Forests around Norton Virginia

Common Sense Environmentalism 50 Years of Observation

by Lewis Loflin

Above are the vast healthy forest that cover 90% or more of Appalachia. In this case my hometown of Norton, Virginia. The strip mines have long grown over and the region is awash in deer and black bear - in fact some areas are getting overrun.

In East Tennessee bears are invading towns and have to be shot. We have so many auto accidents involving deer I drive home slowly from work after hitting three myself. When I grew up in the 1960-70s we were warned ecological collapse was due any day.

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Date October 2018.

Summary: Coming of age in the 1970s I grew up reading about impending ice ages, mass starvation, resource depletion, etc. 50 years of alarmism and failed predictions is why I'm skeptical of such claims today - I believed them then, not today.

With a broad background in science and technology I'm a stickler for the scientific method, not merely "authority". I hate religion and religious concepts. Technology and economic freedom are key to solving many of our problems in relation to the environment.

See Lewis Loflin Electronics Background Biography.

This is a story of my journey to skeptic to what has become to me a another failed ideology. Climate change is the latest iteration of a decades old desire to re-engineer society. To found a new belief system more in tune with New Age spiritualism and deadly opposed to traditional Christian and Western culture.

The Bible with a transcendent deity places man above Nature; the new Green faith places the Earth (Gaia) above humanity.

For the record I am NOT a Christian and never have been. I'm a rationalist. I believe in science and technology, not the corrupted nonsense that passes for government funded science today. Science is often funded to get an expected result to justify desired public policy.

Prior to the Manhattan Project that gave us the nuclear bomb under FDR, science research was funded by private money - America was the greatest innovator in the world.

Two books stand out as to why I consider environmentalism not science but religion. Al Gore's Book Earth in the Balance (1992) proves conclusively in his own words he is on a religious crusade. I own the book.

Another influence is The Ages of Gaia (1988) by James Lovelock. He addresses how his Gaia hypothesis has become a religion. Yes, he uses the word "religion" - his words not mine. This was to defend his original book Gaia, a new look at life on earth. (1979)

Science 101

Ref. 11/17/2008 "Water vapor confirmed as major player in climate change."

10% of the earth's water is water vapor. Plants use water for photosynthesis which releases water into the atmosphere. Plants produce water vapor as does the oceans and surface water evaporation. More vegetation more water vapor more LOCAL climate variation, more water more plants, etc. The process is known as transpiration.

Water vapor can be as high as 4% of the atmosphere or 40,000 PPM. Formula = N% X 10,000

CO2 is 400 PPM depending on temperature. Warm water holds less CO2 than cold water. The atmosphere is 0.04% CO2.

Ratio of water vapor to CO2 is 100 to 1.

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