One of the drawbacks to living in this part of the world, Oklahoma, it is hot. We have despicable weather, some of it severe, some of it nice (not much of that), heat that is at times almost unbearable, linked up with high digit humidity, on some days, a lethal mix.
Another thing that happens is it never seems to cool down at night, when it heats up in Oklahoma, it stays hot, long after the sun has disappeared.
You can go to other places and it heats up in the day, but it cools down at night and the temperatures are not all that severe due to the lack of humidity, but here, it is miserable in the summertime. I just finished reading this piece on scientists and global warming, doing my best to get a handle on some of this, try to understand the physic’s in play.
Scientists are those whacky guys that feed a bunch of numbers into massive super computers, statistic’s, random numbers, proables, and then throw in for good measure those things that could and could not happen — mix it all up, run around to the other end and patiently wait to see what comes out.
I call it the “What If Factor?” What if the temperature here goes up, what if the ocean current switches 2 degrees north, what if ……. Well, you get the idea.
Recently scientists fed a truckload of numbers to a super computer concerning the weather and some of it is pretty astonishing. Here is a small part of what they discovered. It is going to get hotter, a lot hotter. If you believe you are hot now, you haven’t seen anything yet. Our grandchildren will scoff at these present temperatures, a 100* day will actually be a cool down, a relief.
In the year 2100 it is predicted that 100* days will be in effect, cool off periods.
The computer simulation pointed out that cities like Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Kansas City are 105*, 112*, and 109* today. In the next few decades, these kind of temp’s will seem lovely and cool. In the 22nd century it is going to get hotter, and it is going to last longer. The same three cities will then be 110*, 117* and 116* and cities closer to the equator will fare even worse.
Delhi India, should see 120*, Baghdad, Iraq, will reach 122* for example, the computer test revealed all these things. Heat can be a killer, when the temperature shot up to 106* in Chicago (not long ago 1995) some 600 persons died. Especially at risk are the old and the elderly. So it appears our days are truly numbered and we best find some solutions to our problems and do it quickly.
Can T.B. Pickens be right, can he be trusted? Is anyone out there crunching the numbers he is projecting? We are not the Saudi Arabia of Natural Gas, the wind doesn’t blow every day (although in Oklahoma it often seems like it does) and the sunshine isn’t always going to be there when you are going to need it.
From what I gather about all this. Mr. Pickens assumes that as we give up one thing (gasoline and oil) it will free up something down the line (natural gas) and as wind power comes on line, (we give up coal and natural gas). In theory it sounds somewhat plausible, but American’s are not known for giving up things, they are known for consuming things.
Are people like him and Al Gore the forerunners and true prophets of our impending doom? Are we most certainly be required to cough up the estimated $3 trillion to complete these ideas. Bet on it. We seem to be hearing nothing but progressive talk from all these lofty Messianic Energy priests.
Then there is reality. Mr. Gore, he talks the talk, but it appears that he is not walking the walk.
Recently Al Gore showed up for a speaking engagement in two super sized Lincoln Town Cars and a full-growed S.U.V.. He lives in a 10,000 sq ft. home in Tennessee that has a carbon footprint that is five times the size of the Average American home. Mr. Pickens is buying up all the water rights in West Texas and he orders wind farm projects like we buy lite bulbs.
We have all these canaries in the mine, and for now, they are still singing. But for how long. It just doesn’t make good sense to mix “science and myth” together. I am going with the scientists and the super computer (predictions) which I believe is telling me, it is going to get hotter, it is going to get a LOT hotter.
Best find some shade.