GeologicalScienceBlog - subjects include Geology, Climatology, Environmental Science, NASCAR, Beer, Property Rights, Random Thoughts, & Politics from a Christian Conservative/Libertarian/pragmatist viewpoint. As a Dad & Grandad, I am concerned about the overgrowth of government at the expense of freedom. Background - two degrees in Geology (BS '77, MS '90), started studying Geology beginning Senior Year of high school (1971 - 1972) <68>

Thursday, March 05, 2015

On Calling it a Decade

The 10th Anniversary has passed.  Once I retrieve a few more old posts and transfer them, I plan to delete this blog.  Whenever I choose.

In probably 99% of my postings, I gave careful thought and consideration to what I wrote.  And I stand by that 99%.  If I was sarcastic, it was in an effort to be humorous.  A few times, I got careless in blowing off steam.  If there was any offense taken, I apologize.

Part of this choice is that I don't want any future scientific efforts to be dogged by my non-PC writings here.  I don't refute them, but instead I leave those subjects to more professional and articulate writers. 

Friday, January 09, 2015

The Clock is Winding Down...

I plan to retire this blog after its 10th anniversary. I am doing this to concentrate on my other blog, which is about 99% science. I may elaborate more about my choices later...

Friday, November 28, 2014

Still Here...

As I keep saying. Facebook posts - I'm really not into Twitter - are where I choose to do battle, so to speak. I may keep this blog open until February, 2015 than "call it a decade" and retire this blog to posterity (or perhaps wherever deleted blogs go). Later...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dear Diary...

Oh, melancholy what a tenacious beast you are. How I long for the days when others considered me productive and useful. Once in a while, I still consider myself to be still in "that zone", but Melancholy and its companions Self-Doubt and No-Confidence tap me on the shoulder and remind me that I must come back to their realm.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Still Here

Been busy with life.

Posting this Pat Condell video, perhaps to post to Facebook later. Back later...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Not Ready for Facebook

“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

I am just "parking" this here, in case I decide to post it on Facebook.  I have to maintain some sort of relationship with cousins, etc..



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Oh, By the Way, Happy New Year

As we now have wireless internet (though sometimes off and on) in the basement apartment (aka "the bunker"), I will try to blog some more.  Promises, promises, I know.

With my climate diatribe, I noticed that I was at 2199 posts, so I decided to go ahead and push it to 2200.

So there.

Another Climate Change Rant

As long as there has been an atmosphere, there has been climate change. Nothing new here.

It is possible that we affect the global climate, but as nature is an "open system" - with at least 22 different climate drivers - it is impossible to assess how much is "our fault".

From the website of H. Leighton Steward:
There are things other than combustion-related carbon dioxide, e.g., changes in land use patterns, such as deforestation (especially in the tropics) and the growth of "urban heat islands", that might affect global weather and climate, but other than on a very local scale, accurate assessments of human contributions may never be possible.

Of these 22 (+/-) climate drivers, some are cyclical, some are random. Some enhance each other (synergy) and some "cancel each other out" (antagonism). Some trigger Positive Feedback Loops, others trigger Negative Feedback Loops. Some are influenced by humans, some are totally natural.

As for the climate driver that gets most of the "blame" - carbon dioxide - it only comprises about 388 ppm of the troposphere (lowest layer of the atmosphere). That is about 4 parts out of every 10,000 (0.038%). And anthropogenic carbon dioxide (mostly from fuel combustion) is dwarfed by natural sources, e.g., volcanoes, hot springs, ocean emissions, animal/bacterial respiration.

Water vapor and clouds are responsible for the lion's share of the Greenhouse Effect, but this fact is too often ignored by those with "an agenda".

Sadly, for 30+ years, this subject has been politicized for the purpose of the concentration of power and money by those associated with the UN. All of this "Sustainability" stuff is largely driven by the overarching desire to control people and their activities.

And it is truly sad that too many Geologists associated with government or academia are caught up in the mantra. And some of these Geologists - that consider themselves to be "independent thinkers" - will allow no dissenting views to be considered.  I have Geologist "friends" that will no longer talk to me and I am most likely excluded from geo-blogging events (or at best barely tolerated) - for my skeptical views.

Bottom line - The Sun is the major controller of the Earth's temperatures and all things related and Water Vapor and Clouds control most of the Greenhouse Effect.

On a side note: My skepticism does not negate my environmental concerns. I recycle - because it makes sense. For 35+ years I have recycled aluminum and other things. Conservation of resources makes sense. Proper disposal of waste just makes sense. Blaming every unusual event on "climate change" does not.

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