Our second plank offers up our thinking on "Climate Change" which having not sold all that well under it's original name, "Global Warming" and many of it's chief promoters having been discredited as haters, cowards, shameless profiteers and crazed sex poodles it has now been repackaged with a new name, new marketing and a new catastrophe ... Hurricane Sandy.
To begin with, the earth has been heating up lately ..... probably.
If you look at the chart above and notice the orange lines at the right end. Those lines represent those years where temperatures were actually measured using instruments that record real temperatures.
Take note of the word "Reconstructed" in the key at the upper left hand corner.
Among the problems with calculating "Climate Change" is that word "Reconstructed" as in the year 1000 AD there were almost no thermometers hanging outside the conning tower at your local airport recording daily temperatures.
For the better part of 1900 years out of a 2000 year ... ish ... chart, we're calculating average temperatures from tree rings and ice cores ..... among other things.
This bares repeating ..... tree rings and ice cores.
The problems in data collection are endless as even recently, examples of blatant stupidity and/or pure fraud have been detected in the numbers.
Here are just two physical examples.
By way of explanation for what you're about to look at here, the refrigeration unit and air conditioners blow cold air into the building and exhaust the hot air out ..... pretty much directly at the temperature sensor/thermometer.
Click on either photo below for more examples of sensor placements which are likely serving to help cook the books.
Get it? ..... Cook? ... the books?
I can't crunch the numbers on the research but there are enough complaints about the treatment of the numbers from people who can, not to mention enough assurances from a raft of people who for damn sure can't, to make my bullshit detector swing wildly.
Or you can take my word for it as I did read it because, while it is a little long it's not very tough reading.
Understand something here, all of this is before you even begin to consider possible causes.
Which brings us to our first position.
The Moon is also warming up by the way.
Yeah, yeah that's only a 4 year chart, we're just having a little fun pretending to be Progressives.
NASA also thinks that Mars is warming up along with maybe Jupiter and Triton, but who the hell knows.
They're studying it because ..... that's what scientists do.
Finally, having researched and pondered this issue to the fullness of our not inconsiderable capabilities we arrive at the following conclusion.
Having been both warm and cold, it is our strongly held opinion that ...