This article comes to us via our friends over at “QUIXOTES LAST STAND” blog, and also from the Idaho Press Tribune. Written by syndicated columnist Susan Stamper Brown, it’s a brief-yet-effective history lesson to combat the Greenie-Weanies and Gaia worshippers among us.
We’ve mentioned this topic before, but this is one of those conversations that isn’t going away anytime soon. There are too many folks whose life’s animating force is seeing to it that I don’t use my air conditioning and that my wife no longer can buy her inhaler.
If there was ever a case to be made for global warming, it would have been in 1936 — back in the days when no one worried about how cow flatulence or greenhouse gas affected the atmosphere.
Unlike anything we’ve experienced since, the three-month long 1936 North American heat wave wiped out crops and snuffed out lives during the Great Depression’s “Dust Bowl” days. The heat wave that began in June largely ended in September, leaving in its wake over 5,000 deaths, drought and widespread destruction. Even as hot as it has been, many of the record-high temperatures experienced then are unmatched today.
To make matters worse, the 1936 heat wave was preceded by one of the most severe cold waves of the 1930s. The 1936 North American cold wave included recorded wind chills of minus-100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Midwest, ending with March floods. People concentrated on how to put the next meal on the table rather than obsessing over things like air temperature fluctuations.
It’s good they didn’t obsess, because temperatures returned to normal that fall, just like the cold front making its way across the country is doing today as I write.
Every time I read a breathless article from an enviro-nut, or see a new dictate from the EPA, I am astonished anew at the hubris of these folks. We can’t prevent hurricanes or tornadoes, we can’t make it rain in a drought, or warm when it’s cold. Who are they kidding? And even when we DO screw up, nature always manages to deal with it:
It’s funny how nature has a way of rebounding all by itself. The BP Gulf Oil Spill illustrates this “God Factor” in contradiction to everything alarmists believe. A most informative Jan. 10, 2011 Time Magazine article, “After the Great Spill: How the Gulf Cleaned Itself” explains how it did just that when “microscopic bacteria” digested “much of the hydrocarbons while they were still deep under the surface.” Texas A&M University chemical oceanographer John Kessler said the spill “helped us understand the capacity of a natural system to handle this kind of event by itself.” Wow.
Kessler’s study also found formally “significant amounts of methane” scientists thought might impact global warming and assumed “would be around for years” had “largely disappeared” when “methanotrophs (bacteria that feed off methane)” mopped up most of the mess.
Reasonable stewardship of the planet is a non-partisan no-brainer, but there is a line to be drawn at the point where choices inflict indelible injury on mankind — making man subservient to the very things created to serve him.
No one is preaching that we waste energy or resources wantonly, or is suggesting we wreak havoc and destruction throughout the wilderness just for a lark. But we have the highest standard of living on the planet. The poor in other countries would beat you senseless to be “poor” here. Even during our recent economically-lackluster years, that continues to be true.
With this, as in so many other areas, we are simply looking for balance. And however you wish to define it, balance most definitely does not mean “making man subservient to the very things created to serve him“.