American Elephants

Snow and Ice Storms are Not, Repeat, Not, Evidence of Global Warming! by The Elephant's Child

Snow and ice storms across the Midwest this last week have left more than 1,500,000 customers without power in Ohio, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas. Oklahoma, Indiana and West Virginia. The weight of ice on branches and trees brings them crashing down, and taking powerlines with them.

People are without not only heat and lights,  but without water and sewers. Small towns are frantically trying to help their residents.  Shelters are full.  FEMA has shipped 50-100 generators to supply electricity to hospitals, nursing homes and water treatment plants.  At least 42 people have died.

Our hearts go out to those shivering in the Midwest, and we hope that power returns soon.

Cold weather is far more dangerous than hot weather.  Cold kills.

The earth has been cooling for the last five years, and the sun has been quiet, without sunspots.  There has been no warming since 1998.

In 2001 geologist Don Easterbrook predicted the beginning of a period of global cooling.  At a recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, he again predicted a period of cooling based in part on correlation between past glacial fluctuations, his area of expertise, with periods of low solar irradiance and changes in the Pacific Ocean. (…)

The predicted cooling seems to have already begun.  Recent measurements of global temperatures suggest a gradual cooling trend since 1998 and 2007-2008 was a year of sharp global cooling.  The cooling trend will likely continue as the sun enters a cycle of lower irradiance and the Pacific Ocean changed from its warm mode to its cool mode. (…)

The good news is that global warming (i.e., the 1977-1998 warming)  is over and atmospheric CO2 is not a vital issue.  The bad news is that cold conditions kill more people than warm conditions, so we are in for bigger problems than we might have experienced if global warming had continued.  Mortality data from 1979-2002 death certificate records show twice as many deaths directly from extreme cold than for deaths from extreme heat, 8 times as many deaths as those from floods, and 30 times as many as from hurricanes.  The number of deaths indirectly related to cold is many times worse. (Read the whole article here). (Also see here)

Our government is enthusiastically and gallantly  galloping off in the oposite direction, trying to cut back on the CO2 that will be important in helping food crops to grow in a colder world.  CO2 is not only necessary for life, but it is a natural fertilizer in the atmosphere.

Instead of drilling for oil or natural gas which would assure our future sources of power, they are chasing after the bird in the bush, “clean alternative energy,”  which if doubled or trebled would still not be a significant source of energy in America.

But never let facts get in the way of a payback for radical green supporters.

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