Sunday, April 15, 2007

 

Stop Global Warming and Pass the Maple Syrup, Please

Yesterday, rallies were staged around the country to help stop global warming or, maybe climate change.
“When it comes to global warming, I don’t exactly think President Bush is doing such a hot job,” said 12-year-old New Yorker Tiffany Cordero.

Emphasis added
"Hot job?" Well, little Tiffany has a way with words. I'm sure 12-year-olds easily grasp the complexity of "climate change."

Some of the climate change awareness activities amused me.
Participants in Step It Up 2007 will be skiing down a disappearing glacier in Wyoming and diving to a coral reef off the Florida Keys. In Vershire, Vermont, they will be eating pancakes to highlight concerns about how climate change could affect maple syrup production.

In New York City, blue-clad protesters will line up to mark where rising sea levels could move the coastline. San Franciscans will load up their low-emissions vehicles with stuffed polar bears for a trip to a local Hummer dealership, to illustrate worries that warmer temperatures could wipe out the species' habitat.
Skiing down a glacier? I wonder how much CO2 was produced to drive the glacier and reach the point from which the skiing began.

My son and I ate waffles this morning. Does that count as a global warming awareness activity? Additionally, I made the waffles in my own kitchen with my recently purchased waffle iron. We didn't drive anywhere to eat, thus producing excess CO2. I think we have enough carbon offsets for the next week, now.

Scuba diving a coral reef off the Florida Keys also seems a great way to combat global warming. It's only a 160 mile drive from Miami to Key West. Of course, the divers could already live in Key West which means they only have to board a smoke belching, CO2 producing boat to travel to the reef. Ever check out the mpg of a boat? Really, really bad. MPG for a 23' runabout:
At 4000 RPM, the boat was traveling at 28 miles-per-hour, and the FloScan showed fuel consumption at 17 gallons-per-hour. Let's do the math. Come on now, this is really basic stuff, but you can cheat and use a pocket calculator if you have to. The boat was getting 1.65 miles-per-gallon. (28 MPH ÷ 17 GPH = 1.65 MPG)
OMG! An H1 is an economy car by comparison.

We all need to be aware of climate change. It's going to happen, man-made or not. Since we have plenty of time to respond to the threats of climate change, I suggest we begin moving the megalopolises of the eastern seaboard about 20-30 miles or more from the coast. We not only have to worry about rising sea levels from global warming but giant tsunamis.

As for maple syrup, a fellow just east of Portsmouth, OH makes maple syrup from sugar maples in the area. If you compare the average temperatures for
Portsmouth, OH
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg.High38°44°55°66°75°84°86°85°78°68°55°44°
Avg.Low20°24°34°42°51°58°64°62°55°44°35°26°
Mean30°34°45°55°64°71°75°74°67°56°46°35°

to Woodstock, Vermont
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg.High27°30°40°54°67°76°81°78°70°58°44°31°
Avg.Low17°28°40°48°54°51°44°32°25°10°
Mean15°17°28°42°54°64°68°65°57°45°35°21°
you'll see Portsmouth, OH is much warmer. If they can make maple syrup in the Portsmouth area now, why not Vermont if it warms up a few degrees. Is Vermont predicted to become a desert or tropical rain forest in which sugar maples cannot grow?

Hopefully, all the climate change alarmists had a fun time with their "rallies" but next time how about something a little more meaningful. And, try not creating so much CO2 in the process.

Comments:
how about this

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/10/music.liveearth.ap/index.html?section=cnn_latest

LONDON, England (AP) -- Live Earth concerts will be held July 7 in cities around the world, including London, aimed at raising climate change awareness.

Madonna, the Beastie Boys and Black Eyed Peas will headline the concert at Wembley stadium in London. They will be joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Keane, Foo Fighters and others.

Headliners for the U.S. concert at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, include Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Kanye West, Rihanna, John Mayer, Smashing Pumpkins and Fall Out Boy, it was announced Tuesday.

Other shows will take place in Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Organizers have also promised an event in Antarctica.

The concerts mark the start of a new campaign called Save Our Selves, The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis.

"This monster lineup will ensure Live Earth meets our goal of bringing together people from around the world to combat the climate crisis," Live Earth Founder and Executive Producer Kevin Wall said in a statement Tuesday. "Musicians who have answered our call span multiple genres and generations."

The concerts will be broadcast in the U.S. by General Electric Co.'s NBC network and on more than 120 networks around the world, and streamed live online.

Promoters hope the concerts will reach an audience of 2 billion people. Proceeds will create a foundation to combat climate change led by The Alliance for Climate Protection, which is chaired by former Vice President Al Gore.
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of course how are these people to get to the concerts, walking, or driving a convoy of cars, or flying there, and of course the cost of the energy used in playing the music, lighting and heating for the stars. or are they only going to use "green" electricity, the stuff froma cola fired power station the energy get cut off until the next one is hydro
 
Antartica! Geesh, if they have an event in Antartica think how much CO2 producing fuel they'll have to burn to accomplish that! Plus, I wonder how many people will have to go to Antartica to produce the show and what their impact on Antartica's environment will be.

And all this raising awareness, anyone who can do anything about global warming is most likely already aware of it. The idea is to quit producing greenhouse gases which these people are doing just the opposite.
 
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