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Global warming and the sun
By Jonah Goldberg
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Robert -- Excellent (surprising!) article that got by the L.A. Times censors, on how and why sunspots warm the planet more that solar output would suggest is possible.
Michael Jenkins, J.D., CPA

1 Sep 09 – (Excerpts) – “During what scientist call the Maunder Minimum -- a period of solar inactivity (no sunspots) from 1645 to 1715 -- the world experienced the worst of the cold streak dubbed the Little Ice Age. At Christmastime, Londoners ice skated on the Thames, and New Yorkers (then New Amsterdamers) sometimes walked over the Hudson from Manhattan to Staten Island.

     I agree.

“A new study in the American Geophysical Union's journal Eos suggests that we may be heading into another quiet phase similar to the Maunder Minimum.

     I agree.

“Meanwhile, the journal Science reports that a study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR, has finally figured out why increased sunspots have a dramatic effect on the weather, increasing temperatures more than the increase in solar energy should explain. Apparently, sunspots heat the stratosphere, which in turn amplifies the warming of the climate.

     I agree.

“Last month…Oregon state researchers claimed to settle the debate over what caused and ended the last Ice Age. Increased solar radiation coming from slight changes in the Earth's rotation, not greenhouse gas levels, were to blame.

     I agree.

“… what I find interesting is the eagerness of the authors and the media to make it very clear that this doesn't have any particular significance for the debate over climate change. "For those wondering how the [NCAR] study bears on global warming, Gerald Meehl, lead author on the study, says that it doesn't -- at least not directly"… "Global warming is a long-term trend, Dr. Meehl says.

“…This overlooks the fact that solar cycles are permanent "periodic occurrences," a.k.a. a very long-term trend.

     I agree.

“… such humility and skepticism seem to manifest themselves only when the data point to something other than the mainstream narrative about global warming. For instance, when we have terribly hot weather, or bad hurricanes, the media see portentous proof of climate change. When we don't, it's a moment to teach the masses how weather and climate are very different things.

     I agree that that’s how we’re being treated. But no one is supposed to notice.

“…we live in a moment when we are told, nay lectured and harangued, that if we use the wrong toilet paper or eat the wrong cereal, we are frying the planet. But the sun? Well, that's a distraction. Don't you dare forget your reusable shopping bags, but feel free to pay no attention to that burning ball of gas in the sky -- it's just the only thing that prevents the planet from being a lifeless ball of ice engulfed in total darkness. Never mind that sunspot activity doubled during the 20th century, when the bulk of global warming has taken place…

     I like that: "it's just the only thing that prevents the planet
     from being a lifeless ball of ice engulfed in total darkness.”


“…What does it say that the modelers have only just now discovered how sunspots make the Earth warmer?

“(Something) tells me that maybe we should study a bit more before we spend billions to "solve" a problem we don't understand so well.

See entire great article: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-goldberg1-2009sep01,0,2797425.column 
Thanks to Michael Jenkins, J.D., CPA for this link

  

 

 

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