Posted by Nancy on March 7, 2009
Al Gore received the first Roger Revelle Award yesterday, for leaders whose outstanding contributions “advance or promote research in ocean, climate, and earth sciences.”
John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel and big global warming skeptic, prepared a video for the occasion. It can be found at Coleman’s Corner. (It’s more than worth following the link to see the Goracle once again held up to the light of day.)
To celebrate the 100th birthday of the late Dr. Roger Revelle, the oceanography institute he once directed is today presenting an award in his name to his most famous disciple – Al Gore. And, while this charlatan should never seriously be considered for any scientific tribute, the specific intent of this one makes Gore a particularly unworthy maiden recipient, and he knows it. American Thinker
What could make Al Gore so undeserving of an award in honor of his mentor?
Revelle recanted his belief in CO2 as a source of global warming and publicly apologized for sending so many people in the wrong direction several years before he died.
Of course, that didn’t matter to Gore, who promptly declared Revelle senile. He later went to great efforts to discredit Revelle, to claim he had been coerced, and even to file a defamation lawsuit against another scientist who co-authored an article denouncing CO2 as a cause of AGW with Revelle.
Enjoy your ill-deserved award, Mr. Gore, and may it continue to snow and sleet on days your followers hold rallies.
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Posted by Nancy on January 2, 2009
Obama and the Democrats are hustling to enact programs to outlaw carbon dioxide and “save” the planet, mankind, and those cuddly polar bears from annihilation ASAP after he takes office. Meanwhile, the sun has quietly gone out.
Okay, I’m being dramatic here. The sun hasn’t really gone out – it has just gone quiet.
The sun just finished the second least active solar year since 1900. It is also experiencing the longest sunspot cycle since 1848 (still counting), and if it continues a few more months will reach the level of the Dalton Minimum. That began in the 1790′s and affected the weather for several decades. The even longer Maunder Minimum occurred 213 years prior to that. My wobbly math skills tell me this current minimum is coming right on schedule.
What does all this gibberish mean, you ask? Okay, a few basic facts.
- Sunspot cycles average about 11 years.
- Shorter sunspot cycles mean warmer than average temperatures. The last three cycles were 9.7, 9.8. and 10.7 years. That adds up to approximately 30 years of “global warming.”
- Longer sunspot cycles mean cooler than average temperatures. The current cycle is now at 12 years and 3 months and still counting.
- There is a theorized lag of from five to eight years between sunpot activity and changes in the earth’s temperature.
- The Dalton Minimum brought ferocious winters and cooler summers for several decades.
- The Maunder Minimum was part of The Little Ice Age.
- The earth’s average temperature dropped .7° C in 2007, the fastest change ever recorded by instruments, and brought us back to where we were in 1930. (Bye-bye, global warming.)
- In addition to the lack of sunspot activity, the oscillation patterns of the oceans have switched from warm to cold. These are little understood phenomona, but what is understood involves colder water circulating to warmer climes, increased cloud cover, and cooling weather patterns. No one yet understands how or why they change, but both the Atlantic and Pacific Decadal Oscillations have flipped to cold.
What does this mean to us? It looks to me like the earth is going to continue to chill and we can expect years of cooler than normal temperatures. I could be wrong, though – I’m no scientist. Just a curious laymanwoman.
If we are facing a solar minimum with accompanying decades of colder weather, it could be much more harmful than in years past. It would also be much worse than anything global warming could do.
There are many more people now and we have become dependent on a few temperate agricultural areas, especially in the US and Canada. Global warming would increase agricultural output, but global cooling will decrease it. The Australian
In an interesting development, John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, is filing a lawsuit against Al Gore over what he calls the fraud of global warming. Frustrated with the inability of thousands of anti-global warming scientists to get the media to listen to them, he is hoping the suit will become a means of forcing public debate on the topic.
The winter of 2008-2009 has gotten off to another cold start worldwide (there has already been snow is New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Saudi Arabia, Tibet has had its worst snow storm EVER, and the polar ice has grown 30%, just to mention a few anecdotal events).
Let’s hope this year’s growing season is a good one. And let’s hope enough politicians read the data, use common sense, and refuse to destroy our economy by pretending they can affect the weather. What a blatant power grab the whole mess is.
Posted in Economy, Global warming, Politics | Tagged: Dalton Minimum, Global cooling, John Coleman, polar bears, Sunspots | 9 Comments »