Friday, February 02, 2007

Seeking Equilibrium

The human race is always seeking equilibrium. This means that most people want little or no change in their lives. The primary example today is the mass hysteria called Global Warming. Yesterday the UN, the world arbiter of ethics and intellect, issued a report stating that there is a 90% possiblity that global warming or climate change is caused by human activity. While this assertion won't pass the laugh test it is being taken seriously by those who prefer to live in fear rather than enjoy the short life span allotted to all.

On top of the ridiculous weeping and gnashing of teeth, Al Gore has been nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize further trivializing such institutions. The most telling aspect of the UN declaration is the "90% possibility" which means that there is still much uncertainty regarding the existence of the situation. How many people would travel aboard an airplane with only a 90% possiblity of a safe landing? Do the math. If only 90% of daily aircraft take off and landings were the case then there would be 100,000 crashes out of every 1 million operations.

The most insulting part of the entire controversy is the idea that 6 billion human beings can have a larger impact on the universe than any other consideration. The UN panel predicts another 1000 years of climate warming yet the daily weather can not be forecast with much accuracy. The local weather yesterday and today was supposed to be heavy snow and ice with freezing rain. It did flurry and rain but no ice.

Because humans don't live very long there is a tendency to think the present is the past and future. As the earth cycles around the sun it is not in a static environment. The sun gets warmer and cooler, volcanoes erupt, the earth is either closer or further away from the sun's influence, the moon exerts a pull on the earth's oceans. All of these phenomena are natural and cause change on the earth. Climate will only continue for a thousand year if the earth explodes, or is destroyed by a meteor shower or some or silly proposition. Otherwise climate change will continue forever; warming and cooling.

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