Mars warming too…man-made?

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I recently came across an article detailing what I’d heard before: Mars has experienced a global temperature increase similar to the Earth’s. Unless the government is covering up even more than I think they are, man-made activities are certainly not contributing to that global warming. I mean, a couple of robots gathering rocks couldn’t possibly emit enough carbon dioxide to affect Mars. If so, maybe we could send a few more and get some plants going up there, but I digress.

The point here is that, if a planet completely outside our control is showing a similar warming trend to our planet, maybe we should look at a different source. Even more plain than the proverbial elephant in the room is the giant ball of fire tracing its way across our sky every day. Interestingly enough, the sun went through a historically high peak in activity from 1998-2005 that matches the historic temperatures (even allowing for intentional and unintentional skewing of thermometer data). Since then temperatures have been dropping, and the sun is currently in a prolonged minimum in activity that has some scientists comparing it to the Maunder minimum.

From 1645 to 1715 astronomers noticed that sunspots grew extremely rare. Further research shows that there was an associated period of cool temperatures known as the Little Ice Age (that followed several warmer years known as the Medieval Warm Period). Hmm…could it be that we’re seeing another similar pattern?

In the current solar cycle, scientists keep extending the forecast for the next solar maximum. This minimum has lasted longer than any for quite a while. By now we should have been seeing much more activity, well on our way to a solar maximum in late 2012 or early 2013. But even though there has been slightly more activity, we have dropped back off and are again seeing a week or so at a time with no spots on the sun (during the last two years there were periods of 100+ spotless days). So the current adjusted prediction is for a lower solar maximum than the last one, occurring in around 2015. There is still so much to learn about solar activity, so who knows if that will pan out?

All that to add more weight to the gathering data refuting man-made, or anthropogenic global warming (AGW).

3rd coldest October on record

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The preliminary data is in, and October 2009 came in with an average temperature of 50.8°F for the United States, 4.0°F below the average for the past 100 years.  That makes it the 3rd coolest October on record.  Several individual states (Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma) also had their coldest October on record.  Sure sounds like we’re having catastrophic global warming.

Here’s a graph of the temperatures from 1895-2009, showing brief periods ofwarmer or cooler temperatures, but overall much the same:
ustemp1895-2009

UN climate treaty on hold

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Thankfully, it seems the UN climate treaty will take 6 months to 1 year longer to iron out the details.  We can only hope that some sense will prevail in that time.

One of the “roadblocks” mentioned in the article is the fact that the United States’ cap-and-trade bill has not yet made it through Congress.  A bill had made it out of committee, but I haven’t been able to find out if it has actually passed the Senate.  Even so, it scares me how close we’re getting and how much power the government is gaining over our lives with no one putting up any serious resistance.

The science pointing to global warming is far from concrete, but if it was, would we really want to give up so much of our personal and collective liberty to avert it?  Do we really think we have that much of an impact on the globe either way?  Don’t get me wrong, I think we should be good stewards of this planet that God has given us and be able to pass on a good world to our children and their children.  But such actions should be left to individuals and their own sense of responsibility.  Government has no business mandating such behaviors.

Toward a one-world government

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In just 41 days, world leaders will attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, including President Obama.  With this innocuous-sounding name, and the supposedly noble goal of reducing or eliminating global warming, the treaty many country leaders are likely to sign will instead create a government that will control the world.  And not just any government, but a Socialist government on an immense scale.  Instead of limited wealth-redistribution from wealthy individuals to poor individuals, this treaty will transfer wealth from developed nations to developing nations, in the name of “carbon debt.”  This idea is that developed nations are the ones that have put the carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, so they owe a debt to other countries since they were the ones that caused this global warming crisis.

Much of this information comes from Lord Christopher Monckton, who was the science policy advisor to Margaret Thatcher when she was Prime Minister of the UK.  He made several warnings in a speech to the Minnesota Free Market Institute, attempting to educate the public on the danger of this upcoming treaty and the consequences for our nation and the world if it is ratified.  I think it is very interesting that the mainstream media is not reporting on this much at all, positively or negatively.  The only place I’ve heard about it is WorldNetDaily, my daily dose of reality.  At least there are some people out there who don’t gloss over or sugarcoat the dire situation this nation and the world are in.  If you need any more support, Chuck Norris feels the same way I do about this treaty and our future.

I don’t really know if anything can be done to stop this.  President Obama is almost certain to sign this treaty, in contrast to President Bush who refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol because of its threats to our national sovereignty.  Then it would usually need a 2/3 majority vote in the Senate to be ratified, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see them push it through as an amendment to the cap-and-trade bill already in progress through the Senate, which would only need a 50% vote to pass.  That’s an entirely different, and nearly as scary, piece of legislation that would limit many of our personal freedoms and tax us for many of the things we do daily.

After all of this, I certainly don’t need any more evidence that the global warming “crisis” is, primarily, a scheme to seize greater government control over our lives and push us further toward the path toward socialism.  Now I see that we’re talking a global scale, too, not merely national.  If you’ve read any of my prior posts, you already know that I fervently doubt whether global warming is even occurring, and completely convinced that mankind is not causing it.  The world has actually been cooling since 1998, which was one of the hottest on record.  I just hope we can see some reason before it’s too late.

2008…a turning point

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I just found an article on the Daily Telegraph website that sums up a lot of my feelings about global warming.  Titled, “2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved,” makes several clear points without getting bogged down in a lot of esoteric science.

The author, Christopher Booker, lists three big ways the hysteria over global warming has changed this year:

  1. global temperatures have been dropping instead of rising
  2. there is no scientific consensus in favor of global warming
  3. the global economy can’t support politicians’ schemes to combat global warming

I think it’s interesting to note that the global warming apologists are trying harder and harder to get people to buy into the idea, and that anyone who even questions the “consensus” is ridiculed or even blackballed.  If your argument is sound and backed by solid science, shouldn’t it be able to stand on its own without propping it up and defending it at every turn?

Another thing I noticed within the last year or two is that they rarely call it “global warming” anymore — it’s “climate change.”  Aside from avoiding the embarrassing headlines like “Global warming conference canceled due to blizzard,” it puts the global warming crowd in the enviable, however artificial, position of being able to always be right.  Record-breaking snowfall and cold snaps can be as easily attributed to climate change as summer heat waves, in the alternate world these guys live in.

The truth of the matter is, though, that 2008 has been one of the coldest years in recent history.  I’ve only lived in the Omaha area for 5 years now, but the past summer seemed particularly cool and short, while this winter has already had a brutally cold spell the like of which I don’t recall this early in the winter.  Last week we had a morning that the wind chill was -28F, and several mornings that started below 0F to reach highs only in the single digits.  Personally, I think we could use some global warming right about now.