By Ghost of John Brown
Today is a wonderful day. As I write this, we are swimming in a balmy 32 degrees F. Ah, a heat wave. Over the last month, I've wondered from time to time if there would be any benefit in becoming a reverse illegal alien and jumping the fence into Mexico just to be able to feel the end of my nose again.
We've been stuck here in the Chicago areas at or below freezing for most of the month of December. The East Coast is trying to dig out of a blizzard. A football game was postponed by the NFL, causing Gov. Ed Rendell to call us a nation of "wussies" (a rare time I agree with a Democrat). That brings up a thought - what is a "normal" temperature?
The global warming fanatics have been screaming for the past decade or so about how the world is going to come to a fiery end. The question is, does that match reality?
Check out this excellent post from Watts Up With That. While temperatures today are higher than those from 2 decades ago, it is important to judge these in comparison to historic temperatures. The last ice age ended about 10,000 years ago. Based on ice-core reading from Greenland, throughout most of the last 10,000 years, temperatures have been at least 2 degrees F warmer than today. It is really funny to compare that to pronouncements from the United Nations. Some have predicted dire consequences such as animal extinction and the end of man if we see average global temperatures rising more than a couple of degrees.
REALLY??? During some of the warmer periods over the last 10,000 years, civilizations thrived and during cold periods, we had periods of devastation. Remember the black plaque? The Dark Ages were a period of significant cooling. The "Little Ice Age" corresponded with the Irish Potato Famine.
Would the world be better off with global warming? Perhaps. There are pluses and minuses. Agriculture would thrive with higher temperatures as it has in the past, but because many populated areas are near sea level, there would be negative affects as well.
The problem with the global warming crowd is that they don't want to look beyond a very small window in time. The earth has a funny habit of doing what it wants, irrespective of what man thinks should happen. The world has been much cooler than it is now and it has been much warmer. Nothing, not even Al Gore will be able to stop that. Buy some thermal underwear and enjoy some hot chocolate.
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