Are You Ready For Global Cooling?
Investor's Business Daily - May, 24, 2010
Climate Science: Noted scientists at a Chicago climate conference declare
that global warming is not only dead, but that the planet faces a big chill for
decades to come. What about those frozen wind turbines?
It's not exactly Copenhagen or Kyoto, but the 700 scientists attending the
fourth International Conference on Climate Change, sponsored by the Heartland
Institute, had some chilling" news of their own in the most liberal sense.
"Global warming is over - at least for a few decades," Don Easter-brook,
emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University, told the
gathering. "However, the bad news is that global cooling is even more harmful to
humans than global warming, and a cause for greater concern."
Easterbrook and 74 other presenters at the conference said what everyone
already knows, having shoveled record amounts of global warming off our
sidewalks and driveways last winter.
We don't need computer models to tell us, baby, it's getting cold outside. Of
course, the doomsayers will claim that global warming causes global warming.
"Rather than global warming at a rate of about 1 (degree) Fahrenheit per
decade, records of past natural cycles indicate there maybe global cooling for
the first few decades of the 21st century to about 2030," Easterbrook said.
He spoke of natural cycles that have been occurring since the discovery of
fire and mankind's first carbon emissions, long before the invention of the
wheel and the SUV.
Easterbrook and the other scientists reported on sudden and natural climate
fluctuations documented in the geologic record, all before 1945. Two big climate
changes occurred in the past 15,000 years, and another 60 smaller changes in the
last 5,000 years.
Another presenter, James M. Taylor, an environmental policy expert and a
fellow at the Heartland Institute, said that global cooling is happening
He pointed to data provided by the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab showing
snow records from the last 10 years exceeding the records set in the 1960s and
Based on new analysis of ice cores from Greenland to Antarctica, Easterbrook
said global temperatures rose and fell from 9 to 15 degrees in a single century
or less, a natural phenomenon he called "astonishing."
We see a bit of irony in an early February report that 11, 115-foot-tall wind
turbines installed to provide power to 11 Minnesota towns were not functioning
because they couldn't handle the record cold temperatures of a harsh winter.
Global cooling, it seems, stalled their fight against global warming.
They should be thawed out by now but Dan Geiger, electrical director for
Chaska, Minn., said at the time the city had been receiving inquiries as to why
its 160-kilowatt $300,000 turbine wasn't working.
He told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune it had not worked since mid-November.
That's what we call a green energy no-spin zone.
Yes, it's warmer today than it was a century ago, but it was even warmer when
Eric the Red settled on Greenland in 986.
The climate there supported the Viking way of life based upon cattle, hay,
grain and herring for about 300 years, predating the Industrial Revolution.
By 1100, a colony of about 3,000 was thriving there. But then came the Little
Ice Age, and by 1400, average temperatures had declined by about 2.7 degrees
Fahrenheit, and the advancing glaciers doomed the Viking colony in
They were doomed by global cooling.
In testimony before Congress on May 6, Britain's Lord Monckton noted that
"neither global mean surface temperature nor its rates of change in-recent
decades have been exceptional, unusual, inexplicable, or unprecedented."
He also advised: "There are many urgent priorities that need the attention of
Congress, and it is not for me as an invited guest in your country to say what
they are. Yet I can say this much: On any view, 'global warming1 is not one of
We just hope the polar bears don't catch their death of cold.