Re: Mark, Anonymous Coward and "facts"
> Well, it's a fact that it IS getting hotter than just the solar increase can account for.
It hasn't been getting hotter for the last decade and there are signs we're beginning a cool down. CO2 is still going up, except for one interesting and recent blip. At least, we think it's a blip, and we think it's due to the Pacific getting colder during the current La Nina.
> It is a fact that it is getting hotter faster than at any time in geological history.
I'm not sure geologic history has the time resolution to support that. There is evidence of sudden (decades-long) changes in both directions.
> It is a fact that the little ice age was european.
Utterly false. People are finding more and more evidence that it affected many sites in both northern and southern hemispheres.
> It is a fact that CO2 will trap IR and so blanket the earth like a, uh, blanket.
It is also a fact that our current CO2 levels nearly completely block the range of wavelengths affected. The first 100 ppm of CO2 has a major impact, an increase from 350 to 450 will have very little. This is one of the key problems with the GHG theory. CH4 concentrations are plateauing, H2O levels continue to fluctuate wildly but include negative feedback paths that keep the Earth from getting hot quickly.
> It is a fact that we are pumping a lot of CO2 from a previously unavailable source
yes, but a lot of that was removed from the atmosphere....
> and that the sinks available can only handle so much in the short term
That's not clear, and it one reason why that CO2 blip is interesting.
> and the long term sinks don't react any where near the speed of the output we have.
Climatology is changing astoundingly quickly and some once-in-30 year (or once in 100 or even 200 year) paths to new knowledge are opening. Fact: You aren't keeping up with recent research.