The scientific cost of Global climate change
"If we work to stop global climate change and the problem doesn’t exist, then the only thing that we have done is become more environmentally responsible". This is a common argument presented by believers in global climate change. They tell us that if there is no global climate change then we have nothing to lose by taking preventative measures.
There are obvious problems with preventing global climate change. Such as cost, government intrusion into our lives, making a mockery out of science, and pursuing technology that is ineffective. Other than those obvious problems there is another huge problem that doesn’t get much attention. It is the waste of mind power studying global climate change. The brilliant people and technology that are wasted researching global climate change might be the largest cost that we are paying to combat this mythical danger currently known as global climate change
I was wondering around the internet and I came upon a news release about how researchers at the Ames national Laboratory will be given access to one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to conduct their research. The time on these supercomputers awarded through the Department of Energy’s INCITE program is a big deal. Only 69 applications were accepted to the INCITE program. Alex King, the Ames Laboratory Director says “Competition for INCITE awards is tough. They go to the best and brightest to address the toughest problems that can be solved today”. The DOE claims that access to INCITE can speed up scientific research by decades.
My problem is that they are researching clouds and their effect on Global climate change. Other projects include real science like detecting earthquakes, tracking hurricanes, alternative energy sources, nanotechnology and curing cancer. The fact that global warming is putting real science at the back of the line is another reason why the supporters of the global climate change movement are affecting all of us.
Here we have a team of brilliant scientists that are pursuing global climate change research. Is that their primary objective: maybe not, they are also researching water purification? So it is possible that they threw in a little global climate change research into the project for cosmetic reasons. I am sure that talking up global climate change increased their funding and helped them to gaining acceptance into the INCITE program. Even if their primary objective is water purification, they will still have to study these clouds and produce results. That will take time and brainpower away from the good science that is included in their proposal.
So the next time that you hear someone say “we have nothing to lose by combating global climate change” remember the wasted time in scientific research. I wonder what program isn’t getting access to the supercomputers so that this global climate change team can conduct their research. It could be a team that is researching a disease, developing alternative fuels, creating a new synthetic fiber, who knows. All that we know is that some real science will not get access to the INCITE program because Global climate change hysteria and political decisions come first.
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