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Congressional Bartender Clueless on Earth Science

by Lewis Loflin

I've dealt in science and technology my entire life. The lack of interest in science and the level of science education in America is terrifying. Terrifying because non-scientists use these issues seeking power and wealth.

The breathtaking advance of technology and science has saved billions of lives and lifted billions from poverty. All of that is in danger from ideological fanatics.

What is the real agenda of the Green socialists such as Bernie Sanders and bartender Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.):

"We can use the transition to 100 percent renewable energy as the vehicle to truly deliver and establish economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America."

Her words not mine. This would wreck the economy and drive most Americans into 3rd world destitution.

A 2018 Gallup poll shows 57% of Democrats support socialism. Why don't they move to Venezuela?

It is about socialism. The same socialism that destroyed Venezuela. Facts are this bartender-elect doesn't have a clue on science or anything else. So here they are.

Water vapor -- A greenhouse gas, like carbon dioxide, it represents around 80 percent of total greenhouse gas mass in the atmosphere and 90 percent of greenhouse gas volume. Water vapor and clouds account for 66 to 85 percent of the greenhouse effect, compared to a range of 9 to 26 percent for CO2. Feb 4, 2008 The water vapor feedback -- Yale Climate Connections.

By volume, dry air contains 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.03-0.04% carbon dioxide and small amounts of other gases. Air also contains a variable amount of water vapor, on average around 1% at sea level, and 0.4% over the entire atmosphere. Ref. Atmosphere of Earth - Wikipedia.

With water vapor responsible for as much as 85% of the greenhouse effect and 10 to 33 times greater amount than CO2, CO2 is background noise.

According to a report based on data from the I.P.C.C at the UN (based as usual on computer model projections, not actual measurements) is as follows. In the 1990s CO2 production was (in millions of metric tons) natural is 770,000, man-made 23,100, total 793,100. Or 2.9% human induced.

Of that most is absorbed by the environment leaving only ~1.5% from all sources. Margin of error wasn't stated but is significant..

Yet the amount of natural produced CO2 varies with temperature, volcanism, etc. making the above 770,000 unpredictable and highly variable - overwhelming the minor human addition. Warmer temperatures mean out-gassing from the oceans.

At the same with warmer temperatures the carbon cycle ratchets up where CO2 is locked into new carbonate rock (limestone) formation in the oceans. NASA reports a massive uptick in plant growth that absorbs CO2 and further speeds up the carbon cycle. This is called negative feedbacks. That is why the real-world observations are completely at odds with computer model virtual world climate.

The alarmists claim CO2 today is higher than the past 400,000 years. Most of that is true because most of the last 400,000 has been ice ages. Cold water absorbs large amounts of CO2 that dropped levels so low forests died out due to CO2 starvation. The colder climate from (Little Ice Age) from 1300-1800 likely dropped CO2 levels then. What we see since warming began in 1800 is a return to more normal.

Humans have certainly added to that, but there is no empirical proof of ill effects. Poverty in poor nations is far more important an issue. Poverty leads to environmental destruction.