3. What Crichton Says about Global Warming
Early in the book, Crichton has one of his characters define global warming as “the heating up of the earth from burning fossil fuels.” (p. 80) Not so, says another character, who defines global warming as follows:
… global warming is the theory that increased levels of carbon dioxide and certain other gases are causing an increase in the average temperature of the earth’s atmosphere because of the so-called ‘greenhouse effect.’ (p. 81, italics in the original)
The second definition is correct. “Global warming” really is only a theory, not a fact, and the words Crichton chose to italicize are all key terms in the scientific debate over whether the theory is correct or not. Over the course of the book, other characters document the following flaws in the theory of global warming:
most of the warming in the past century occurred before 1940, before CO2 emissions could have been a major factor (p. 84);
temperatures fell between 1940 and 1970 even as CO2 levels increased (p. 86);
temperature readings from reporting stations outside the U.S. are poorly maintained and staffed and probably inaccurate; those in the U.S., which are probably more accurate, show little or no warming trend (pp. 88-89);
“full professors from MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Duke, Virginia, Colorado, UC Berkeley, and other prestigious schools … the former president of the National Academy of Sciences … will argue that global warming is at best unproven, and at worst pure fantasy” (p. 90);
temperature sensors on satellites report much less warming in the upper atmosphere (which the theory of global warming predicts should warm first) than is reported by temperature sensors on the ground (p. 99);
data from weather balloons agree with the satellites (p. 100);
“No one can say for sure if global warming will result in more clouds, or fewer clouds,” yet cloud cover plays a major role in global temperatures (p. 187);
Antarctica “as a whole is getting colder, and the ice is getting thicker” (p. 193, sources listed on p. 194);
The Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica has been melting for the past 6,000 years (p. 195, p. 200-201); “Greenland might lose its ice pack in the next thousand years” (p. 363);
I also recommend reading an article in Newsweek magazine published in April of 1975 titled, “The Cooling World”.
I’m getting so tired of this fear mongering by the crazy socialists; I dare not even call them liberals now because they care NOT to liberate us from anything but merely enslave us into their self pleasing agenda of death. They are socialists of the highest order. Al Gore of all people and yet he is listened to!? Once a politician ALWAYS a politician. Once he lost the election he naturally had to make himself a niche in the world to make a living. He’s not a scientist, he’s a talking head. To even think mankind can effect the global environment is ego-centric and ludicrous.
Socialists are always accusing the President and the Republican party of fear mongering but the last time I checked we were in fact bombed with two planes on 9/11. The last time I checked those radical Muslims hate the west and continually wish it to death. Yeah, so lets just ignore 9/11 and the general threat of Terrorism for global warming or any other of the socialists crack pot ideas. It just sickens me. Here in California, the craziest of states, CRV taxes went up (which if I get the refund money have to pay taxes on), and we all have to pay for recycling fees of our TVs and LCDs, as if I don’t pay for it when I go to the dump.
Global warming seems to me to be a cult, a fad and merely a theory. We all can love our environment and protect it as we should, for we are commanded to take dominion and “tend to the garden” but this agenda of “global warming” is only for power and money; which are the goals of post-modernism.