1/01/2009

The Sun and Temperature, also wacky Obama advisor

Here is an excellent editorial from IBD:

Global thermometers stopped rising after 1998, and have plummeted in the last two years by more than 0.5 degrees Celsius. The 2007-2008 temperature drop was not predicted by global climate models. But it was predictable by a decline in sunspot activity since 2000.
When the sun is active, it's not uncommon to see sunspot numbers of 100 or more in a single month. Every 11 years, activity slows, and numbers briefly drop near zero. Normally sunspots return very quickly, as a new cycle begins. But this year, the start of a new cycle, the sun has been eerily quiet.
The first seven months averaged a sunspot count of only three and in August there were no sunspots at all — zero — something that has not occurred since 1913.
According to the publication Daily Tech, in the past 1,000 years, three previous such events — what are called the Dalton, Maunder and Sporer Minimums — have all led to rapid cooling. One was large enough to be called the Little Ice Age (1500-1750). . . .

In a speech at Harvard last November, Harvard physicist John Holden, President-elect Obama's choice to be his science adviser as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, presented a "top 10" list of warming solutions.
Topping the list was "limiting population," as if man was a plague upon the earth. This is a major tenet of green dogma that bemoans the fact that the pestilence called mankind comes with cars, factories and overconsumption of fossil fuels and other resources.
R. Timothy Patterson, professor of geology and director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre of Canada's Carleton University, says: "I and the first-class scientists I work with are consistently finding excellent correlations between the regular fluctuations of the sun and earthly climate. This is not surprising. The sun and the stars are the ultimate source of energy on this planet." . . .


Limiting human population is something that has been advocated at least since Thomas Malthus. The reason I list the Obama advisor as "wacky" is that this notion has been proven wrong time and time again (many entire books have been written on this). With respect to the environment, man's share of global warming gases is so small and global warming gases are such a small share of total reason that temperatures are changing, it is hard to believe that anyone thinks that we need to change world population. More importantly, world population growth is already slowing fairly dramatically simply due to economics. It is also pretty disappointing that Obama's advisor is advocating such a wacky "solution."

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2 Comments:

Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

...and the Chicken Little Award goes to...

1/02/2009 1:49 AM  
Blogger Mike Gallo said...

I'm not so sure I'm against limiting population growth per se. After all, muslims are outbreeding non-muslims by a huge margin, so a progressive limit (the higher your fertility rate, the more you must cut it down) would certainly help stave off some of Europe's "immigration" problems...

/sarcasm

1/07/2009 10:54 AM  

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