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Oh Baby Itís Cold Outside
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Thursday, May 02, 2013
J.L. Robb

What in the world is going on with our climate? When it’s hotter than normal, it’s global warming. Let me clarify, it’s 'Man Made' global warming. When it’s colder than normal, like this Spring in the eastern United States, it’s global… I mean 'Man Made' global warming. There is no such thing in backing the right horse in this scenario, because it’s a win-win for the environmental elite. Does Al Gore have a science degree?

From Jay Bookman, columnist and blogger, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, June 8, 2012, discussing global warming:

“More than 30 years ago, when scientists first began to warn us that this would happen, skepticism might have been understandable. However, that skepticism should be much harder to sustain given the fact that ever since then, climate events have been playing out pretty much as they predicted.

“But hey, I guess it really isn’t happening if we refuse to see it, right?”

Time Magazine 1977Last week in the Drudge Report was an article about the start of Spring, 2013, described as the second coldest with only 1975 being colder. Of course, 1975 was the era that the likes of TIME and Newsweek were reporting the coming ice age.

April 20, 2011, two years ago, according to CBS Chicago, the area suffered the coldest temperatures since the 1940s.

James Hansen, a prominent global warming advocate, writes in a recent paper that,

“world temperatures are not warming as fast as predicted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”

The long-range forecast had called for a warmer than normal Spring in the United States, but this has been far from the case. It’s May 2, 2013 and Denver has another snowstorm as Winter Storm Achilles heads to the Northeast dumping record late snows.

Dr. Don Easterbrook is a professor emeritus of geology at Western Washington University. He has also written more than 150 peer-reviewed papers on the subject of climate-change and has produced evidence for a predicted global cooling.   

Here’s an offer to any climate-changeaholic and the finalist wins a trip to Duluth, Georgia for a steak dinner at my house. Here’s all you have to do: Research and find any two years that the climate was identical. As far as I have been able to find, the climate changes every year.

Are we entering an ice age as some are beginning to think, like some thought in the 1970’s? It could happen. It happened from the 1500’s-1800’s, all over the world.

Trying to forecast future global warming or cooling is a shot in the dark at best. Though greenhouse gasses do trap heat from the sun, as other gasses such as methane and sulfur dioxide, abundant throughout the normal processes of nature do, the world should continue to warm. It has been gradually warming long before the mid-1800’s when we started keeping records. Fifteen-thousand years ago, most of the Earth was covered with a thick sheet of ice extending from the Arctic. Since it has apparently disappeared, it should be no surprise that it will continue to do so.

In the Mediterranean off the coast of Israel archeologists have discovered an ancient village named Atlit-Yam, estimated to have been occupied around 7,000 BC. It was so well preserved that human skeletons remained undisturbed in their graves. The villagers had lived in large stone houses with courtyards and fireplaces.

The village of Atlit-Yam was buried nearly 9,000 years until discovered in 1984 and is one of the largest underwater settlements known.

Underwater cities have been discovered all over the world. While some disappeared by sinking into the sea, others like Atlit-Yam became submerged as the Ice Age continued toward the Low-Ice Age of today, the glaciers melted and the people moved out leaving their ancestors buried. Another theory suggests a Mediterranean tsunami.

While the world temperatures, according to ice core samples, has continued to rise over the past thousands of years, there were small burps along the way that resulted in abnormally cold years, like the Little Ice Age.

There are various theories as to what caused the Little Ice Age, but the most commonly held belief was the Maunder Minimum. The Maunder Minimum was a time of minimum solar activity (sunspots) and started about 1645, continuing for the next seventy years. Under normal solar activity, peak sunspot activity occurs every eleven years. During the Maunder Minimum, there were hardly any. There was one thirty-year span within the Minimum where less than 50 sunspots were observed. Contrast that with 40,000–50,000 spots in a 30 year period during modern times.

During the Little Ice Age parts of Europe and North America had no summer. In the Swiss Alps, farms and villages were destroyed by glaciers. In North America, the New World, the devastating effects of The Little Ice Age on George Washington’s Continental Army were profound.  Soldiers stood watch at night, only to be found the next morning, frozen solid.  The Delaware River was covered in ice, and several of Washington’s troops froze to death before the crossing could be completed.  In Europe, snow remained on the ground through the summer.

With that said, I doubt another Ice Age of any size is in the plan. Global warming seems to be God’s plan if I read Revelation correctly.

“The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire.” (Revelation 16:8 NIV)

That doesn’t sound like global cooling. In the meantime, I live in north Atlanta and it’s been a record cold Spring so far. If Mr. Gore doesn’t mind, I will suggest that all readers of this article, please start your lawn mowers, cars, trucks and air conditioners. Just let them idle for a while… Oh, and don’t forget the hairspray. Go outside and aim toward the sky, and spray until the can is empty. Man is apparently falling down on the job, and I kind of liked the warmer temps. How about you?

Ladies and Gentlemen… start your engines. Vroom-vroom.

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