Why has this been the coolest summer in decades?

Algore would have us believe that we’re just years away from extinction due to Global Warming. He’s the Pope of the Church of Global Warming. In reality, Algore created a scam since he needed a job after losing the election in 2000.

The basis of Algore’s fraud is that the world is heating up due to Man’s interference by creating unknown amounts of carbon in the atmosphere. That, according to Algore, will create a heat-trap and turn the Earth into a copy of Venus.

Bull!

Carbon is a necessary element vital to life on earth. Our bodies are based on carbon. When we exhale, we exhale carbon in the form of carbon dioxide. The temperature variations on Earth is due to non-human factors—volcano eruptions that throw large amounts of dust and gas into the atmosphere, and the Sun.

This year has been the coolest year in decades and that is the result of a trend that started in 1999. The fact is that a number of solar cycles occur and many are now occurring at the same time to produce a low number of sun-spots. Many people know about the 11-year cycle, but there are many more than that one.

This is not a new occurance. It happened 400 years ago during the 17th Century during a period known as the Maunder Minimum. That same period is also known as the “Little Ice Age.”

Jonah Goldberg writes this bit in the Los Angeles Times. In his article, he links the low sun-spot cycles of the Maunder Minimum with the occurance of the “Little Ice Age.”

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Recent studies seem to show that there’s more to climate change than we know.

Assuming there are no sunspots today, a 96-year record will have been broken: 53 days without any solar blemishes, giant magnetic disruptions on the sun’s surface that cause solar flares. That would be the fourth-longest stretch of stellar solar complexion since 1849. Wait, it gets even more exciting.

During what scientist call the Maunder Minimum — a period of solar inactivity from 1645 to 1715 — the world experienced the worst of the cold streak dubbed the Little Ice Age. At Christmastime, Londoners ice skated on the Thames, and New Yorkers (then New Amsterdamers) sometimes walked over the Hudson from Manhattan to Staten Island.

Of course, it could have been a coincidence. The Little Ice Age began before the onset of the Maunder Minimum. Many scientists think volcanic activity was a more likely, or at least a more significant, culprit. Or perhaps the big chill was, in the words of scientist Alan Cutler, writing in the Washington Post in 1997, a “one-two punch from a dimmer sun and a dustier atmosphere.”

Well, we just might find out. A new study in the American Geophysical Union’s journal Eos suggests that we may be heading into another quiet phase similar to the Maunder Minimum.

Meanwhile, the journal Science reports that a study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR, has finally figured out why increased sunspots have a dramatic effect on the weather, increasing temperatures more than the increase in solar energy should explain. Apparently, sunspots heat the stratosphere, which in turn amplifies the warming of the climate.

Scientists have known for centuries that sunspots affected the climate; they just never understood how. Now, allegedly, the mystery has been solved.

Last month, in another study, also released in Science, Oregon state researchers claimed to settle the debate over what caused and ended the last Ice Age. Increased solar radiation coming from slight changes in the Earth’s rotation, not greenhouse gas levels, were to blame.

What is the significance of all this? To say I have no idea is quite an understatement, but it will have to do.

Nonetheless, what I find interesting is the eagerness of the authors and the media to make it very clear that this doesn’t have any particular significance for the debate over climate change. “For those wondering how the [NCAR] study bears on global warming, Gerald Meehl, lead author on the study, says that it doesn’t — at least not directly,” writes Moises Velasquez-Manoff of the Christian Science Monitor. “Global warming is a long-term trend, Dr. Meehl says. … This study attempts to explain the processes behind a periodic occurrence.”

This overlooks the fact that solar cycles are permanent “periodic occurrences,” a.k.a. a very long-term trend. Yet Meehl insists that the only significance for the debate is that his study proves that climate modeling is steadily improving.

I applaud Meehl’s reluctance to go beyond where the science takes him. And for all I know he’s right. But such humility and skepticism seem to manifest themselves only when the data point to something other than the mainstream narrative about global warming. For instance, when we have terribly hot weather, or bad hurricanes, the media see portentous proof of climate change. When we don’t, it’s a moment to teach the masses how weather and climate are very different things.

No, I’m not denying that man-made pollution and other activity have played a role in planetary warming since the Industrial Revolution.

But we live in a moment when we are told, nay lectured and harangued, that if we use the wrong toilet paper or eat the wrong cereal, we are frying the planet. But the sun? Well, that’s a distraction. Don’t you dare forget your reusable shopping bags, but feel free to pay no attention to that burning ball of gas in the sky — it’s just the only thing that prevents the planet from being a lifeless ball of ice engulfed in total darkness. Never mind that sunspot activity doubled during the 20th century, when the bulk of global warming has taken place.

What does it say that the modeling that guaranteed disastrous increases in global temperatures never predicted the halt in planetary warming since the late 1990s? (MIT’s Richard Lindzen says that “there has been no warming since 1997 and no statistically significant warming since 1995.”) What does it say that the modelers have only just now discovered how sunspots make the Earth warmer?

I don’t know what it tells you, but it tells me that maybe we should study a bit more before we spend billions to “solve” a problem we don’t understand so well.

jgoldberg@latimescolumnists.com

I believe that John Goldberg is correct. If he is correct, as I believe, we are in for an extended period of cooler temperatures much like that which occurred 400 years ago.

I suggest you make sure your winter clothing is up to date as well as your home. Come next winter, we’ll all be sayin’, “Baby, it’s COLD out there!”

1 thought on “Why has this been the coolest summer in decades?

  1. The climate is an interesting thing and you're right. Ice ages and "heat" ages occurred without human intervention.

    I believe we should be good stewards of the earth and should manage wastes and greenhouse gasses to the extent we are able.

    The Cap/Trade Bill is simply a massive tax. Will it impact the environment? Not one bit.

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