Global Warming Update

44% Say Global Warming Due To Planetary Trends, Not People

Public opinion is changing and so are the opinions of the experts!

Long-term Perspective -- 2008
Snow is covering a greater area of North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China than at any time since 1966. The U.S. National Climatic Data Center reports that many American cities experienced record cold temperatures in January and early February, 2007. The NCDC report states the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average." China is weathering the most brutal winter in a century.
During the the first two weeks of February, 2008, Toronto, Canada, received 70 cm of snow. This broke the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set in 1950. About the Arctic Sea ice that we were warned was melting. That ice that was identified in the Fall , 2007, as having melted to its "lowest levels on record". Those levels were only recorded beginning in 1972. There is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past. As of late February, 2008, that ice has returned. In fact, that ice is 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time during 2007.
Two prominent climate modelers -- Robert Toggweiler of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University and Joellen Russell, assistant professor of biogeochemical dynamics at the University of Arizona -- the computer models showing that polar ice-melt is cooling the oceans, stopping the circulation of warm equatorial water to northern latitudes and triggering another Ice Age are misconceived and fundamentally flawed.
Professor Russell says that, "We missed what was right in front of our eyes". It's not ice melt but rather wind circulation that drives ocean currents northward from the tropics. Climate models until now have not properly accounted for the wind's effects on ocean circulation, so researchers have compensated their models' parameters by over-emphasizing the role of manmade warming on polar ice melt.
Professors Toggweiler and Russell reconfigured their computer model to include the 40-year cycle of winds away from the equator and then back towards it again, the role of ocean currents bringing warm southern waters to the north was obvious in the current Arctic warming.
Kenneth Tapping of Canada's National Research Council oversees a giant radio telescope focused on the sun. He is convinced that the earth will experience a long period of severely cold weather unless sunspot activity increases soon.
The last time the sun was this inactive, earth experienced the Little Ice Age that lasted for about five centuries. It ended in 1850. Crops failed through killer frosts and drought. Famine, plague and war were widespread. Harbors and rivers froze over and trade ceased.

Any one single force of nature is bigger than all of mankind combined. Even if we obliterate it, the Earth will repair itself. Unless you consider all the forces, have enough hard data to support and create a sound theory it becomes quite presumptuous to think MAN would be able to make such a significant impact as the Global Warming crowd purports.

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I have always thought it rather presumptious to think that man alone was the reason for all our climate changes. However I do believe that we can take an active role in preserving and nurturing our environment. I think the biggest problem with all the Global Warming/Cooling arguments is that everyone is so busy trying to say one way or the other if it is man's fault. Life has never been a vacuum where one thing and one thing alone affects an outcome of something. If it was we would have discovered the perfect diet for everyone by now.
I agree totally. What gets me though is that the government uses scare tactics to do stupid things like mandate ethanol and "subsidize" it based on poor information. Ethanol cannot be piped and has to be shipped. I could see farmers getting tax breaks maybe to build a still and produce and use thier own ethanol right there on the farm and forget about forcing it on everybody. Take the shipping costs away and they could likely fuel the farm stuff for a buck a gallon. Of course Ethanol isn't as efficient as gasoline but it still would save them all the state and federal taxes of gasoline.