By Tom Quiner
True or false: the earth is fragile.
Since the dawn of “Earth Day” in my high school days, liberal elites have told us that, YES, the earth is indeed very fragile.
They warned us of an impending ice age back in the seventies. Then they changed course and said that the earth is warming due to man, and that we need to cut back on all sorts of things and lower our standard of living.
Then, when studies came out that questioned if the earth is really warming at all, they changed the moniker on the crisis from “global warming” to “climate change.”
It’s really hard to keep up.
I think the question posed at the outset is an interesting one, though. Is the earth fragile or not?
We know that it has withstood repeated 13,300 15-kiloton atomic bomb explosions, or at least their equivalent, throughout history. That’s the equivalent force (200 megatons of TNT) of the bomb that leveled Hiroshima in 1945.
That’s the kind of force that has hammered this planet with the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in 1883 and 535 A.D., and the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption.
Those eruptions all took place in the area of what is modern day Indonesia. If you add in eruptions in Iceland (1947) and Alaska (1912), scientists calculate that these manifestations of Mother Nature pumped more carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide into our precious atmosphere than ALL of man’s activities in our ENTIRE history.
Mother Earth is one, tough mama!
In that light, it kind of makes one scratch his head and wonder if man is really responsible for the
Keep in mind, there are scientists who do believe in the above, but they tend to be the ones who receive buckets of research dollars to support this environmental theology.
Other scientists are skeptical.
For example, Ivar Giaever, a 1973 Nobel Laureate for physics, questioned climate change science:
“The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me . . . that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this ‘warming’ period.”
For example, Harold Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics at University of California at Santa Barbara, questions climate change science. He said global warming is:
“the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.
For example, a recent peer-reviewed survey of geo scientists and engineers (earth scientists) revealed that only 36% believe that man is creating a global warming crisis.
A strong majority believe that Mother Nature is the culprit, and that any future global warming won’t cause problems.
A separate study of meteorologists produced similar results.
As I write this, global warming alarmists who are studying the melting ice caps are, guess what?, stuck in the arctic ice!
Do you think the earth could survive a thousand atomic bombs going off at once in the same place? Well it did. I was a kid when it happened. Yes, the 1960 Valdivia earthquake in Chile came in at 9.5 on the Richter scale, the same force as a thousand A-bombs.
And there were similar catastrophic earthquakes in 1556 in China, in the Indian Ocean in 2004, and Japan in 2011.
I could go on and talk about asteroids that have pounded our planet; and the floods, and the hurricanes … and more that continually devastate our lovely planet. And yet Mother Earth keeps bouncing back.
Mother Earth is not fragile. In fact, as the old saying goes, our mama wears army boots!