Honey I Fried the Planet

Check out my first post at RedState.com, Honey I Fried the Planet.

Changes to a complex system will always have unintended consequences. In computer programming these “unintended outputs” are often called “bugs.” While these bugs can down a system, they are rarely fatal. However by attempting to intervene in our planet’s climate, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Take for example Al Gore’s attempts to compensate for his huge carbon footprint by planting trees. It turns out that if these trees are planted in the northern hemisphere, they decrease the earth’s reflectance (albedo) and absorb heat. While planting trees seems so logical to most environmentalists, the consequences of this action in a complex system undermine its rationale. Had Gore been president and used the power of the government to plant millions of hectares of trees in the northern hemisphere, the “inconvenient truth” would have been that he would have made global warming worse.

UPDATE: Here’s my 2nd post at RedState:
Burn Them Alive (Then Plant Trees to Make the Execution Carbon Neutral)

UPDATE AGAIN: And Freeman Dyson isn’t big on AGW either:

British-born physicist Freeman Dyson has revealed three “heresies”, two of which challenge the current scientific orthodoxy that anthropogenic carbon causes climate change.

“The fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated,” writes Dyson in his new book Many Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe, published on Wednesday.

He pours scorn on “the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models”.

UPDATE: A slew of anti-AGW papers hit recently. Here’s a link to them.

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  1. Matthias Urlichs:

    That’s may or may not be correct.

    Yes, trees have lower albedo than dirt. But they also retain water and then release it as moisture, i.e. clouds, i.e. an increased albedo. They also retain heat much better, which serves as a buffer for weather extremes, which we’re seeing more and more of and which may be more detrimental to our quality of living than a few tenths of °C more (or less) average temperature.

    Besides, the 1.3°C warming due to increased CO² has a much smaller error margin, given current climate models, than the 1.6°C of cooling they predicted.

    Bottom line: Science is complicated, especially when it’s a complicated subject.

    So is politics.

    Live with it.

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