Louis Hissink and James F. Evans:Plate tectonics has evolved. The fact a general schematic had to be more complex in nature and show variations is hardly a refutation…This gem is showing the level of the argument:“Thrust faults are seen in the lower slope affecting Units III to VII, and are usually attributed to plate subduction. However, since there are no compressional tectonic features in the underlying units, Choi thinks that they are better interpreted as the result of sediment overloading in the middle to upper slope. He argues that the block-faulted units (I and II), which indicate a predominantly tensional stress regime, and the well-layered, little-disturbed Unit III, are unequivocal evidence against plate subduction.” So compression occurs in the accretionary prism since most sediments, both oceanic, and volcano-detrital series overlying the oceanic basaltic crust do not subduct with the oceanic lithosphere, scrapped by the overlying plate. The flexure of the subducted plate does show horst and grabens consequence of “extra-dos” tensions and there is compression within the lower portion of the plate itself (small seismicity). The fact two different regimes are affecting locally two uncoupled geological elements (except the most basal sediments sheltered in these small crustal grabens) is hardly evidence against subduction!And David Pratt site brings quite a few gems that do not even suggest science:“IntroductionTheosophy teaches that a series of seven root-races or humanities will evolve on earth during the present fourth round, each living on its own ‘continent’. In its broadest sense, the word ‘continent’ is used here to denote all the dry land during the life-period any particular root-race, and in a narrower sense it refers to the central locality where the evolution of a particular race takes place. The midpoint of one root-race sees the emergence of the next, and is marked by a series of geological cataclysms, involving the submergence of old landmasses and the elevation of new ones. Just as the root-races overlap, so parts of the continents of one root-race become incorporated into the continental system of the next race.”Again, nature’s complexity and the fact Plate Tectonics integrates an overwhelming array of measures and evidence doesn’t mean we know it all and there is nothing to learn. But the kind of stuff offered David Pratt and company is hardly what scientific research what’s about.
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Anu (11:59:14),Ron from Texas is right. CO2 has very little to do with global warming or cooling. Whatever small effect it may have is unproven, and even if eventually proven, the fact is that whatever small effect CO2 might have is so insignificant that it can be disregarded.We know this because as CO2 has risen by a full one-third, the planet’s temperature has not risen even one degree, and it is arguable whether CO2 has much to do with that mild increase, or whether that slight warming is due to the planet’s natural rebound from the Little Ice Age. Further, for extended periods the planet has cooled even as the very minor trace gas CO2 steadily rises. The wild-eyed pointing to the presumed effects of beneficial CO2 have been debunked repeatedly: polar ice cover is well within normal historical parameters. And global precipitation is entirely normal. And the sea level is not rising any faster than normal. And the deep ocean is not heating up, etc., etc.In fact, none of the alarming runaway global warming predictions have occurred. As Dr Trenberth admits, it is a travesty that their predicted events are not happening. In any other branch of the hard sciences, such repeated failures would completely discredit a conjecture like CO2=CAGW.But money — and the prospect of ever more funding — keeps the AGW conjecture alive. The problem is that the money diverted into the repeatedly debunked global warming scare is starving deserving sciences of needed funding. Instead of using the public’s tax money for worthwhile science, it is wasted on self-serving empires of AGW shills in order to perpetuate their jobs, to ratchet up their compensation, to generate endless grants, and to buy new toys like supercomputers, whose models can not accurately predict the climate. In return, we get silliness like the statement from your link:…to understand how sunlight, air, water, and land come together to create Earthâs climate, scientists build climate modelsâcomputer simulations of the climate system. Climate models include the fundamental laws of physicsâconservation of energy, mass, and momentumâas well as dozens of factors that influence Earthâs climate. Though the models are complicated, rigorous tests with real-world data hone them into robust tools that allow scientists to experiment with the climate in a way not otherwise possible.It must be fun for these climate scientists to divvy up $2 billion a year, and emit fantastic statements like that. They don’t mention that the models are programmed by people with a preconceived AGW conclusion. The fact that models are almost always wrong means the garbage going in is wrong.And what does the average taxpayer get for their money? They get models that can’t accurately predict, a rent-seeking clique of back scratching scientists who conspire to keep skeptical scientists marginalized, and who travel to exotic locales on all expense paid junkets to promote scary scenarios that the planet itself is falsifying.That is not what the public wants or needs. The public is paying for science, but getting a pseudo-science agenda instead. And that’s the scam.
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