Author Archives: Robert Williscroft

The Great Ozone Hole Hoax

Let’s look at the Ozone Layer. On my website, I have a section titled “The Great Ozone Hole Hoax.” Basically, it is a short slide presentation with 9 slides. Here are the 9 annotated slides:

Ozone consists of 3 oxygen atoms. It is created when an oxygen molecule combines with a free oxygen atom.

Ultraviolet light from the sun breaks apart oxygen molecules into 2 oxygen atoms. These atoms either recombine into an oxygen molecule, or they combine with an oxygen molecule to form an ozone molecule. It turns out that upper atmosphere ozone is the RESULT of upper-level oxygen-absorbing ultraviolet and thus protecting the Earth’s surface.

Any oxygen-containing atmosphere on any planet will have an ozone layer because of the action of ultraviolet on the oxygen molecules. The resulting ozone layer also adds protection from ultraviolet, BUT the layer itself is the product of the protection provided by the oxygen in the atmosphere.

Ozone decays naturally and from ultraviolet and some chemicals. When it decays, the individual oxygen molecules recombine into either oxygen molecules or ozone molecules.

Because the Earth is tilted in its orbit, in the summer the Poles are exposed to the sun. In the winter the Poles do not see the Sun. Consequently, ozone is generated when the Poles are exposed to the Sun.

At both poles, there are 3 months of sunlight, 3 months of twilight, 3 months of darkness, and 3 months of twilight — for a total of 3 months where ozone is generated, and because ozone decays naturally, 9 months where ozone disappears. Consequently, there always has been a thinning (a “hole”) in the ozone layer at both Poles, and there always will be.

Hopefully, this short discussion of what the ozone layer is really all about, and what the “hole” is and what it isn’t will help you understand the issue better. You should understand that the so-called Montreal Protocol did nothing whatsoever with respect to the Ozone Layer. Remember, this layer is the result of the protective action of the oxygen in our upper atmosphere.

The real world in which we live is very forgiving about human activity. Rather than worry about, and spend huge sums of money on, “saving the planet,” we all would be better off if people were to gain a genuine understanding of our environment, and then focus on things that really matter: our families, communities, nation, and how we eventually will learn to travel beyond the confines of the one planet on which we live to perpetuate humanity throughout the galaxy.

If you could only go to one pole, which one would you rather explore, the North Pole or Antarctica?

Having lived at the South Pole for 13 months and fleetingly visited the North Pole, but having spent the better part of three years in the Arctic ice pack, I have a thing or two to say about both. South Pole Let’s address Antarctica and the South Pole first. Antarctica is a very large place:…

The Daedalus Files

It’s time to tell you about The Daedalus Files. Four short books make up this series: Daedalus, Daedalus LEO, Daedalus Squad, and Daedalus Combat. The four stories are about the development and deployment of a hard-shell wingsuit called the Gryphon. The wingsuit is first tested from 80,000 meters, then from Low Earth Orbit by one individual,…

The Iapetus Federation – Exodus from Earth

Finally, The Iapetus Federation, the third book in The Starchild Trilogy, is out to the reading public. I invite you to purchase it, read it, and spread the word – AND post reviews to Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews are the lifeblood for authors. A few good reviews make all the difference in continuing book sales. The Starchild departs…

Airline Safety – A real solution

Travelers waiting in line   The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is currently in full meltdown. Several airports have actually replaced TSA screeners with private companies. Public figures from all political persuasions have entered the debate, several suggesting outright privatization of the TSA. Kelly Hoggan, who had served as TSA assistant administrator for security operations, has…

Great Review of “The Starchild Compact”

Here is the text of a great review of The Starchild Compact written by Simon Barrett, and posted to his blog: There are three types of science fiction, there is the pixie and goblin type (fantasy), there is soft Sci-Fi, John Wyndham springs to mind, the science is there, but plays second fiddle to the to the…

A Bit of Planning and a Lot of Luck – A Graduate Course in High Adventure

It started out when I was a youngster in Montana where my father pastored a small church in Conrad in the northwestern corner of the state. The other kids wanted to be…well, whatever kids want to be in rural Montana: Farmers, postmen, bankers. But little Bobby – me – wanted to be a fireman, because…

OPERATION IVY BELLS

Operation Ivy Bells is in full throttle. Right now, through December 4, you can download it for free from the book website. Operation Ivy Bells is number one for Technothrillers on Amazon, and number 42 on the Amazon Bestseller list as of right now.