At a time when global warming is purported to be a “settled” science, it seems particularly odd that volcanoes are now presumed to be the cause of “the pause.” A recent study, published by climatescience.com, seems to indicate that global warming scientists are confused about what Volcanoes pump into the atmosphere. Evidently, the same CO2, water vapors and sulfides known as “greenhouse gases” when they are generated by man, are responsible for cooling the atmosphere, when generated by a volcano.
Consequently, the almost 19 year “pause” in measurable global warming can now safely be attributed to, oddly enough, volcanic activity. According to these poor confused global warming scientists, at any rate. Volcanoes seem to be an unlikely scapegoat, given the kinds of gases they put out, but beggars cannot be choosers. The complete lack of measurable rise in global temperatures, despite the past two decades being record breakers for human use of hydrocarbons for fuel, have sent global warming scientists down some of the most fascinating rabbit trails.
The world’s oceans, for instance, were said to have been “absorbing all of the excess heat.” Charts and graphs and detailed scientific journals were written, specifically in support of that “fact.” However, now that volcanoes are responsible for temperatures not rising whatsoever, are people supposed to completely disbelieve the “oceans” theory? Obviously, both sets of global warming scientists cannot be right at the same time: Either the oceans were absorbing excess heat, or there was no excess heat for them to absorb. How volcanoes can confuse global warming scientists, may itself remain a mystery for decades to come.
Typically, the greatest percentage by volume of gas released by volcanic activity is water vapor (H2O). Which, as has been reported earlier in the Guardian Liberty Voice and elsewhere, is the single most important greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere. Followed of course by carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) by volume. Volcanoes also spit out hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride and helium, respectively.
The fact that volcanoes, when they explode, do tend to cool the surface temperatures of the earth, is not in dispute. Volcanic ash acts in much the same way regular clouds do, blocking the light which produces the heat. The fact to bear in mind however – which seems to completely escape the global warming community – is that erupting volcanoes introduce more CO2 [correction: greenhouse gasses] into the atmosphere in a day, than mankind can produce in a decade. Not to mention the copious amounts of water vapor, which is an actual greenhouse gas.
The climatescience.com article goes on to mention how volcanic gases negatively impact people with asthma or other respiratory problems, as well as the ozone layer. The mere fact that the ozone layer is brought up, indicates that the climate scientists are confused about that issue, as well. The “ozone layer” is a misnomer attached to a zone where an effect can be observed. Ozone itself has little or nothing to do with blocking harmful UV rays from the sun. Ozone is merely a byproduct which occurs when oxygen blocks UV rays.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays traveling from the sun vibrate at an extremely high frequency. It is that very vibration rate which makes them dangerous. Oxygen (O2) has a lighter specific gravity than all the other gases in the atmosphere, causing it to want to rise above the nitrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2). At certain altitudes, incoming UV rays will be absorbed by the O2 molecules, slowing their vibration and busting the two ions apart. Those free ions will immediately bond with other O2 molecules creating O3, or “ozone” as it is more commonly referred to. The oxygen is what is protecting the earth from those harmful UV rays, the ozone is simply a byproduct of that process.
The much ballyhooed “holes” in the ozone, only happen over the poles during their respective winters. When no sunlight is striking the atmosphere above the poles, no ozone is being created. The holes are normal, natural, cyclical and completely predictable. The “ozone layer” has never been in any danger, nor has it ever had any impact on global warming.
Volcanoes impact temperatures, as they have throughout the whole history of the planet. Nothing mankind can do will ever impact global warming, or global cooling, the way volcanoes do. Mankind using “fossil fuels” and other cheap, readily available, virtually infinite hydrocarbon-based energy sources, cannot impact climate to any degree worth mentioning. The mere fact that global warming scientists are confused by volcanoes, brings the entire field of study into question.
Commentary by Ben Gaul