Sunny View of Oblivion 

Not by Fire but by Ice


Discover What Killed the Dinosaurs . . . and Why it Could Soon Kill Us


27 Jul 07


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A Sunny View of Oblivion
By Alan Caruba
24 Jul 07 - Ever since Galileo invented the telescope in 1610, the notion that the Sun is at the center of our solar system has come to be an accepted fact, but oddly the Sun does not receive credit for the Earth's climate. More than any other factor, however, the Sun influences and determines known climate cycles such as ice ages.

Deliberately confusing people still further is all the blather about an Earth-threatening "global warming" caused by scary "greenhouse gases." This silliness is used to justify the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, i.e., limiting the use of any and all energy sources. I guess we're really lucky that two billion people still don't even have access to electricity. Of course, they may not be thrilled by it.

Aside from the fact that 95% of greenhouse gas is water vapor, scientists with no agenda other than, well, science, are far more concerned about what the Sun has been doing of late and what it is likely to be doing within five years. If they're right, humanity is in big trouble.

What it is doing lately is behaving oddly.

We're all familiar with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the four 2004 hurricanes that hit Florida in rapid succession. Then following all that hurricane activity, none made landfall in 2006. The connection is the way sunspot activity correlates with climatic conditions on Earth. Lawrence notes that, "By every scientific measure, 2005 was supposed to have seen very few sunspots," explaining that, "Sunspots are larger-than-Earth magnetic storms that blemish the solar surface."

Sami Solanki of the famed Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany believes, "Except possibly for a few brief peaks, the Sun is more active currently than at any time in the past 11,000 years." So, yes, the Earth may be warming slightly, but it has nothing to do with human activity.

Moreover, 11,000 years ago coincides approximately with the end of the last Ice Age. Depending on whom you believe, we are either due a new Ice Age or the Sun is about to roast the Earth like a marshmallow.

Alan Caruba writes "Warning Signs," a weekly column posted at the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center.

Copyright 2007, Alan Caruba

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