Obama and his merry global band of leftists, that unfortunately now includes the Pope, continue to prophesy manmade global warming. Modelers like Mike Mann and Gavin Schmidt continue to conjure up illusory crisis “scenarios” based on the assumption that carbon dioxide emissions now drive climate change as the trillion dollar climate crisis industry self-servingly echo their claims.
But what if these merchants of doom are wrong? What if the sun refuses to cooperate? Could a quiescent sun portend a new little ice age?
Meteorologist Paul Dorian says that virtually no sunspots darken the sun, “the main driver of all weather and climate.” The sun is almost completely blank, it has “gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century. Not since February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots.”
No sunspots, means less incoming solar radiation, which could have a marked cooling effect, as happened during previous decades-long episodes of low solar activity. The Maunder Minimum, which lasted for seventy years from 1645 to 1715, and the Dalton Minimum which lasted 40 years from 1790 to 1830, brought even cooler global temperatures to the “Little Ice Age.”
Solar activity is in free fall according to U.K. Reading University space physicist Mike Lockwood, “perhaps faster than at any time in the last 9,300 years.” Lockwood raises the likelihood of another grand minimum but claims a new little ice age is unlikely. A proponent of human induced global warming, Lockwood ignores Earth’s long history of climate change, believing instead the leftist mantra that humans are destroying the earth. But what if he and the rest of the radical environmentalist are wrong?
Habibullo Abdussamatov, of St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory and director of Russia’s space research lab and its global warming research team is convinced that another ice age looms. The earth is on an “unavoidable advance towards a deep temperature drop. . .Humanity has always been prospering during the warm periods and suffering during the cold ones. The climate has never been and will never be stable.”
Solar researchers at the University of Northumbria have created a new model of the sun’s activity which they claim produces “unprecedentedly accurate predictions.” Tluid movements within the sun, thought to create 11-year cycles in the weather, will converge in such a way that temperatures will fall dramatically in the 2030s.
A couple degrees warmer, with more carbon dioxide in the air, would be good for humanity and the planet. Crops, forests and grasslands would grow faster and better, longer growing seasons over larger areas of land would support more habitats, wildlife, agriculture and people, especially if everyone had access to ample, reliable, affordable energy, especially electricity, and modern farming technologies. Most people, including the elderly, can easily handle such warmth, especially if they have air conditioning.
A two degree drop in average global temperatures would shrink growing seasons, cropland, and wildlife habitats. Agriculture would be curtailed across Canada, northern Europe and Russia, putting greater pressure on remaining land to feed hungry families without turning more habitats into cropland. Our ability to feed Earth’s growing population would be seriously impaired, especially since the same factions that wail about fossil fuels, fracking and “dangerous manmade climate change” also despise the chemical fertilizers, insecticides, biotechnology and mechanized farming that would enable us to get far more food per acre under colder conditions, even if crops are starved for plant-fertilizing C02.
Cold kills. Modern homes and buildings with affordable heat make it easy to survive even brutal winters in comfort. However, carbon taxes, restrictions on coal and natural gas, renewable energy mandates and other ill-conceived programs have sent electricity and home heating prices soaring.
When energy is rationed, expensive and unpredictable, businesses lay people off or close their doors. Forced to go on welfare, people’s health and well-being suffer. The elderly are especially susceptible in winter. In Britain where “green” energy prices are off the scale, many pensioners are now forced to sit in libraries all day or burn used books to say warm. Thousands die of hypothermia because they can no longer afford proper heat.
In Germany, Greece and other countries, rising energy prices have caused a surge in illegal tree cutting, as desperate families try to stay warm and hungry, unemployed families are poaching wildlife in order to feed their families. Meanwhile forests of wind farms generate minimal, expensive electricity while slaughtering millions of birds and bats each year, leaving crops to be eaten by hordes of insects across Europe and the U.S.
These realities portend what will likely happen on a far larger scale if the earth continues to cool and the anti-fossil fuel rules and regulations imposed in response to global warming hysteria continue. The specter of widespread turmoil, rising death tolls and millions of climate refugees could become a reality.
According to radical environmentalists, if the temperatures aren’t rising it’s time to force developed nations to curtail energy use and living standards, it’s time to modernize developing countries in a “sustainable” manner,” to move the world into a “greener, more equitable direction.” Like wind, solar and biofuels are sustainable under any objective standard.
Government elites do not have the right to tell poor countries what level of development, what energy technologies, what farming methods they will be permitted to have, and at what level of poverty, disease, malnutrition and early death they must continue to suffer.
It is time that our elected politicians stopped listening to scientists and environmentalists whose sole livelihood depends on the global warming scare and start basing energy and environmental policies on reality, on how the Earth’s climate and weather actually behave, and on how their policies, laws and regulations affect job creation and preservation, economic growth, and human health and welfare, especially for poor and minority families.
Source: Paul Driessen, Sr. policy analyst for Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death, and coauthor of Cracking Big Green: Saving the World from the Save-the-Earth Money Machine