On the cusp of a new ice age

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On the cusp of a new ice age
Another great commentary by Philip Brennan


17 Jun 08 - In case you haven't noticed, loveable old Mother Nature has been on a rampage lately, tearing up the global landscape with a frightening host of catastrophes that make poor old Al Gore's predictions of a French-fried earth look like invitations to a garden tea party.

Earthquakes of substantial magnitude, floods inundating usually peacefully bucolic Midwestern areas, tornadoes of unprecedented ferocity, disasters that are leaving not only property losses of massive proportions in their wake, but claiming not inconsiderable numbers of human lives as well. For example, hundreds of thousands died in the Indonesian earthquake-induced tsunami and the recent Chinese earthquake alone.

Before you jump to algorean conclusions, all of these catastrophes haven't got a damned thing to do with global warming. We are watching climate change develop, but its not the sort the global warming alarmists would have us believe is underway.

It's global cooling on a massive scale.

Ask any knowledgeable meteorologists what created the rash of tornadoes and floods and they'll tell you flat out that it is cold fronts coming south from the frozen North and running into warm tropical air from the South headed northward that set off tornadoes and torrential rainfall. The colder the front heading south and the warmer the front moving north, the worse the storms will be.

That's right, cold fronts in late May and early to mid-June coming from Arctic and sub-Arctic regions that Mr. Gore assures us are well on the way towards becoming the new balmy global winter resorts.

Cold fronts in June, just days before the summer officially sets in.

What's all this about? It's what I wrote about in 1997 in "Behold The Iceman Cometh" (www.pvbr.com) — we are entering the preliminary phase that heralds the end of the present interglacial period and the onset of glaciation. Please note, I said the onset of glaciation, not glaciation itself.

That period, research shows, is one of horrific natural disasters, the kind of which we are only beginning to witness.

It's going to get a lot worse.

“Simply put, it's getting cold here on Mother Earth, and it's going to get a lot colder. Why? Because we are on the cusp of a new ice age, and that cusp is a very slippery slope.

The understanding that we are due for an end of the current 10,000 year interglacial period was best exemplified when the National Academy of Sciences was still sane and understood that the past is prologue, published "Understanding Climate Change which noted that the present interglacial interval — which has now lasted for about 10,000 years — represents a climatic regime that is relatively rare during the past million years, most of which has been occupied by colder, glacial regimes.

“Few paleoclimatologists would dispute that the prominent warm periods (or interglacials) that have followed each of the terminations of the major glaciations have had duration's of 10,000 plus or minus 2,000 years.

"In each case, a period of considerably colder climate has followed immediately after the interglacial interval. Since about 10,000 years have passed since the onset of the present period of prominent warmth, the question naturally arises as to whether we are indeed on the brink of a period of colder climate."

History has shown that the 20-year period that precedes the onset of glaciation, is one of increasing violence on a scale unheard of over the past 10,000 years. Earthquakes of incredible size and violence, rashes of incredibly destructive tornadoes, hurricanes and other violent storms, and natural disasters of a frequency and magnitude beyond anything our limited imaginations can conjure, await us in the immediate future.

Every winter gets longer; every summer gets shorter; spring and fall disappear. Soon there are only winters — very frigid winters. And the ice man cometh.

If you disagree with me, just wait. If I'm right, it's all just around the corner. We'll soon know.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist and World War II Marine who writes for Newsmax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist (Cato) for National Review magazine in the 1960s.





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