To the horror of environmentalists,expert opinion--and this doesn't mean the so-called "right-wing nut jobs"--suggests that climate change has done a lot more good than harm to Mother Earth so far and is likely to continue doing so for the next seven decades.
In an article appearing in The Spectator, written by the British scientist and journalist Matt Ridley, the chief benefits of global warming include:
- fewer winter deaths (fact: more people die in the winter than in the summer);
- lower energy costs (fact: less energy is consumed during the summer);
- better agricultural yields;
- probably fewer droughts; and,
- maybe richer biodiversity.
Let there be no doubt about it: There are negative effects.
But, according to Professor Richard Tol of Sussex University, that's to focus exclusively on one rather than the many other effects of global warming. These include the positive, economic, ecological, humanitarian, and financial effects. Tol reviewed 14 research studies examining the effects of future climate trends, finding that the overall effect of global warming today is a net positive and is likely to stay positive until around 2080.
How is this possible?
Climate change in the past century has improved human welfare, evident in a 1.4% increase in global economic output, rising to 1.5% by 2025. For some people, this increase in global economic output is the difference between survival and starvation.
A few other facts Ridley has found:
- The greatest benefit from climate change comes not from temperature change but from carbon dioxide itself. Contrary to Al Gore's fearmongering, carbon dioxide isn't a pollutant. No, it's the raw material from which plants make carbohydrates and, thereafter, proteins and fats. Because carbon dioxide is an extremely rare trace gas in the air--less than 0.04% of the air on average--plants struggle to absorb enough of it.
- Despite all of the propaganda promoted by those who worship at the altar of environmentalism decrying how global warming is making polar bears an extinct species, the fact is that they're thriving! Worse yet, the three years with the lowest polar bear cub survival in the western Hudson Bay (1974, 1984, 1992) cited by the environmentalists were when the ocean's ice was too thick for ringed seals to appear in good numbers in spring. Bears need broken ice if they are to maul those unarmed ringed seals to death and consume them as if they are Beluga caviar.
- Building wind turbines, growing biofuels, and substituting wood for coal in power stations--all policies those who worship at the altar of environmentalism have designed explicitly to combat climate change--have had just about 0% effect on carbon dioxide emissions. But, those very policies have driven people into fuel poverty, made industries uncompetitive, driven up food prices, accelerated the destruction of forests, killed rare birds of prey, and divided communities. All in the name of false science!
The "take away"?
Any serious person stands foursquare for policies that are constructed upon the solid foundation of careful stewardship of the environment. Doing so is a biblical imperative. As an ideology, however, sober research and analysis of the effects of the ideology of environmentalism indicates that those who worship at the altar of environmentalism are doing real harm today as they seek to impede the implementation of sensible policies that would continue producing net benefits for another seven decades.
Let the discussion begin...
To read Matt Ridley's article, click on the following link:
"Why Climate Change Is Good for the World."