by Ghost of John Brown
I know what you are thinking: "Ghostie, it's the middle of June and I'm getting ready to pull out my Margarita machine and plan my next pool party, why are you talking about the cold? Have you lost your mind?" Well, this article probably doesn't have anything to do with disproving that I've lost my mind, but it might be better to invest in a snow shoe company than plan your next pool party.
While Al Gore and his goofball companions have been worried about global warming, we should be preparing for global cooling, which will be far more devastating. Click below the fold for an explanation.
What most people don't realize (or care to think about) is that our planet and more importantly, our sun, works in cycles. There are cycles that last a decade or so and there are cycles that last thousands or tens of thousands of years. The sun's radiation that is sent to warm our planet ebbs and flows with these cycles. That is all background for a discussion on sunspot activity.
"Oh great googly-moogly, Ghostie, please not another boring technical discussion." OK, I'll try to keep it in layman's terms. Through the article, I'll reference some highly technical studies and reports if you are one of those that drools over equations and 10 syllable words.
A recent study by Livingston and Penn, which is being recognized by a growing number of scientists is predicting that sunspots will virtually vanish by the year 2015 for an extended period of time. The reason why this is important is that there is a strong correlation between sunspot activity and global temperatures.
The last truly significant period of global cooling was called the "Little Ice Age", which roughly occured between the years 1550 and 1850 AD, with the coldest periods occurring in the 16th and 17th centuries. It coincided with a solar period called the "Maunder Minimum". The Maunder Minimum was a period of little to no sunspot activity. See the image below.
The effects of the Maunder Minimum and the Little Ice Age were dramatic. The little ice age coincided with Irish Potato Famine, the Bubonic Plague, and Napoleon's army freezing to death at the Russian front. You can make a great case for global WARMING leading to a healthier economy through greater crop production, but no one can make a case for global cooling doing the same.
Back to Livingston and Penn..........
The prediction of solar cycles and sunspot activity are fairly well documented. Back as far as Galileo, scientists have monitored and kept track of sunspot activity. Their cycles are predictable. Even NASA will say so. Other scientific sources are signaling the same thing.
Their evidence is supported by Dr. Frank Hill of the National Solar Observtory in New Mexico, who stated:
"If we are right," Hill concluded, "this could be the last solar maximum we'll see for a few decades. That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth's climate."
At this point, the federal planning and all of the hysteria about global warming is 180 degrees wrong. Time to turn that thermometer upside down.
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