“…I KNOW at least my part of the world hasn’t warmed up. It’s getting cooler over the last couple of years at least…”
I tell you what, I’m freezing up here in Albany. I could use some warming right now!
I too grew up and still live in an agricultural type of lifestyle. I remember hotter years and conditions, but also remember bitter cold winters with lots of snow. I have pictures of me next to my folks Pontiac Catalina going thru an ENORMOUS snow bank in 69 or 70. I also remember the fear of the next Ice Age in the 1970’s. I remember ponds where the cows would water drying up some summers. The point is that the weather cycles for this planet are cyclic. Relax the sky is not falling
I am not a climate scientist, but I do design and build process control and instrumentation, along with data acquisition systems (DAQ). I do understand very well temperature sensors and all the complexities that go into data acquisition. I also understand the practical limits to electronic instruments and what reasonable result may be obtained. I will say without hesitation that most folks really don’t know what they are looking at. That is not an insult to anybody, rather a real-world assessment of people and their individual abilities.
It really frosts me that there are those in the scientific community who are trying to SCARE ordinary people with impressive graphs and ominous numbers. Science is supposed to be objective; sometimes you are right, sometimes you are wrong. Being man enough to admit your theory was not right meant you are OPEN MINDED enough to learn more about the subject. And go back and unravel the parts that you missed the first time.
Science (and engineering to some extent) is now about performing experiments UNTIL you get the result you want. Nobody wants to hit the wall of failure and go back to start over. I believe it’s a function of our “everybody wins” culture, and perhaps the current crop of scientists/engineers never had anybody say no to them as children. But I’m an engineer, not a therapist I’ll leave that for another discussion.
The art of good engineering and science I feel has been lost to this generation. I spent my years as a technician working with an old seasoned GE engineer, Vince. He was a slide rule WW2 era engineer but was very skilled on his Mac (anybody remember Appletalk?). He was a slave driver and drove me like a mule! But towards the end I really like that guy, he taught me how to be objective and open minded. Plus he taught me DISCIPLINE and good engineering practice. I’m not an old timer yet (I’m 42) but I don’t see the same level of discipline in the young crop of engineers.
And that’s another thing; engineering colleges are becoming very liberal. Right out of the gate the new crop of EE’s and MechE’s have a bias; plus an arrogance to anything tried and true. I’m not surprised that there is ridicule towards engineers and scientists who try to show other theories to CO2 increase or temp changes.