Well, apparently Nancy Pelosi had to go to Greenland to get caught in the rain for the first time in her life.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070528/ap_on_sc/climate_change_2
She saw "firsthand evidence that climate change is a reality". Amazing. The rest of us have seen the weather change hundreds of times every year. Here in Florida we see it a couple times a day most days.
Ignore the fact that the Vikings called the island "Greenland" because, at the time, it was lush and green and they settled it to FARM on. Ignore the fact that the glaciers there formed in "modern times". Ignore the fact that IT'S SUMMERTIME, of course the ice is melting!!!!!!
Someone please send Ms. Pelosi a dictionary with the word "anectodal" highlighted. Maybe a children's book with the parable of the 6 blind men meeting an elephant would be good also. Feel the trunk, it's a snake. Feel the leg it's a tree.... Look a temporary glacier as summer starts - it's global warming. Wow, that's science. But it's first hand. After all, we weren't there, so we'll have to take her word for it. After all, she has a doctorate in climatology - oh wait, no she doesn't. She doesn't know diddly about the climate.
Somebody looking for grant money and, or publicity showed her a pre-set dog and pony show. "A fool and their money are soon parted." No wait, "A sucker born every minute". Ah, whats the difference? Same end result.
But she is right in one respect. Climate change is a reality. It always has been. Summer comes, it gets warm. Winter comes, it snows. Clouds form, it rains. Wind patterns change, there's a drought, etc, etc, etc. Rarely, if ever, has a human been able to change any of the above in any way beyond putting a roof over their head to stay dry, or lighting a fire to stay warm.
As a society we have spent trillions upon trillions of dollars just to predict what the weather will be like in a few hours. Forget about what it will be like in a few weeks. Years? Nobody would consider you sane if you said you could do it.
We can't predict the weather with any kind of reliability let alone change it. For 100's of thousands of dollars we can "kind of" make it rain by seeding clouds. But if there are no clouds - even that lame attempt fails. We can't make the simplest of weather changes (rain) in a small area with all our efforts concentrated on it, yet we are led to believe that we are irreversibly effecting the weather of the entire planet by driving to work.
The planet is a huge place. Even a few billion humans can scarcely make a dent on it's surface. The tiny fraction of CO2 that we put into the atmosphere doesn't compare to the other sources of greenhouse gases.
I hate to disappoint the politicians, but we just aren't that powerful. Even Ms. Pelosi's huge jet can't destroy the climate. No matter how much she wants it too.
The Blind Men and the Elephant by John Godfrey Saxe
It was six men of Indostan, to learning much inclined,
who went to see the elephant (Though all of them were blind),
that each by observation, might satisfy his mind.
The first approached the elephant, and, happening to fall,
against his broad and sturdy side, at once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the elephant, is nothing but a wall!"
The second feeling of the tusk, cried: "Ho! what have we here,
so very round and smooth and sharp? To me tis mighty clear,
this wonder of an elephant, is very like a spear!"
The third approached the animal, and, happening to take,
the squirming trunk within his hands, "I see," quoth he,
the elephant is very like a snake!"
The fourth reached out his eager hand, and felt about the knee:
"What most this wondrous beast is like, is mighty plain," quoth he;
"Tis clear enough the elephant is very like a tree."
The fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, Said; "E'en the blindest man
can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an elephant, is very like a fan!"
The sixth no sooner had begun, about the beast to grope,
than, seizing on the swinging tail, that fell within his scope,
"I see," quothe he, "the elephant is very like a rope!"
And so these men of Indostan, disputed loud and long,
each in his own opinion, exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong!
So, oft in theologic wars, the disputants, I ween,
tread on in utter ignorance, of what each other mean,
and prate about the elephant, not one of them has seen!
John Godfrey Saxe (1816 - 1887)
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