewing Mountain, in California's Southern Sierra Nevada Range, by Dr. Constance Millar. This provides strong evidence that the year 1350--which is within the MWP--was appreciably warmer than anything we've experienced in modern times. Moreover the MWP was NOT limited to Europe.

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      J Zohlmann  6 years ago

      @HSchneider, do you like to read pieces like this, determine if the author wallows in 'left-leaning' human guilt that suggests man is inherently destructive, and then offer your opinion? I have to say, it's as if you didn't read the article at all. What Mitch is saying here is that the premise is potentially flawed, and that until we really understand if and to what extent man is impacting this planet (if at all), it's sort of silly to rebalance our economic system based on technology that is bot ready (though politically palatable) or in fact lining the pockets of these same voices calling for immediate action to stave off Armageddon.

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      Mitch Alan 7 years ago

      HSchneider, What specific scientific FACTS back up the claim that this warming (or cooling depending on who you ask)period is man-made, when all others in recorded history occured without our influence?

      Doesn't seem to be either factual or logical.

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      Howard Schneider 7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      There have been periods of global warming and cooling. This is true. Burt this is the first time that man is the cause. Left uncheck, our children will pay the price. The bottom line is do we pay the price to convert to alternative renewable energy sources now or do our children pay with their lives in the future. You can parse your argument any which way you wish. That is the bottom line and the science supports it.

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Great insight in this hub, Carbon tax = global warming , make a bad guy out of the public so they can tax us. Hell , they tax gasoline , heating oil for the elderly , beer , and baby bottles . Great messege.