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    Americans have short memories but, I was blessed with a LONG memory.

    So...How I Know The Global Warming Panic Is Total BlueShoot.
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    The Cooling World

    Newsweek, April 28, 1975

    There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production – with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth.

    The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions destined to feel its impact are the great wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R. in the North, along with a number of marginally self-sufficient tropical areas – parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and Indonesia – where the growing season is dependent upon the rains brought by the monsoon.

    The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it.

    In England, farmers have seen their growing season decline by about two weeks since 1950, with a resultant overall loss in grain production estimated at up to 100,000 tons annually.

    During the same time, the average temperature around the equator has risen by a fraction of a degree – a fraction that in some areas can mean drought and desolation.

    Last April, in the most devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded, 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and caused half a billion dollars’ worth of damage in 13 U.S. states.

    To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents represent the advance signs of fundamental changes in the world’s weather.

    The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth’s climate seems to be cooling down.

    Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend, as well as over its specific impact on local weather conditions.

    But they are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century.

    If the climatic change is as profound as some of the pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be catastrophic. “A major climatic change would force economic and social adjustments on a worldwide scale,” warns a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, “because the global patterns of food production and population that have evolved are implicitly dependent on the climate of the present century.”

    A survey completed last year by Dr. Murray Mitchell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveals a drop of half a degree in average ground temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere between 1945 and 1968.

    According to George Kukla of Columbia University, satellite photos indicated a sudden, large increase in Northern Hemisphere snow cover in the winter of 1971-72.
    And a study released last month by two NOAA scientists notes that the amount of sunshine reaching the ground in the continental U.S. diminished by 1.3% between 1964 and 1972.

    To the layman, the relatively small changes in temperature and sunshine can be highly misleading. Reid Bryson of the University of Wisconsin points out that the Earth’s average temperature during the great Ice Ages was only about seven degrees lower than during its warmest eras – and that the present decline has taken the planet about a sixth of the way toward the Ice Age average.

    Others regard the cooling as a reversion to the “little ice age” conditions that brought bitter winters to much of Europe and northern America between 1600 and 1900 – years when the Thames used to freeze so solidly that Londoners roasted oxen on the ice and when iceboats sailed the Hudson River almost as far south as New York City.

    Just what causes the onset of major and minor ice ages remains a mystery. “Our knowledge of the mechanisms of climatic change is at least as fragmentary as our data,” concedes the National Academy of Sciences report. “Not only are the basic scientific questions largely unanswered, but in many cases we do not yet know enough to pose the key questions.”

    Meteorologists think that they can forecast the short-term results of the return to the norm of the last century.
    They begin by noting the slight drop in overall temperature that produces large numbers of pressure centers in the upper atmosphere.
    These break up the smooth flow of westerly winds over temperate areas.
    The stagnant air produced in this way causes an increase in extremes of local weather such as droughts, floods, extended dry spells, long freezes, delayed monsoons and even local temperature increases – all of which have a direct impact on food supplies.

    “The world’s food-producing system,” warns Dr. James D. McQuigg of NOAA’s Center for Climatic and Environmental Assessment, “is much more sensitive to the weather variable than it was even five years ago.” Furthermore, the growth of world population and creation of new national boundaries make it impossible for starving peoples to migrate from their devastated fields, as they did during past famines.

    Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change, or even to allay its effects.
    They concede that some of the more spectacular solutions proposed, such as melting the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot or diverting arctic rivers, might create problems far greater than those they solve.
    But the scientists see few signs that government leaders anywhere are even prepared to take the simple measures of stockpiling food or of introducing the variables of climatic uncertainty into economic projections of future food supplies.

    The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality.

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    I firmly believe that the Earth is a creature among itself. It grows, learns, goes through change, and adapts accordingly. It's survived many more years than we have, so who are we to say it won't last that many more?

