Saturday, December 13, 2008

Global warming fear-mongering is here to stay

My post a couple days ago about the Argo ocean monitoring system got me wondering. How does one maintain a network of over 3000 buoys floating around the world? And how much does each one of them cost in the first place? If something goes wrong, how are they repaired or replaced? I found the answers to some of these and other questions in this article.
"We have 3,000 floats now — but you have to keep replacing them," Riser said. "This is only the beginning."

[ ... ]

Each buoy costs about $20,000 to build and deploy. To keep the network at its current strength will require about 700 replacements a year, at a cost of $14 million. More than 20 nations have contributed to the project so far, with the U.S. picking up half the tab [Natch. --ed.].
OK, so they cost a lot of money, but I guess $14 million a year isn't a whole lot in the grand scheme of things. But what are they telling us about global warming?

Argo data also are pointing up weaknesses in the current understanding of climate change. Between 2003 and 2007, Argo floats measured no appreciable warming in the upper oceans — despite the fact that temperatures on land have continued to break records. At the same time, sea level is rising faster than can be explained by melting glaciers alone, said Josh Willis, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.

"The lack of warming over a period of a few years isn't really that surprising, because of all the natural variability," he said. "It's a bit of a mystery what's going on with sea level." Which is all the more reason to make sure Argo keeps running, Trenberth said.

In other words, they're not telling us squat, and they're sure as hell not doing anything to support the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming, since so much of that rests on increases in ocean temperatures. But that's "all the more reason to make sure Argo keeps running".

Which brings me back to why I titled this post as I did. Global warming fear-mongering won't go away as long as lots of people are making lots of money off of it. And it seems that this is one business that will continue to thrive in the global recession.


J.R. said...

Global Warming is now "Climate Change"

new buzz word

Eric said...

Yeah, I know. But when pressed for the cause of climate change they still rely on the global warming junk science.

Ayrdale said...

...and when the dust settles, the biggest mistake made in the battle for hearts and minds will be seen to be Al Gore's desperate and arrogant statement that "the debate is over, the science is settled..."
There are still plenty of men and women of integrity in the scientific community, and they have taken umbrage at the scientific abuses perpetrated in their name. Here are some of them, and they will not be silenced...

Eric said...

Thanks for the link, Ayrdale!