- Scare stories about melting Arctic ice
headlines but the scientific truth is different
- President Obama just made a melodramatic appeal at the
United Nations for global measures to dramatically curb what he called
"the climate threat," current euphemism for what is more popularly
known as Global Warming, the theory that man-made CO2 emissions from cars,
coal plants and other man-made sources are causing the earth to warm to
the point the polar icecaps are irreversibly melting and threatening to
flood a quarter or more of the earth's surface. There's only one thing
wrong with Mr. Obama's dramatic scenario: it is scientifically utterly
wrong. Since 2007 the polar icecaps have been growing not melting and the
earth has been cooling, not warming.
- If the fear of death from a fictitious Swine Flu were
not enough, the scare stories on world media such as BBC or CNN, showing
melting icebergs are dramatic enough to cause one sleepless nights. The
Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon even made a recent appeal while
standing on an Arctic ice-flow, claiming that man-made CO2 emissions were
causing "100 billion tons" of polar ice to melt each year, so
that in 30 years the Arctic would be "ice-free". One organization,
the WWF, claimed that the Arctic ice was melting so fast that in eighty
years sea-levels would rise by 1.2 meters, creating "floods affecting
a quarter of the world." Wow! That's scary. Goodbye Hamburg, New York,
- The publicity stunt of Ban Ki-Moon was carefully orchestrated.
It was not said that his ship could only come within 700 miles of the North
Pole owing to frozen ice. Nor that he made his stunt in the summer when
Arctic ice always melts before refreezing beginning September.
- The reality about Arctic ice is quite different. Although
some 10 million square kilometres of sea-ice melts each summer, each September
the Arctic starts to freeze again. The extent of the ice now is 500,000
sq km greater than it was this same time last year which was, in
turn, 500,000 sq km more than in September 2007, the lowest point recently
recorded (see Cryosphere Today of the University of Illinois, http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/
- By next April, after months of darkness, it will be back
up to 14 million sq km or likely more. As British science writer Christopher
Booker remarks, "even if all that sea-ice were to melt, this would
no more raise sea-levels than a cube of ice melting in a gin and tonic
increases the volume of liquid in the glass."
- Sunbeams from cucumbers?
- The current global warming propaganda scare is being
hyped by politicians and special interests such as Goldman Sachs and other
Wall Street financial firms that stand to reap billions trading new carbon
credit financial futures. They are making an all-out effort to scare the
world into a deal at the December Copenhagen Global Warming summit, the
successor to the Kyoto agreement on CO2 emission reduction. It's been estimated
that the Global Warming bill supported by Barack Obama and his Wall Street
patrons, passed by the House of Representatives but not by the more conservative
US Senate, would cost US taxpayers some $10 trillion.
- In the UK, where Prime Minister Gordon Brown is fully
on the global warming bandwagon, the BBC, the Royal Society are proposing
wild schemes for "climate engineering," including putting up
mirrors in space to keep out the sun's rays, or lining the highways with
artificial trees to suck CO2 out of the air, to be taken away and buried
in holes in the ground. Perhaps it would provide make-work for a few thousand
Britons unemployed by the ravages of the recent financial collapse, but
it would do nothing else than waste taxpayer money already stretched to
the limits in bank bailouts. The entire farce has been compared to satirist
Jonathan Swift's Gulliver who meets a fictional character trying to extract
sunbeams from cucumbers.
- A major new study published in the respected Journal
of Geophysical Research of the American Geophysical Union, Influence of
the Southern Oscillation on tropospheric temperature, by scientists J.
D. McLean, C. R. de Freitas of the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental
Science, University of Auckland in New Zealand and R.M. Carter (http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2009/2008JD011637.shtml),
confirms that over the past fifty years, since 1950, fully 81% of tropical
climate change can be linked to the Pacific weather phenomenon known as
El Nino. And the remaining 19% they linked to increased solar radiation.
No man made emissions played a role.
- Solar flares and not man-made CO2 emissions
the major factor influencing world climate
- El Ninos, termed by scientists El Nino Southern Oscillations
or ENSOs, are believed by climatologists and astrophysicists to be related
to eruptions in solar activity which occur periodically.
