It was once a bustling city with thousands of residents. Now, like a host of
other cities in the region, it lies deserted, an apparent victim of climate
change. It is highly doubtful that high atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide
(CO2) caused by human activities were the cause. Did Mother Nature do it?The Chinese city of Shimao came to its inglorious end over 3,500 years ago.
Climate Change- Is Man at Fault or Mother Nature?
Climate change is as real today as it was hundreds and thousands of years
ago. According to LongRangeWeather.com,global temperatures have
made 78 major changes in the last 4,500 years. That pattern will certainly
continue in the future, so the relevant question is not whether climate will
continue to change, but to what degree anthropogenic activity contributes
to climate change and what are the best methods of minimizing its impact?
Emissions limiting agreements between nations and the resulting
government regulations have proven largely ineffective. In spite of the
Kyoto Protocol, the Doha Amendment and the Paris Agreement,
greenhouse gas emissions have increased, (often at a greater rate than
before these agreements were signed) as have atmospheric CO2 levels, as
reported by climate.gov.
Political Schemes – Like the Green New Deal Disregard Mother Nature
Equally ineffective and quite possibly counter-productive are political
schemes such as the Green New Deal which is essentially a socialist
manifesto masquerading as a climate change initiative. Much of the 14-
page resolution dictates extensive government expense to fund socialist
programs. Included are: “providing resources, training, and high-quality
education, including higher education, to all people of the United States”,
“guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and
medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the
United States;” and “providing all people of the United States with high-
quality health care; affordable, safe, and adequate housing; economic
security; and clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and
access to nature.”
It comes as no surprise that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have
increased at a relatively consistent rate, even during periods when carbon dioxide emissions have declined. In fact, a graph produced by climate.gov
shows CO2 levels steadily increasing during and immediately after periods
of notable drops in CO2 emissions.
Human Activities Not the Sole Issue – Mother Nature has something to say
Two things are abundantly clear; human activities aren’t the sole driver of
climate change and significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions will
not result from government regulations and climate agreements that are
thinly veiled tax schemes. Old technology creates greenhouse gas
emissions; new technology is required to reduce them.
New technology is essential because the most significant driver of CO2
emissions is human population, which has more than doubled in the past
60 years. The Center for Biological Diversity states, A 2009 study of the
relationship between population growth and global warming determined
that the “carbon legacy” of just one child can produce 20 times more
greenhouse gas than a person will save by driving a high-mileage car,
recycling, using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs, etc. Each child
born in the United States will add about 9,441 metric tons of carbon dioxide
to the carbon legacy of an average parent. The study concludes, “Clearly,
the potential savings from reduced reproduction are huge compared to the
savings that can be achieved by changes in lifestyle.
There is virtually no chance of reducing world population, consequently, the only option for reducing anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and other
greenhouse gasses is to develop the technology needed to enable people
to maintain their desired lifestyles while reducing emissions.
Political Intervention Causes Problems
That will necessitate elimination of political intervention. To date many
“green technologies” that have been lauded by politicians simply move
emissions to another time and place. Electric vehicles (EV) are one
example; they have no visible CO2 emissions; EV emissions hit the
atmosphere during the manufacture of batteries, and the generation of the
electricity needed to charge them.
In the years ahead, technology will advance, and greenhouse gas
emissions will decline. That may or may not have a positive effect on
climate change. It all depends on whether the forces of nature cooperate.
Featured photo via Nasa Climate Change
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