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The Unchanging Constant in Climate Change

Posted by Jerry on March 12, 2008

My readers in India know that we have had one of the coldest winters in several decades. In fact, Mumbai–which a city known to have only two seasons: summer and monsoon–experienced record low temperatures over the past few months. People in the city felt as if they were teleported to some arctic locale, being completely ill-prepared for the weather and having no warm clothes.

Apparently, the Indian subcontinental peninsula was not the only region to experience an abberrant drop in temperatures. According to this article in the DailyTech:

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.

The article goes on to say that the total amount of global cooling only this past year has been larger than the entire range of warm temperatures recorded in the past one hundred years. Note that this data suggests that the range of cooling that has occurred in this past year comes at the height of our industrial activity and population numbers.

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. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year’s time. For all four 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.

So, is it time to return to the global cooling hysteria of the 1970s? Whatever the new fluctuating trend in global climate change, this one thing remains an unchanging constant–the environmentalists’ predilection for fear-mongering and human hatred.

[HT: Al-Kafir Akbar]

2 Responses to “The Unchanging Constant in Climate Change”

  1. Ergo asks in regard to the report he posted on the new record cold temperatures throughout the world: “So, is it time to return to the global cooling hysteria of the 1970s?”

    No, for the environmentalists, it is time now to turn to “climate change” hysteria. It is exactly their anticipation of this natural cyclical trend — between years-decades of general warming followed by years-decades of general cooling — that has made the greens switch now to calling our alleged weather crisis from “global warming” to the completely elastic term “climate change.” They’ve denied that this is a natural trend, but no matter, when they’re proven wrong they can just switch the terms of the debate.

    When the world was generally cooling in the 1970s, the green hysteria was that Industrial Man was returning us to a new Ice Age, one that would mean mass death for many people the world over, particularly those in coldest climes. In the 1980s, when their predictions failed to materialize and global temps began to rise, the greens turned to a new hysteria, “global warming,” and propagandized it with pictures of Mother Earth going up in flames—i.e., mass death courtesy of Industrial Man.

    Now that the cycle of cooling is making its return, the greens — having anticipating its return — have reverted to calling our supposed weather crisis “climate change.” It’s a transparent means of keeping themselves from getting trapped in the narrow boxes of calling supposed crises by specific words such as “cooling” and “warming.” They recognize the corner they’ve painted themselves in and have reverted to calling these climate fluctuations “change.” What a nice, broad, flexible word that can be bent to mean anything at any time! If the global climate trend is starting to return back to cooling, once again, this is no matter to the greens. They’ll just call it “climate change” ” — i.e., shifts in weather patterns — and make it sound as if Industrial Man is to blame for this shifts. The term “climate change” will allow them to make any changes in weather sound as if their unnatural, chaotic and due to Industrial Man.

    We cannot let the environmentalist get away with this shift from the narrow, specific term “global warming” to the meaningless “climate change.” We have to remind the environmentalist that an Ice Age did not occur after their hysterical cries of “global cooling” in the 1970s, that the earth did not fry after their cries of “global warming” the past few decades, and that the weather has always and always will “change” – that this is a completely elastic, meaningless term.

  2. Ergo said

    Hahahaa! Brilliant, Joseph! It was fun reading your comment, and so true, too! Those greenies are trapped in their own rhetoric and now they’re trying a quick linguistic sleight of hand.

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