Proposing A Return To 19th Century CO2 Levels

Hansen doesn’t go far enough. We should go back to the CO2 levels of the last decade of the 19th century, which brought record heat, fire, tornadoes and hurricanes.

The hottest decade in Arizona was the 1890s.

ARIZONA Climate Summary

New Mexico’s worst forest fire occurred in the 1890s.

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The deadliest tornado season was 1897

The deadliest hurricane, and massive forest fires occurred on the same day in 1900.

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Not to mention a whole decade of spectacular weather disasters.

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1898

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19 May 1898 – GREAT FLOOD IN ILLINOIS. TERRIBLE SCENES

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1897

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1896

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18 Jul 1896 – Great Heat in Europe. NUMEROUS CASES OF SUNSTROK…

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18 Feb 1896 – GREAT HEAT WAVE. SHADE HEAT HIGHEST ON RECORD. A…

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07 Jul 1896 – A SEVERE WINTER. EXTREME COLD.

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13 Feb 1896 – THE WEATHER. THE MONSOONAL RAINFALL. PHENOMENAL …

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14 Aug 1896 – HEAT IN AMERICA. TERRIBLE MORTALITY. (By Cable M…

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1893

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19 Aug 1893 – INTENSE HEAT IN EUROPE.

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18 Feb 1893 – THE FLOODS IN QUEENSLAND. HEAVY RAIN STILL FALLI…

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1892

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The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893)
<Thursday 9 June 1892>

An Alaskan Glacier.

The Muir glacier, which is the great wonder of of Alaska, was, says a scientific writer in the Globe, doubtless discovered by Vancouver in 1791, but Professor John Muir was the first to describe it. Muir Inlet, at the head of Glacier Bay, is thetermination of this great ” river of ice.” The wall of blue ice is there a mile long and about 400 feet high. It is worn into towers, castles, and caverns, and is continually discharging fragments, from the size of a paving-stone to that of Cologne Cathedral. These falling into the sea cast up the spray for hundreds of feet into the air, and send forth waves which dash upon the shores and echo like thunder among the mountains. The Muir glacier is really a sea of ice, with numerous branches in the valleys, any one of which is as large as the Gomer or Aletzch glacier of Switzerland. It is according to Mr. S. P. Baldwin, a recent visitor, as large as all the Alpine glaciers in one, being 1,200 square miles in area. The ice is 1,000 feet thick at the mouth in Muir Inlet, and the glacier, is estimated to comprise as much water as Lake Erie. It discharges 77 billion cubic feet of ice as icebergs, and 175 billion cubic feet of water by melting every year. The centre of the glacier, where the motion is quickest, is so rough and broken into crevasses that it is con- sidered impassable. The eastern half, however, can be travelled as far as the névé. Professor

Wright has found the motion at the centre to be as much as 65 feet a day, whereas that of the Alpine glaciers is only 33 inches or so. As much as 90 feet a day has been found in the case of a Greenland glacier. The Muir glacier has once extended much further into the bay, and is now receding every year, while the sources of the ice supply are failing.

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3 Responses to Proposing A Return To 19th Century CO2 Levels

  1. Eric Simpson says:

    Civilization’s Wrecking Ball
    The radical cap & trade bill that passed the U.S. House in the early summer of 2009 dictated that there would be mandatory 83% CO2 cuts by 2050 — back to 1867 per capita use levels, back to when all we had was a few trains sputtering around, no cars, no planes, lights, vacuums, refridgerators, air conditioners, electric stoves, computers, TVs. No power stations… at all.
    This would have taken a wrecking ball to civilization. No joke. The notion that appliances and engines would gain tenfold in efficiency is pure poppycock. Cap & trade would have started to immediately cut into our industrial base, causing widespread shut downs of industrial facilities of every stripe. Energy prices would skyrocket, and that is putting it lightly. Availability of products, of nearly every kind, would be severely retarded. Scores of millions would suffer unemployment or underemployment as the economy cratered. But this is exactly what the fear-mongering Chicken Littles desire. It is the leftist dream. Some quotes:

    “A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States… ” –John Holdren (1973), Obama’s Science Czar
    “Isn’t the only hope for this planet the total collapse of industrial civilisation? Is it not our responsibility to ensure that this collapse happens? ” –Maurice Strong, ex UNEP Director
    “My [goal is to] destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness… returning throughout the world.” –David Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!
    “We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster… to bomb us into the stone age, where we might live like Indians… with our localism… our gardens, our homemade religion.” — Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalogue
    Think that this desire to return to stone age is not alive and well? Look what’s happening right now in Tombstone AZ. See the Fox report at the link with John Stossel reporting! In Tombstone, pipes for their water supply were destroyed in a fire and subsequent mudslides. Obama’s “wilderness officials,” despite the fact that nearly zero animals are living there now in fire gutted region, will not let them repair the pipes unless “horses and stone tools” are used. A wheelbarrow was deemed “too mechanized” and not allowed. Absolute insanity. See the link: http://www.allamericanblogger.com/21262/dc-tells-tombstone-az-they-can-repair-water-system-as-long-as-they-use-horses-and-hand-tools/

    • Andy DC says:

      Eric,

      Good post! Most people have no conception of just how bad it would be.

      Andy

      • Eric Simpson says:

        Thanks! I was wondering whether anyone would see it, at the bottom of this great but longish post. But I spread it around a bit now to hotair and wuwt. I hope you check out the Tombstone link. I wasn’t even really sure that the legend of Tombstone was an actual place, but It’s kind of ironic, you have Tombstone symbolizing raw and rough freedom and the American frontier spirit… cowed or rolled over by the federal pencil-pushing bureaucrats and econuts.

        So, what Tombstone shows is that not only would cap & trade directly cause deindustrialization, but the leftists if they could would simply mandate deindustrialization wherever they can. Would wheelbarrows be “too mechanized?”

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