I can’t resist. In the 1970s, we were warned of an impending global ice age. Three decades later, the thermostat has been turned up. The environmentalist idiots need to either make up their mind or just shut-up and watch the Weather Channel (whose founder has blasted global warming).
Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe is one of my favorite columnists of all times (along with Mark Steyn). He is an inspiration – a conservative columnist in the most liberal state in the Union. God bless Jeff. He opines about global warming in his column today.
In South America, for example, the start of winter last year was one of the coldest ever observed. According to Eugenio Hackbart, chief meteorologist of the MetSul Weather Center in Brazil, “a brutal cold wave brought record low temperatures, widespread frost, snow, and major energy disruption.” In Buenos Aires, it snowed for the first time in 89 years, while in Peru the cold was so intense that hundreds of people died and the government declared a state of emergency in 14 of the country’s 24 provinces. In August, Chile’s agriculture minister lamented “the toughest winter we have seen in the past 50 years,” which caused losses of at least $200 million in destroyed crops and livestock.
He cites a Russian scientist to make his point. I’m not a fan of the Russians, but I love this one.
Sorokhtin dismisses the conventional global warming theory that greenhouse gases, especially human-emitted carbon dioxide, is causing the earth to grow hotter. Like a number of other scientists, he points to solar activity – sunspots and solar flares, which wax and wane over time – as having the greatest effect on climate.
“Carbon dioxide is not to blame for global climate change,” Sorokhtin writes in an essay for Novosti. “Solar activity is many times more powerful than the energy produced by the whole of humankind.” In a recent paper for the Danish National Space Center, physicists Henrik Svensmark and Eigil Friis-Christensen concur: “The sun . . . appears to be the main forcing agent in global climate change,” they write.
People treat global warming as if it were a fact. Many folks in the scientific community act as if though there was authoritative evidence that us miserable humans are the cause of “alleged warmer temperatures.” Forget that. Look at all of the places around the world that are experiencing record lows and incredible snow. These doofs discount natural climatological patterns.
In any case, you and I know better. My only advice is as follows: The Senate should hold off on endorsing Kyoto or Bali or whatever. Give things a few years, and we’ll be back to ice age warnings again. Environmentalists are fickle. And the uber liberals in the international community will continue to rush from place-to-place in order to assuage these idiots.