- Dr. Theodor Landscheidt of Canada's Schroeter Institute
for Research in Cycles of Solar Activity, says ENSO is the "strongest
source of natural variability in the global climate system. During the
severe ENSO event 1982/1983, when the sea surface off Peru warmed by more
than 7° C, it was discovered that there are strong links to weather
in other regions as, for instance, floods in California and intensified
drought in Africa."
- Landscheidt adds, "El Niño and La Niña
are subjected to external forcing by the sun's varying activity to such
a degree that it explains nearly all of ENSO's irregularities and makes
long-range forecasts beyond the 1-year limit possible. This is no mere
theory. My forecasts of the last two El Niños turned out correct
and that of the last one was made more than two years ahead of the event"
(Solar Activity Controls El Niño and La Niña, in http://www.john-daly.com/sun-enso/sun-enso.htm.).
Even James Hansen, one of the outspoken protagonists of the Global Warming
idea admits, "The forcings that drive long-term climate change are
not known with an accuracy sufficient to define future climate change...The
natural forcing due to solar irradiance changes may play a larger role
in long-term climate change than inferred from comparisons with general
circulation models alone."
- El Ninos are linked to floods, droughts and other weather
disturbances in many regions of the world. In the Atlantic Ocean, effects
lag behind those in the Pacific by 12 to 18 months. They tend to occur
every three to eight years. La Ninas are the associated cooling phase of
the Pacific Ocean cycles.
- According to the US National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration,
in North America, El Niño creates warmer-than-average winters in
the upper Midwest states and the Northeast. California and the southwestern
US become significantly wetter, while the northern Gulf of Mexico states
and northeast Mexico are wetter and cooler than average during the El Niño
phase of the oscillation. In Asia and parts of Australia El Nino causes
drier conditions, increasing bush fires.
- This sounds remarkably like what the Global Warming scare
chorus claims is the result of manmade CI2 emissions or as they now slyly
term it, "climate change."
- Warmer 1000 years ago?
- In Sweden a new study (in published by Haakan Grudd of
the University of Stockholm's Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary
Geology confirms that the Arctic today is not warmer than in previous historical
periods centuries ago before coal power plants or automobiles. Grudd's
study concludes that "The late-twentieth century is not exceptionally
warm in the new record: On decadal-to-centennial timescales, periods around
a.d. 750, 1000, 1400, and 1750 were equally warm, or warmer. The 200-year
long warm period centered on a.d. 1000 was significantly warmer than the
late-twentieth century and is supported by other local and regional paleoclimate
data." (H. Grudd, Torneträsk tree-ring width and density ad
5002004: a test of climatic sensitivity and a new 1500-year reconstruction
of north Fennoscandian summers, Climate Dynamics, Volume 31, Numbers 7-8
/ December, 2008, in http://www.springerlink.com/content/8j71453650116753/
- ?p=fcd6adbe04ff4cc29b7131b5184282eb&pi=0.) Put simply,
the earth was warmer one thousand years ago than today. And there were
no records of SUVs or coal plants belching CO2 into the atmosphere back
- The only problem with these serious scientific studies
is that mainstream media entirely ignores them, preferring dramatic scare
story scenarios such as Barack Obama presented in his UN speech or the
UN's Ban Ki-Moon in his staged Arctic ice drama.
- Strangely enough, none of the Global Warming proponents
that I am aware of have tried to correlate ENSO activity with global temperature
changes. Should we instead be proposing to outlaw El Ninos or forbid solar
eruptions? It makes as much scientific sense as banning or capping CO2
emissions. Global Warming as a new religion is one thing, but we should
be clear that the high priests are the same Gods of Money who brought us
Peak Oil religion a few years ago and the current trillion dollar financial
meltdown known as asset securitization. The reality is that Global Warming
like Peak Oil and other scares are but another attempt by powerful vested
interests to convince the world to sacrifice that they remain in control
of the events of this planet. It's a thinly veiled attempt to misuse climate
to argue for a new Malthusian reduction of living standards for the majority
of the world while a tiny elite gains more power.