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Climate assessment can’t happen overnight

First of all, I am not a climate change denier.

To the contrary, I absolutely know it exists, having taught earth science for over 40 years.

But since our new president has been preaching, even before being elected, that he will “follow the science” to help him make decisions for the good of the country, I would like to set a few things straight.

President Joe Biden follows science except when it is not convenient for his climate change agenda.

The definition of climate is not a year, or 10 years, or even 100 years. It is an average over hundreds, even thousands of years.

Anything else is just weather, which has been proven by our meager collected statistics to be very cyclical.

In 1974, Time magazine claimed a polar vortex was caused by global cooling. The same Time in 2014 claimed the polar vortex was caused by global warming.

Nonsense. That’s cyclical weather patterns. Claims of this hottest year or that hottest year on record? We’ve only been really gathering solid statistics for a hundred years or so. Again, more weather patterns.

Carbon dioxide seems to be taking the brunt of agenda-driven blame for climate change. More non-science nonsense.

Carbon dioxide makes up .0004% of the earth’s atmosphere, while fossil fuels make up 3.5% of carbon dioxide emitted each year.

Humans pour out about 30 tons of carbon dioxide in a lifetime. Greenhouse gases take their share of the blame too, but 95% of those are water vapor, aka clouds, and those make up less than 2% of the total gases of the atmosphere.

U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry has admitted that even if our country eliminates all burning of fossil fuels, it would have zero impact on the earth’s climate due to the rest of the world continuing down its dark path.

What kind of logic is this?

The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed but may be changed from one form to another, meaning the total energy of an isolated system — earth — remains constant or is conserved.

So what adds to or subtracts from the earth’s energy? Only the sun.

We heat during the day and cool at night. Science tells us clearly that the sun heats up and cools down cyclically, affecting climate.

As we can see from our seasonal temperature changes, even a slight wobble in the earth’s rotation or orbit can also have an impact on climate.

Ten thousand years ago, the Great Lakes and Finger Lakes were formed from an ice age. The glaciers stopped less than 100 miles from Altoona, forming one of our state parks, Moraine State Park.

Following the science, it will be another seven or so thousand years for the next in a long series of ice ages.

Now that’s an example of climate change.

Joe Maschue

Altoona

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