Monday, July 19, 2004

It's Getting Hotter All the Time

Is the world getting warmer? If so, what is the cause? Is it the SUVs? [Favorite bumper sticker of the week seen on a Boulder SUV: "Daddy, where did all the trees go?".]

The truth is we don't know the answers to these questions. It would appear that the world is indeed getting hotter. This may be caused by increased carbon dioxide in the air. It seems pretty clear that there is increased carbon dioxide in the air. But isn't it at least a little daunting that an avowedly anti-scientific age is so willing to swallow whole an elaborate scientific theory, based on the authority of "scientists"?

It seems to me that the alternative hypothesis that the Sun is getting hotter is at least worthy of consideration by anyone who retains an open mind on the subject. (Is there any such person?)

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