Global Warming? Global Cooling? Which Is It?

Via Ace comes an editorial in the London Telegraph titled There IS a problem with global warming... it stopped in 1998:
For many years now, human-caused climate change has been viewed as a large and urgent problem. In truth, however, the biggest part of the problem is neither environmental nor scientific, but a self-created political fiasco. Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero).

Yes, you did read that right. And also, yes, this eight-year period of temperature stasis did coincide with society's continued power station and SUV-inspired pumping of yet more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

In response to these facts, a global warming devotee will chuckle and say "how silly to judge climate change over such a short period". Yet in the next breath, the same person will assure you that the 28-year-long period of warming which occurred between 1970 and 1998 constitutes a dangerous (and man-made) warming. Tosh. Our devotee will also pass by the curious additional facts that a period of similar warming occurred between 1918 and 1940, well prior to the greatest phase of world industrialisation, and that cooling occurred between 1940 and 1965, at precisely the time that human emissions were increasing at their greatest rate.
As Ace comments:
It hardly needs pointing out that in the seventies environmental alarmists created a public scare over "global cooling," demanding that we immediately take drastic steps to protect the earth by, essentially, de-industrializing, or else the earth would freeze over.

The ink had barely dried on the "scholarly papers" predicting a new ice age before some of the exact same environmental "scientists" began scare-mongering over "global warming" in the late eighties, demanding that we immediately take drastic steps to protect the earth by, essentially, de-industrializing…. This is not science. It is Marxist Rousseauian "natural state of man" utopianism, and a cult of the worship of Earth as "Gaia."
As they say, read the whole thing.

1 comment:

AlgisL said...

Dear Sir, in case you wish to pick up the issue (4/11/2006) you might be interested to know that the global cooling has had a special start, and might be ill judged if only considering ‘average temperatures’, as indicated in a comment on scitizen.com as follows:

Second World War was just 100 days old, the Russian-Finish Winter War mere three weeks, when a cold wave befell Finland around the 24th December about which the New York Times correspondent, James Aldridge, (NYT, 25 December 1939), reported as follows:

“The cold numbs the brain in this Arctic hell, snow sweeps over the darkened wastes, the winds howl and the temperature is 30 degrees below zero (minus 34.4 ° C). Here the Russians and Finns are battling in blinding snowstorms for possession of ice-covered forests. …I reached the spot just after the battle ended. It was the most horrible sight I had ever seen. As if the men had been suddenly turned to wax, there were two or three thousand Russians and a few Finns, all frozen in fighting attitudes. Some were locked together, their bayonets within each other’s bodies; some were frozen in half-standing positions; some were crouching with their arms crooked, holding the hand grenades they were throwing; some were lying with their rifles shouldered, their legs apart…. Their fear was registered on the frozen faces. Their bodies were like statues of men throwing all their muscles and strength into some work, but their faces recorded something between bewilderment and horror.”

As warming is such a big concern, could winter 1939/40 teach us a lesson? Why are we still in the dark concerning the global cooling that started in winter 1939/40. Was it man-made? Meanwhile we know that the 1930s fairly matched the warmth of recent years. Autumn 1938 was in the top three over a 500 years period. And suddenly, when World War II commenced climate run amok.

By mid February 1940, Northern Europe was totally unexpectedly in the coldest winter for 100 years, The New York Times reported on 16 February 1940, that Adolf Hitler’s Deputy, Field Marshal Herman Goering, said in a public speech one day earlier:

“Nature is still more powerful than man.
I can fight man but I cannot fight nature
when I lack the means to carry out such battle.
We did not ask for ice, snow and cold –
A higher power sent it to us.”

The war criminal Goering erred in most things, also on 15. February 1940. Who if not the few month old war brought the Little Ice Age suddenly back to Europe? CO2 didn’t do it! “

SOURCE: http://scitizen.com; 21 Dec, 2007 11:41 am; Global Warming Creates a Stairway to Heaven /Comment