By Lowell Ponte
Lowell Ponte is a veteran think tank futurist and author of the prophetic book The Cooling about global climate.
Days ago, as the Northeast was battered by some of the coldest weather in a century, global warming huckster Al Gore claimed that the chill was a sign that Earth is getting warmer, not colder. Gore is being deceptive.
Global warmists say that snow happens when warmth evaporates water into the air, where it freezes into snow. The weather bomb remembered as the March Blizzard of 1888 buried New York City in snowdrifts 30 feet deep. But January 2018’s record cold caused relatively little snow. It was mostly just Arctic cold that could cause frostbite in minutes, or even death.
Severe cold is far more frightening than global warming. It is evidence that Earth’s climate may be returning to “normal,” which is much, much colder than the 20th Century’s balmy climate (defined as a 30-year averaging of weather). We soon may pray for ways we can warm the planet.
The Sun, our star, largely controls Earth’s climate. We used to assume its radiance was constant, but recent research shows that our Sun’s output flickers slightly, like a candle.
Some of this subtle change is cyclic: during the 11.4-year average sunspot cycle, our star emits a wee bit less energy when magnetic sunspots are few, as they are today. From 1645 until 1715, the Maunder Minimum, astronomers recorded few sunspots – and severe cold and dryness devastated Europe. The River Thames froze, letting locals walk across its ice from one side of London to the other.
Dr. John A. Eddy studied another solar cycle in which roughly every 1,000 years the Sun seems to turn up its thermostat for a period of around 150 years, then rapidly cools, causing Earth to plunge back to drastically colder temperatures. Such periods of what Eddy called “Solar Maxima” happened around the time of Jesus, then during the Viking expansion around 900 A.D., and most recently around 1850 A.D., lasting into our own time.
This latest period of a warmer-than-usual Sun, if Eddy’s cycle continues, is now overdue to end abruptly. What could this change be like? Like recent weather.
In the 1,200s, sea ice in the North Atlantic began moving south, marking the start of the “Little Ice Age” that lasted until around 1850, during which Eskimos landed their fishing kayaks in northern Scotland. During the American Revolution, the ports of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia often froze shut in winter, and Valley Forge was nightmarishly cold.
We might now be returning to this “normal” American climate. It could soon be economically far more costly to grow food and keep ourselves warm. Today the Northeast shivers while California’s Sierras get little snow – setting the stage for Golden State blazes to come…a future of ice and fire.
Why do Al Gore and others claim our world is warming? As Craig R. Smith and I document in our latest book Money, Morality & The Machine, two United Nations climate officials have acknowledged that the global warming agenda is political, not environmental. Its goal, one admitted, is to replace capitalism with globalist Progressive collectivism and to “redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy.”
Just as leaked emails exposed deceit in the 2016 election, leaked “Climategate” emails between warming-advocate scientists exposed their boasting to one another about how they have rigged data to “hide the decline” in world temperatures and prevented non-warmist scientists from being published in key journals. Vice President Al Gore fired government scientists who disagreed with him. Stifling free inquiry and rigging public discussion is not legitimate or honest science…and has created a widespread bitter chill of distrust towards both our science and our government.
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