It appears that the big Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) cult summit in Durban South Africa has ended with a resolution that basically does nothing and amounts to a draft agreement that will be renegotiated by 2015 and come into effect by 2020. Raise your hand if you think any of this will actually be worked out and become binding by 2020.
All of this dithering is fine with me since AGW is a myth and amounts to little more than a cult religion which has its real goal of forcing developed countries to finance developing countries by means of a Carbon Tax. Any resolution that is agreed upon by the UN members of this party in South Africa is meaningless unless countries pass legislation to put teeth to this resolution and while I can’t speak for other countries, the US does not have the backing in Congress to support the AGW lie and what little backing Congress does have for the AGW cult will decrease after the 2012 elections.
So in response to this nothing burger produced at Durban I want to take this opportunity to update the CO2 and global temperatures for your enjoyment. Let’s see if Earth is indeed on its way to “Warmageddon” or if the UN is just generating solutions in search of a problem.
The first graph below shows the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere as measured in parts per million (ppm) and sure enough we are continuing to pump more CO2 into the atmosphere on a fairly linear rate and there doesn’t seem to be much change to that rate over the time period measured. This data was obtained from the Mauna Loa measuring station.
The AGW cult places the blame for global warming solely at the feet of the CO2 molecule which comprising about 0.039% of our atmosphere. Let’s get some perspective on how much 0.039% represents on a total volume. A gallon of milk is roughly 4 liters so 0.039% of that is 1.5 mL. If you take a medicine dropper and measure out 1.5 ml you’ll find that it takes about 25 drops from an average medicine to equal 1.5 mL. According to the AGW cult, the equivalent of 25 drops in a gallon of milk is driving our global temperatures so this CO2 molecule is indeed magical. But wait, we must show correlation of increased CO2 emissions with global temperature increases before we make that claim.
When looking at the CRU temperatures over the past 14 years you can see that there is no trend up or down on temperature which is validated by the linear line fit having a slope of 0.00.
When you plot a correlation of CO2 vs. Temperatures from the Mauna Loa data and the CRU data you see that we have seen the correlation fall apart recently. Once the level of CO2 reached 370 ppm the temperatures stopped increasing. This suggests that CO2 is not correlated with temperature increase and there must be some other variable (or more likely variables) controlling our global temperatures.
So good luck to all the UN members who continue to wring their hands and beat their chests regarding supposed global warming catastrophes but forgive me if I remain a skeptic and laugh at your feeble attempts to propose solutions to a non existent problem.
If you are interested in further investigation…..
I provided more detailed explanation of these graphs in an earlier post and you can check that out if you are so inclined.
There is also a previous post where I provided directions how you can check the temperature monitoring stations in your local area and see for yourself whether or not you see global warming increasing at a catastrophic pace.