When Even the Bad News is Good
Vol: 156 Issue: 23 Tuesday, September 23, 2014
A scientific study conducted in Europe has shown a direct link between the sun and periods of extreme cooling. To me, it sounds a bit like a headline saying that a new study has shown a link between air and breathing, but evidently, it is news to somebody.
The study’s author is Frank Sirocko, professor of Sedimentology and Paleoclimatology at the Institute of Geosciences of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
(Wouldn’t you love to see how he fits all that on his business card?)
Anyway, the effect of the sun on temperatures has evidently escaped modern science until now, in part because they say accurate seasonal weather records don’t go back far enough to establish a pattern.
The other part is because Western governments issue grants to scientists that can link global warming to anthropogenic (man-made) pollution. They don’t issue grants to scientists that fail to draw the preferred conclusions.
In the late 1980’s Britain’s Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, was fighting off the environmentalists that opposed expanding Great Britain’s nuclear power generation system. Part of her war strategy was to demonstrate that the use of fossil fuels did more harm to the environment than the use of nuclear energy does.
So the British government began giving research grants to scientists that reached the conclusions that she wanted them to. In 1989, Senator Al Gore seized on the British findings as the “next big thing” and quickly made it his own.
Gore published his tome, Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit just in time for the 1992 Democratic Convention and the party adopted it as that year’s vice-presidential platform. Once the Clinton-Gore ticket became the US federal government, Gore was in a position to emulate Thatcher’s successes with the scientific community.
Unlike Thatcher, however, Gore wasn’t advancing the anthropogenic theory for policy reasons, but for his own. By the end of the 1990’s, Gore’s scare tactics had proved so successful that they nearly carried him to the White House.
Failing that, he turned the fear of global warming into a cash cow that won him a Nobel Peace Prize, an Oscar, uncounted millions of dollars and the adulation of his peers.
To this very day, there are millions, if not billions of people convinced that human development has become a planetary cancer. They also believe that the only solution is to shrink the tumor.
Ahem. They are talking about us.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Romans 1:28)
The anthropogenic global warming theory and its solution could not possibly be a better fit to this prophetic Scripture. The theory assumes that man is supreme on the earth. Further it assumes that the solution is to reduce the population to “sustainable levels”.
Since that is a euphemism for killing off or otherwise reducing our own species, one might argue the solution is both reprobate and inconvenient.
Returning to the German study we referenced earlier, the authors discovered another way to map historical warming/cooling periods to provide them with the weather data necessary.
From the early 19th through mid-20th centuries, riverboat men used the Rhine for cargo transport. And so docks along the river have annual records of when ice clogged the waterway and stymied shipping. The scientists used these easily-accessible documents, as well as additional historical accounts, to determine the number of freezing episodes since 1780.
“The advantage with studying the Rhine is because it’s a very simple measurement . . . Freezing is special in that it’s like an on-off mode. Either there is ice or there is no ice,” Professor Sirocko explained.
Sirocko and his colleagues found that between 1780 and 1963, the Rhine froze in multiple places 14 different times. The sheer size of the river means it takes extremely cold temperatures to freeze over making freezing episodes a good proxy for very cold winters in the region, Sirocko said.
Mapping the freezing episodes against the solar activity’s 11-year cycle – a cycle of the Sun’s varying magnetic strength and thus total radiation output – Sirocko and his colleagues determined that ten of the fourteen freezes occurred during years around when the Sun had minimal sunspots. Using statistical methods, the scientists calculated that there is a 99 percent chance that extremely cold Central European winters and low solar activity are inherently linked.
“We provide, for the first time, statistically robust evidence that the succession of cold winters during the last 230 years has a common cause.”
The common cause? The sun. And so, the sun is the proven historical cause of global cooling. Gasp! Could that mean that the sun is the cause of contemporary global warming? What does the evidence say?
Let’s avoid going deep into the weeds and look at the most obvious evidence. As this chart shows, sunspot activity has been steadily on the rise since 1900. So have temperatures. When the sunspot activity begins to slow down, temperatures start to cool.
That is the same conclusion reached by the German study, (which evidently wasn’t getting research grants from either the UK or US).
“When sunspot numbers are down, the Sun emits less ultraviolet radiation. Less radiation means less heating of Earth’s atmosphere, which sparks a change in the circulation patterns of the two lowest atmospheric levels, the troposphere and stratosphere. Such changes lead to climatic phenomena such as the North Atlantic Oscillation, a pattern of atmospheric pressure variations that influences wind patterns in the North Atlantic and weather behavior in regions in and around Europe.”
The author of the column obviously still believes in the anthropogenic theory, and was careful to selectively quote the author of the study to make sure he sounded properly skeptical:
“Climate is not ruled by one variable,” said Sirocko. “In fact, it has [at least] five or six variables. Carbon dioxide is certainly one, but solar activity is also one.”
It is worth noting at this point that NASA is also able to monitor weather on Mars. And when global warming happens on earth, it also happens on Mars.
If the cause of global warming is the sun, then all the money being thrown at “green” companies and “green” energy plans (that don’t work) is a waste. So the debate ignores the sun as if it were irrelevant and instead, blames Western use of fossil fuels.
Not China, or India or the former Soviet Union, none of whom are gullible enough to believe the nonsense, primarily because they don’t need climate change to scare their populations into going along — they have other, more convincing methods.
No, it is only the West that needs climate change in order to convince their populations to go along with the program, which, if one is paying attention, is to force the West to submit to some form of global authority empowered with the ability to pass laws, impose taxes and even make war in the name of saving the planet.
Note that it is the West in the crosshairs. The Kings of the East, Gog-Magog and the Kings of the South aren’t in a panic about their own emissions, although they don’t mind sharing in our panic about ours.
Note also that it isn’t climate change that is the debate. Nobody is questioning the fact the climate is changing, including me. The debate is about whether or not it is man-made — or part of existing weather patterns and cycles that go back as far as we can trace them in the fossil record.
The debate has been raging for almost a quarter-century. Should we fear what appears to be coming upon the earth? Or is it a case of confusion about the cause? What is the cause?
Well, signs in the sun seem to suggest solar flares, but if the sun is the cause, then there is nothing we can do about it. A perplexing situation, is it not? We have people practically keeling over with heart attacks out of fear of rising seas washing away places like Manhattan.
To listen to the climate change alarmists, one would almost assume that the powers of heaven are about to sweep us all away.
Which is exactly how the Lord described it when He was outlining the signs of His impending return to the earth in the last days. He said there would be:
“. . . signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26)
Apart from the Flood, never before in history has there ever been a serious, GLOBAL threat to the continued existence of humanity. And never before in history was it possible for the whole world to perceive such a threat — had there ever been one.
But more than nineteen centuries after the Lord outlined a series of signs that would all occur within the space of a single generation, that is precisely the situation the threat of man-made global warming has created.
Fear, confusion, perplexity, all spawned by changes in the solar patterns, as we prepare for what NASA says could be the most dangerous solar season our technology-dependent world has ever seen. And right after He prophesied the global warming scare, He had this to say to His Church:
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
And that’s what I love about being a Christian in the last days. For us, even the bad news is good. Maranatha!
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