Warming? Cooling? The Sky is Falling?
Vol: 69 Issue: 20 Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Warming? Cooling? The Sky is Falling?
Almost from the time we arrived in Texas in early May, we’ve been hearing of ‘unseasonably’ hot weather, ‘unseasonably’ cold weather, not enough rain or too much rain.
We spent the past week in northeast Texas where it was too hot, too cool, too humid, too stormy and MUCH too wet.
I couldn’t send out this morning’s Omega Letter because of a black cloud over Lamar County so thick the RV camp’s satellite system couldn’t penetrate to grab a signal. (Please accept my apologies.)
What I’ve found fascinating is that all of these conditions are being blamed on global warming.
By the Weather Channel. By local weather forecasters. And by pretty much every ordinary Joe with whom we’ve exchanged casual pleasantries.
“Sure has been raining a lot, hasn’t it?”, is usually met with a grunted, “Global warming!” When we were in New Braunfels, the rains swelled the Guadalupe River to such a degree that the flooding attracted the attention of CNN.
A few days later, when we were in San Antonio, the blistering heat prompted several at the SBC to comment on global warming. On our way through Dallas, the weather guys were talking about the massive flooding, which was blamed on global warming.
It rained every day that we were in northeast Texas, where I found one person who evidently doesn’t own a TV set. I said something like, “Sure is raining a lot, isn’t it?” and he said, “Well, it IS north Texas and this IS June.”
I was so happy to meet somebody who hadn’t put his brain on hold for the duration that we sat and chatted for several hours.
When we pulled out of Texas this morning after the storm subsided, it was an unseasonably cool 68 degrees. Global warming? No. It had just finished RAINING!!
Besides, everybody knows that global warming causes wars!
An article published in Canada’s Financial Post today, written by R. Timothy Patterson, professor and director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre, Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, took an entirely unique look at the whole global warming argument.
Clearly a heretic, Dr. Patterson argues that global climate change isn’t caused by human activity. He said, (gasp) that the culprit is the SUN. The SUN! Who would have thought the SUN might play a role in the planet’s temperature?
And if that isn’t revolutionary enough, Dr. Patterson says that, despite the ‘settled science’ of global warming, what we REALLY need to worry about is global COOLING. “Dangerous global cooling”, the headline said.
Dr. Patterson noted that “climate stability has never been a feature of planet Earth. The only constant about climate is change; it changes continually and, at times, quite rapidly. Many times in the past, temperatures were far higher than today, and occasionally, temperatures were colder.”
What do you want to bet that Ottawa-Carleton starts looking for a new professor of geoscience?
I won’t bore you with the minutiae but the upshot of his article is this.
Solar scientists predict that, by 2020, the sun will be starting into its weakest Schwabe solar cycle of the past two centuries, likely leading to unusually cool conditions on Earth. Beginning to plan for adaptation to such a cool period, one which may continue well beyond one 11-year cycle, as did the Little Ice Age, should be a priority for governments. It is global cooling, not warming, that is the major climate threat to the world, especially Canada. As a country at the northern limit to agriculture in the world, it would take very little cooling to destroy much of our food crops, while a warming would only require that we adopt farming techniques practiced to the south of us.
So, is it global warming? I don’t know. Is it global cooling? I don’t know. Neither does anybody else. Is it man-made? Unlikely.
You don’t have to be a geo-scientist to know that the heat of the sun has a direct relationship to the temperature on earth.
You only have to go outside at night, and then go back outside again in the day time. (That experiment even works in the winter.)
Can mankind affect global climate change? If there IS any “settled science” on the subject, the answer can only be no.
Ninety-five percent of so-called greenhouse gases are generated by the oceans.
Mount Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991 spewed more pollutants into the atmosphere than all human activity throughout human history COMBINED.
Mankind’s share of global pollution is some percentage of the five percent left over from the oceans, exclusive whatever pollution the earth belches from volcanic activity.
But the entire world is convinced we did it, and the world’s governments have convinced us that we can fix it, provided we separate our garbage, don’t smoke and give them absolute authority to mandate how we live and impose punitive taxes on those who disagree.
It isn’t science, it is politics. The politics of fear. Scientists are split between blaming the sea, the sun, atmospheric particles, human beings, and cosmic rays.
The politicians don’t know what is broken, but they reserve the right to fix it until it is. The operative words here are fear and confusion.
In describing the signs of His soon return, Jesus encapsulated all the “settled science” into two verses.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:24-25)
What does it all mean in terms of Bible prophecy? Read the next two verses:
“And THEN shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:27-28)