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The scientific cost of Global climate change

Updated on February 28, 2012
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"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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    • michiganman567 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for the comment Savvydating. I read that based on Al Gores predictions the Polar ice caps should be completely melted by now. Just an oversight I guess... I am expecting the hysteria to reemerge if we have a hot summer this year.

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      6 years ago

      My favorite book on climate change is "Cool It," by Bjorn Lomborg. He is a skeptical environmentalist. Actually, I mentioned this elsewhere, and I do not recall if the comment was published. Anyway, it is a worthwhile & fascinating book. Lomborg effectively debunks some claims, such as the ones made by Al Gore.

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      7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I agree with dahoglund. Although I do think to an extent man has some responsibility for climate changes. I won't rehash the usual array of comments, but I will say that I like your article. It is very informative and I would love to read more. Thanks for sharing. Teresa

    • michiganman567 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the comment Prasetio. It is my pleasure to help a teacher anyway that I can. Especially one that is as polite as you are.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information. As a teacher I always concern and update about kind of this topic, like global climate change. Very informative. Thanks

    • michiganman567 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the comment Michael,

      The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates that the polar bear population is currently at 20,000 to 25,000 bears, up from as low as 5,000-10,000 bears in the 1950s and 1960s.

      I think that they are doing alright. If they lie about the polar bears, then how can you trust them about ice caps.

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      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      I lived in Nashville,Tn when Al Gore was running for President & lost to his own state, how funny! He has made a living regarding this topic. I do know changes are occuring around the world but I don't think theres much we can do about it. I have watched specials about the Polar Cap melting & the polar bears are moving & dying out. I think its a shame to lose a species but the only way for survival is to evolve with the changes like we have been doing for the last, well, all of our existence...Great Hub!

    • michiganman567 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the read and comment Dahoglund. I was almost ready to accept a possibility of global warming due to sun spots. But I don't even accept that anymore. True there are warm and cold years, but there is no reason to focus so much attention on it.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Bravo. Somebody had to say this.Also, since there is always climate change, probably not caused by human activity, efforts should be on adapting to changes in climate and taking advantage of it.

    • michiganman567 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Sheila b. Those scientists work for national laboratories. They study whatever they get funding to study. So it is hard to blame the scientists, they are just doing their jobs.

      But I do know what you are saying. There are some true believers out there that are not trustworthy. The Climategate/Al Gore types.

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      Just knowing how much Al Gore has profitted from the whole scare, I'm skeptical about any scientists who choose the field of climate change.


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