The following observation remains as true today as it was 2,000 years ago : “…as one civilization succeeded another the men of each epoch believed that the world began with them.” — Josephus, The Life Against Apion, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 186), Edited by G. P. Gould, Page 167, year 1997.
Because increasing entropy is the state of the universe, saving a planet or solar system, nebula or galaxy, or a local group of galaxies, etc., is not possible, nor is saving the earth. The Three Laws of Thermodynamics preclude any and all uncertainty:
- The first law, also known as Law of Conservation of Energy, states that energy cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system.
- The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of any isolated system always increases.
- The third law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of a system approaches a constant value as the temperature approaches absolute zero.
In his masterful work Ultimate Resource-2, Julian Simon reminds us all, you and me, that it wasn’t so long ago that Climate Alarmists were warning mankind of the terrors of impending Global Cooling, to wit, [C]limatologist J. Murray Mitchell, then of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, noted in 1976 that “The media are having a lot of fun with this situation (Global Cooling) :
“Whenever there is a cold wave, they seek out a proponent of the Ice‑age‑is‑coming School and put his theories on page one… Whenever there is a heatwave… they turn to his opposite number, [who predicts] a kind of heat death of the earth.”
The cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people in poor nations. It has already made food and fuel more precious, thus increasing the price of everything we buy. If it continues, and no strong measures are taken to deal with it, the cooling will cause world famine, world chaos, and probably world war, and this could all come by the year 2000. (Lowell , The Cooling, 1976)
The facts have emerged, in recent years and months, from research into past ice ages. They imply that the threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind. (Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist and producer of scientific television documentaries, “In the Grip of a New Ice Age,” International Wildlife, July 1975)
At this point, the world’s climatologists are agreed… Once the freeze starts, it will be too late. (Douglas Colligan, “Brace Yourself for Another Ice Age,” Science Digest, February 1973)
I believe that increasing global air pollution, through its effect on the reflectivity of the earth, is currently dominant and is responsible for the temperature decline of the past decade or two. (Reid Bryson, “Environmental Roulette,” Global Ecology: Readings Toward a Rational Strategy for Man, John P Holdren and Paul R. Ehrlich, eds., 1971).”
The so-called Climate Debate is about one thing and one thing only: the acquisition and exercise of political power (period).