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    This GW hooey has been hyped up for the longest time! I remember when it was Global Cooling, yada yada. Just another way for some to profit from scaring people, IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate View Post
    I firmly believe that the Earth is a creature among itself. It grows, learns, goes through change, and adapts accordingly. It's survived many more years than we have, so who are we to say it won't last that many more?
    I would agree for the most part, but everything living has a "life span". If the earth is truly doing that it could be that an "ice age" or a "mini ice age" such as happened back in the day is needed in order for the actual planet to continue to survive, adapting! Science is an awesome thing but scientist will never know what earth need's to exist. It's quite interesting if looking at the fact's of this and what it could spell out for all of us, terrorism is the least of our worries if this comes to be.

    I do know many that have had crop problems over the last couple of years with drought and all. In Missouri we are 18" of rain behind for the year, 18"! We picked up our live Christmas tree on Monday and there wasn't a single nice looking tree in the field. A few years ago you could almost take whatever one was out there. The farmer told me that this was the second year in a row that he has lost ALL of his seedlings and that has never happened in 30 years he said. He said he has lost some and at times maybe half depending on the year but never ALL of them in a season let alone two of them.

    Very interesting stuff. I will be passing this on the my dad who is a retired scientist/biologist as to what he think's. I would bet he has been watching this as well and just hasn't said anything about it yet.

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    Great! Now we only need to worry about the major earth quakes, 2 mega-tsunamis (one for each coast), a mega-volcano, the earth losing its magnetic poles, solar flares, and an asteroid. Hopefully not all at once. Not even mentioning terrorism and hurricanes.
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    About the tree thing, my explanation for that is as simple as "When one door closes, another opens."

    Entire species have gone extinct, only to have new ones emerge and flourish. Global cooling/global warming, just another phase of Mother Earth's existence.

    And you are quite correct about every living thing having a lifespan, and Earth's days are most definitely numbered. How many are left? Guess we'll never know.

    Part of me wonders if CFCs and exhaust are comparable to me smoking, thus shortening both our life spans. On this same token, I wonder if the last generation of humans to live on this earth (if we're still kicking by then, which I'd like to think so) would actually witness the deterioration of the planet before it kicks the bucket.

    Would be pretty frightening, I imagine, given that most astronomers predict that the most likely cause of Earth's demise will be the sudden and catastrophic explosion of the Sun, which, of course, would take 8.3 minutes to register here, and then perhaps a series of days or weeks before everything goes to pot due to the lack of heat, energy, and light.

    Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

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    Thanks for posting.

    I have an engineering degree and information on global warming or global cooling goes in cycles like it has for billions of years. Can we impact the cycles? Yes. Can we throw it out of wack? Maybe.

    You can choose to make choices to minimize your impact to the cycles in a negative way so it does not become un-balanced through lack of damping. Just think of the earth as a pair of shock absorbers when they work they dampen things out when they don't it goes out of control.

    We don't have enough time and data to know if we have good shocks or bad!

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    All i can say is I'm glad I won't be around in 50 years....
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    If you want a fun read novel that is packed with all sort of real info contradicting the global warming idiocy try Michael Crichton's State of Fear.

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    Another problem with the models used to justify global warming is that they don't reflect reality. Put the data in from 30 years ago and the results are not what you see today. Put in data identical except off by a few thousandths, and you get radically different results. That's the effect of chaos on the model and why weather forcasts are of almost no value 3 or more days out. The effects of water vapor and clouds are not included in the global warming models, yet they are the principal mechanism in the "Nuclear Winter" models (another flash from the past).

    Climatologists say that CO2 is causing global warming, yet in every past global warming cycle, evidence of increased CO2 follows evidence of increased temperatures.

    And there is concern by another group about global dimming - the decrease of solar energy reaching the surface of the Earth.

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    I think we are in for CRAZY weather but, Man~Made Global Warming has nothing to do with it.
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    I pray for Global Warming every winter. But I never get it.

    I've read plenty of articles this fall about how cooler we were this year, and to listen to the global warming people try to explain that it is because of global warming melting the polar ice caps that it's making the earth cooler.

