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Warm My Globe, Don’t Limit My Carbon

Posted by Nancy on May 12, 2009

Verifying what our heavier-than-normal jackets have been telling us, April was chillier than average.  According to the government’s National Climatic Data Center the month was almost a full degree below normal when averaged across the U.S. and compared to records going back to 1895.

To put a little perspective on these figures, carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase as the world industrializes and China puts one new coal-fired power plant on line every week, yet there has been no global warming since 1997 or 1998.  In fact, temperatures have fallen enough during the past several years to erase the warming trend of the previous decades.  Is carbon dioxide really a climate driver?

More perspective would have us look to the sun, which continues its sunspot slumber.  Some scientists are now saying this failure of sunspot cycle’s 24 start, which should have happened by 2007, is beginning to echo the Maunder Minimum of about 1645 to 1715.  Causation can be argued, but that period of almost non-existent sunspot activity coincided with the Little Ice Age, a period of extremely bitter winters in the northern hemisphere that affected Earth’s weather for hundreds of years.  There has been a gradual rise in sea levels since it ended, as ice from it still continues to melt.

Add to that the current Sea Ice Extent figures showing the largest mass of sea ice in eight years (the period covered by the graph), and a recent fly-over survey that indicates the Arctic ice is twice the thickness expected, and you find you have no need to worry about those adorable polar bears drowning.


By the way, the above photo was taken by a Canadian photographer, Carole Williams, in 2004. 

“[You] have to keep in mind that the bears aren’t in danger at all. It was, if you will, their playground for 15 minutes. You know what I mean? This is a perfect picture for climate change, in a way, because you have the impression they are in the middle of the ocean and they are going to die with a coke in their hands. But they were not that far from the coast, and it was possible for them to swim.”

Polar bears can swim up to 30 miles.

Williams took the picture as an example of wind-sculpted ice, but it was subsequently lifted and used by global warming enthusiasts, including Al Gore.  Canada has very strict copyright laws, and apparently a lawsuit is in the works.

Do you ever wonder why the mainstream media does not report information like that above, even just to get a little dialogue going?  Do you ever wonder why our political leaders are trying to cram carbon emission limits down our collective throats, while admitting they will raise the average person’s heating and transportation costs by thousands of dollars per year? 

Carbon dioxide, the naturally occuring compound that is a foundation of all of life’s plant and animal interactions.  What next – controlling oxygen?

One last thought, only becuase it is so funny.  Domino now claims their sugar is “carbon free.”  Anything that is living or has ever lived contains carbon, including plant-based sugar.  In fact, its chemical formula is C12H22O11.  If it is truly carbon free, then it must be H22O11, which when reduced down gives you H2O.  It’s now water?  And traveling through West Viriginia one sees billboards for “carbon neutral coal.”   Coal, that is more than 90% carbon, with some oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur thrown in.  Carbon neutral?

We need to teach more science and logic in our schools to reduce the gullibility index.


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Another Global Warming Skeptic

Posted by Nancy on April 21, 2009

The Osgood File. I’m Charles Osgood.

I know you’ve already got a lot to worry about as it is, but something rather odd is going on — on the Sun.

The Sun normally undergoes an 11-year cycle of activity — and last year, it was supposed to have heated up — and, at its peak, would have a tumultuous boiling atmosphere, spitting out flares and huge chunks of super-hot gas.

Instead, it hit a 50-year low in solar wind pressure, a 55-year low in radio emissions, and a 100-year low in sunspot activity. Right now, the sun is the dimmest it’s been in nearly a century.

Did you know that? It’s true. Astronomers are baffled by it, but has the press covered the story? Hardly at all. Is the government doing anything about it? No, it’s not even in the Obama budget or any Congressional earmarks.

But, sooner or later, I bet it will turn out to be our fault — yours and mine. And in Washington, where everything is political, they’ll note that it began before President Obama took office — perhaps “another example of the failed policies of the Bush Administration.”

At an upcoming meeting of astronomers in the United Kingdom, they’ll be studying new pictures of the Sun taken from space, looking for any hint that the Sun will start heating up again and acting up again, the way it’s supposed to. But there is no sign of that, so far.

In the mid-17th Century, there was a quiet spell on the Sun — known as the Maunder Minimum — which lasted 70 years, and led to a mini-Ice Age here on Earth.

Right now, global warming is a given to so many, it raises the question: Could another minimum activity period on the Sun counteract, in any way, the effects of global warming?

Hush, child! You’re not even supposed to suggest that. The only thing that can change global warming is if we human beings — we Americans, especially — completely change our ways and our way of life.

I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about this solar dimming business, now that the story is out. Remember, you heard it here first…

The Osgood File. Transcripts, podcasts, and Mp3’s of all these programs can be found at I’m Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network.

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