Analysis that doesn’t matter

This is a totally different type of article and I hope you will indulge me. I typically give my editorial thoughts on an article that is fairly easily referenced on the web but in this case I wanted to explain some basic mistakes of an article that I recently read and then propose my own calculations on the article. I finish this post with some observations. While I try very hard to show arguments on both sides of this complicated issue, by reading this post you will have some idea of my personal stance.

The article in question is on the Deltoid blog and is titled Corrections to the McKitrick (2002) Global Average Temperature Series. It may be valuable for you to click through to that article and read it first before continuing here. Take your time, I will wait.


A New Global Warming Strategy: How Environmentalists are Overlooking Vegetarianism as the Most Effective Tool Against Climate Change in Our Lifetimes

EarthSave International

This report has been out there for quite sometime but I am still surprised that more environmentalists do not advocate the changing of our diet in order to make a substantial impact on combating runaway greenhouse gases. While CO2 is widely thought to influence the weather of planet Earth, methane is a very large contributor as well.  In my opinion, methane is not discussed because the chances of convincing the large meat eating public to drop their reliance on meat as a protein source is far more difficult than blaming multi-nationals like GM, Ford, and Exxon.


Rudy Giuliani on Energy & Oil


This is a continuation of my occasional series on the candidates for the next President of the United States of America.  This article will focus on Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City.  My source for this post is OnTheIssues which is an excellent source of information on political candidates.  The authors of this article compiled various quotes from Mr. Giuliani over the years.  I will only quote a few here and encourage you to click through to the original to read other quotes on the subject.

Q: If we sign Kyoto, wouldn’t then a lot of factories and jobs and investments just move offshore to China and India?


Kyoto Destroying European Economy

Classical Values – May 13, 2007

This is an interesting analysis of the the problems in the EU due to their leadership (and lack of following) on the Kyoto Protocol.  While I am sure that many will blame the US for this problem, I actually feel that Presidents Clinton and Bush were wise in not pushing this adoption without the full participation of the 3rd world countries.

I also don’t blame the 3rd world countries for not adopting (or following) Kyoto since they are playing catch up to the industrialized world.  Why should their people starve because they were late to the party of industrializing their nation – something the European and North American countries had been doing since the mid to late 19th century.


Brazil’s Urban Ants May Predict Reaction To Warming Trends

Wall Street Journal – April 27, 2007

Interesting article that discusses how ants have adapted to the heat caused by our large urban cities.  The study is important because it can compare insects that live in a city (where it is warmer) than in the rural parts of the country.  Insects can be gathered from both locations and tests can proceed giving a very stable comparative reference.  The IPCC is predicting mass extinctions due to the increase of global temperatures, this study suggests that our fellow inhabitants on this planet may be more resistant than some think.

It’s getting hotter in the human hive, and in some ant colonies, but the ants are learning to live with it.


The Beginning of the End for Life as We Know it on Planet Earth?

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – May 4, 2007

This is a very disturbing and controversial viewpoint that reminds me of a book by Tom Clancy from several years ago where extremists schemed to demolish the population of the planet to make it better for wildlife.  I have decided to include this article only because I believe that extremism (in either direction) on this issue of humans effecting the world is typically bad.  A centrist viewpoint almost always makes sense and by pointing out the radicals, rational people can disassociate themselves from the stance.


Feeling Warmth, Subtropical Plants Move North

The New York Times – May 2, 2007

So if the globe is getting warmer, it stands to reason that the most susceptible species of plants and animals would be the first to respond.  This is exactly what this article is observing. Plants that once only thrived in warmer climates are now very comfortable in the colder latitudes.  Also plants that did well in a certain area are now struggling due to too much heat. 

While this article gives little scientific evidence – primarily observation.  It is a very interesting article and worth reading.


China accepts fears over climate Ė but will not cut growth

The Times – April 24, 2007

This is confusing.  If someone accepts that the world is getting warmer due to human output of CO2, and if that person also accepts that global warmer would harm mankind then how could that person not accept making changes in behavior to prevent it.  Isn’t the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again but expect a different outcome?  It is one thing to deny that global warming is happening due to humans and then not do anything but I cannot follow the logic of agreeing with it and then still do nothing.


North America Absorbing Carbon Dioxide At Surprisingly High Rate, Team Reports

Science Daily – October 20, 1998

I have been hesitant to talk about this study that is nearly 10 years old now but I have searched high and low and I cannot find a single reference that refutes the study.  In this study that occured from 1988-1992, it was found that the CO2 levels in the air decreased as the natural westerly flow moved air from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.  The theory is that the CO2 concentration on the West coast would be X, the generated CO2 production by US citizens would be Y, and the CO2 concentration on the East coast would be some level above X but probably below X+Y since some sinking of carbon would occur.


Junk Science: Canít See the Warming for the Trees – April 12, 2007

When I first read this article, I started laughing. Even now, as I write this post, I am really trying to hold back on my sarcasm in my comments. JunkScience is a blog type site that has developed a huge following.  The articles tend to be fairly well written and many of them are also published on  This article is very interesting in that it discusses a computer model that suggests forests north of 20 degrees lattitude in the Northern Hemisphere CAUSES climate change to the tune of 10 degrees F by the year 2100.  I guess I am confused – now climate change is caused by trees?