    There is two problems with this: one it's totally insane to believe anything like that would make sense and the other they have registered a larger ice pack the last couple of years.

    I guess we just can't get rid of snake oil.
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    Skeptics Guide to Global Warming

    The skeptics guide to global warming.


    Contact: Marc Morano ( ), Matt Dempsey ( )

    Washington D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the outgoing Chairman of Environment & Public Works Committee, is pleased to announce the public release of the Senate Committee published booklet entitled “A Skeptic’s Guide to Debunking Global Warming Alarmism. Hot & Cold Media Spin Cycle: A Challenge To Journalists who Cover Global Warming.”

    Click here to download the "Skeptic's Guide" (]

    The color glossy 64 page booklet -- previously was only available in hardcopy to the media and policy makers -- includes speeches, graphs, press releases and scientific articles refuting catastrophe climate fears presented by the media, the United Nations, Hollywood and former Vice President turned-foreign-lobbyist Al Gore.

    The “Skeptic’s Guide” includes a copy of Senator Inhofe’s 50 minute Senate floor speech delivered on September 25, 2006 challenging the media to improve its reporting.

    The ‘Skeptic’s Guide’, which has received recognition by the LA Times and Congressional Quarterly, is now available free for international distribution on the Senate Environmental & Public Works Web site (]

    The book, which features web links to all supporting documentation, also serves as a handbook to identify the major players in media bias when it comes to poor climate science reporting. The guide presents a reporter’s virtual who’s-who’s of embarrassing and one-sided media coverage, with a focus on such reporters as CBS News “60 Minutes” Scott Pelley, ABC News reporter Bill Blakemore, CNN’s Miles O’Brien, and former NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw.

    Senator Inhofe’s “Skeptic’s Guide” also includes hard hitting critiques of the New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Associated Press, Reuters, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post.

    Senator Inhofe has challenged the media in a series of speeches and hearings to stop the unfounded hype.

    “The American people are fed up with the media for promoting the idea that former Vice President Al Gore represents the scientific “consensus” that SUV’s and the modern American way of life have somehow created a 'climate emergency' that only United Nations bureaucrats and wealthy Hollywood liberals can solve,” Senator Inhofe said in October.

    Skepticism that human C02 emissions are creating a “climate catastrophe” has grown in recent times. In September, renowned French geophysicists and Socialist Party member Claude Allegre, converted from a believer in manmade catastrophic global warming to a climate skeptic. This latest defector from the global warming camp caps a year in which numerous scientific studies have bolstered the claims of climate skeptics.

    Scientific studies that debunk the dire predictions of human-caused global warming have continued to accumulate and many believe the new science is shattering the media-promoted scientific “consensus” on climate alarmism. See: (

    Related Links:

    12/06/2006 - Inhofe Says Global Warming Media Hearing Exposed Alarmist Media (

    10/17/2006 - Renowned Scientist Defects From Belief in Global Warming – Caps Year of Vindication for Skeptics (

    10/30/2006 - “I Don’t Like The Word ‘Balance’’- Says ABC News Global Warming Reporter (

    10/24/2006 - Senator Inhofe Credited For Prompting Newsweek Admission of Error on 70's Predictions of Coming Ice Age - In Case You Missed It.... ( )

    09/25/2006 – Senator Inhofe Speech: “Hot & Cold Media Spin: A Challenge To Journalists Who Cover Global Warming” (

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    Global Changes?...

    This week we are headed to an Ice Age...facts prove it beyond any doubt!
    Last week we were headed to Global Warming...facts proved it beyond any doubt!

    I'm a bit confused, to say the least...
    I understand that there is now medical proof that sex can cause cancer...guess I'm gonna' die!

    Can't really complain much about life, 'cause no one gets out alive anyway!

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    Where I live used to be right on the edge of the ice sheet, most of BC was covered in Ice up to a mile thick in some places, I know people that have watched glaciers retreat over a couple of mile in the last 20 years, but I really wonder how much is caused by us. If the Earth can survive the melting of the North American ice sheet, I suspect it can survive this next event.

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