Global Cooling in the News

On Drudge Report, I just read an amazing article by R. Timothy Patterson, professor and director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre, Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University on the subject of climate change. If you have any interest at all in global and environmental issues, this is a must-read. Here’s a link to the article.

And here is a very well-thought-out Financial Times article and interview on the same subject of Global Warming featuring President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic. President Klaus makes a great point that “ambitious environmentalism is the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity.”

Mr Klaus writes that “global warming hysteria has become a prime example of the truth versus propaganda problem” and the issue “is more about social than natural sciences and more about man and his freedom than about tenths of a degree Celsius changes in average global temperature.”

I couldn’t agree more. Because we, individually, represent such a tiny piece of the universe and such a brief moment in history, we over-rate our own personal experiences and history and feel that we can track trends and possibly effect global changes. In anybody’s book (evolutionists, creationists, etc.) the earth is at least 14,000 years old. We’ve been tracking and measuring temperatures for about the last 100 years and a lot of that is questionable. I like analogies and similes so humor me here…

Even if the earth is just 14,000 years old, 100 years is still like a drop in the bucket. Have you ever spent time on the beach? The waves come in cycles and are so interesting to just sit and watch. My simile is that we’re like kids on the beach building sandcastles. Our frame of reference with the ocean is just maybe an hour or so, so we start building just a few feet up from the highest wave. Surely you’ve done this… But then, as the tide comes in, the waves slowly rise until one crashes right into the sand masterpiece.

It’s the same thing, in my opinion, with environmental change. We see such a small view of the history of the global climate that we don’t have nearly enough information to really understand the science of it yet. That is one of President Klaus’s points as well.

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I just had to add this as well. It’s good structure of thought as it relates to global climate change. It’s a direct quote from the 2nd article, quoting President Klaus.

“I ask myself several questions. Let’s put them in the proper sequence:

• Is global warming a reality?

If it is a reality, is it man-made?

• If it is a reality, is it a problem? Will the people in the world, and now I have to say “globally”, better-off or worse-off due to small increases of global temperature?

• If it is a reality, and if it is a problem, can men prevent it or stop it? Can any reasonable cost-benefit analysis justify anything – within the range of current proposals – to be done just now?

Surprisingly, we can say yes – with some degree of probability – only to the first question. To the remaining three my answer is no. And I am not alone in saying that. We are, however, still more or less the silent or silenced majority.”