Saturday, February 11, 2006

The headline of a short editorial in the Peoria Journal Star (2/10/06, page A4) proclaims “Is it hot in here, or is it just us?”  Quoting from that article, it further announces “NASA reports that 2005 was the warmest year on official record, with Earth’s surface temperature up a blistering 1.44 degrees Fahrenheit over a century.  Likewise, Peorians are feeling the heat.  This January’s average temp of 37.7 was the city’s hottest since 1880.

Interestingly, NASA immediately pooh-poohed (Isn’t that an interesting scientific word choice by the editorial writers—such class.—my addition) any speculation about the influence of pollution or so-called global warning.”  “According to the aforementioned report, ‘Current warmth seems to be occurring nearly everywhere at the same time.’  We’re just from central Illinois, but isn’t that the definition of ‘global’?”  The rest of the article, short though it was, seems to imply that the editorialists seem to believe that global warming is real and is an imminent threat to our existence on this planet.    

The following quote is from an Associated Press article with the headline “2006 warmest January ever” printed in the Bloomington Pantagraph on 2/08/06, page A10.  “The country’s average temperature for the month was 39.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 8.5 degrees above average for January, the National Climatic Data Center said Tuesday.  

The old record for January warmth was 37.3 degrees set in 1953.

On the other hand, while much of the United States was basking in warm weather, parts of Europe and Asia were being battered by bitter cold.  Climate details for the rest of the world for January are expected to be available next week.”  Don’t quote me on this; I seem to recall that I heard on the news a few days ago that the high temperature in Russia recently was 50 degrees below zero.  I do believe, in my way of thinking, that is extremely cold.  I guess Russia is not part of the “global” experience.  Or, maybe the editorial writers just haven’t heard about the “heat” wave in Russia.

I have a few questions I hope the editorial writers will answer.        

When the warmest temperature for January in Peoria was in the record year of 1880 did that mean that we were also experiencing global warming then?  If 2005 was the warmest year on record, were there other similarly warm years earlier in the last century?  Were there similarly warm years in the 1700’s and/or the 1800’s?  Did the editorial writers forget that the average temperature for the first 19 days of December of last year was one of the coldest average temperatures for those 19 days in many years?  Did the approximately 86 inches of snow that the suburban Chicago area received in about 1976 indicate that the nation was moving into “global cooling”?    

The Earth’s temperature increased by about 1.5 degrees in a century (100 years).  Was the temperature of the Earth constant before the last century?  Has the temperature of the Earth fluctuated over the previous centuries?  Has the Earth’s temperature ever decreased over a century time span?  Has the Earth’s temperature been steadily increasing since the creation of the Earth?  Are there other questions that need to be explored?  

It seems to me, there are a lot of variables that need to be examined besides the ones mentioned in this short editorial before any conclusion expressed by the editorial writers can be reached.  However, I’m not surprised by their conclusion.  They have in previous articles demonstrated a propensity not to be bothered by facts and details that don’t fit the conclusions they have drawn.  Is that called selective analysis?

In my opinion, there is another major problem with the whole concept of global warming.  It seems to me that many of the scientists who argue in favor of global warming also believe that evolution is a scientific fact and that the universe was created out of nothing by chance.  Many of us know that is not true.  If it is not, these scientists have lost their credibility.  How can anyone believe their conclusions if the conclusions are based upon the lies of evolution.  Evolution is not scientifically supported by the known facts.  Are their conclusions on global warming also not based upon known facts?

Is it hot in here as in “hot air”, or is it just the editorial writers of the Peoria Journal Star?  


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