The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Dare I say it: Global Cooling may be upon us
Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on.
No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.
Meteorologist Anthony Watts compiled the results of all the sources. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year time. For all sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.
Scientists quoted in a past DailyTech article link the cooling to reduced solar activity which they claim is a much larger driver of climate change than man-made greenhouse gases. The dramatic cooling seen in just 12 months time seems to bear that out. While the data doesn't itself disprove that carbon dioxide is acting to warm the planet, it does demonstrate clearly that more powerful factors are now cooling it.
Let's hope those factors stop fast. Cold is more damaging than heat. The mean temperature of the planet is about 54 degrees. Humans -- and most of the crops and animals we depend on -- prefer a temperature closer to 70.
Historically, the warm periods such as the Medieval Climate Optimum were beneficial for civilization. Corresponding cooling events such as the Little Ice Age, though, were uniformly bad news.
To reiterate what was said here: truly scientific evidence of global cooling, spurned by the lack of sunspot activity is not good news in itself. It is welcome news though, in light that the NGO's and Socialists which make up a large majority of the "Church of Warmism" are being badly discredited--to the point where the very idea of the developed world spending over $500 Trillion to "combat" a crisis that is not real in any sense of the world, becomes more and more ridiculous.
This has never been about climate; it has always been about the United Nations and other "Global" Organizations (and our own Democrat party) helping their greedy selves to as much of our wages as they can possibly get their hands on. If we meekly bow to these Chicken Littles and their hysterical message of gloom and doom, it won't even matter if afterwards we enter another ice age; the money will aready be gone and spent--removed from the American economy and funneled to evil regimes and corrupt UN officials like Kofi "Bugsy" Annan" the client states they serve (Russia, China, Korea...).
"Man Made" Global Warming is the biggest con game in world history, unless someone can prove that some men "made" the Sun. And we and Western Europe are the ones being played.
The same Al Gore who got up in 2004 and angrily raged "...he betrayed this country, he played on our fears..."--and then proceeded to get rich selling to the guilt-ridden "carbon credits" based on the fear he was peddling--ought to take a good look in the mirror. If he can find one that big...
So--just for a few more years anyway--I am willing to go scrape ice off my car a few more times, if it will expose these frauds for what they are. But still, it would be nice if that sunspot activity were to speed up some more, so that we return to the kind of climate we have enjoyed since the 1850's. There is a reason all those snowbirds migrated to the South...