IT'S GETTING COLDER, NOT WARMER
By Alan Caruba
The likelihood, the science, points to ice.
The weather has been on everyone’s mind of late. First it was Katrina, followed by Rita, and then Wilma wandering about in a fashion that defied the ability of the most sophisticated computers of the U.S. Weather Service to predict. Typically, the perpetrators of scare campaigns were quick to announce that the number and ferocity of these and other hurricanes this pass season was due to “global warming.”
This claim is as false as the theory of global warming. Climatologists agree the hurricanes were due to the Atlantic Ocean Conveyer, a system that determines whether the ocean is warmer or cooler, moving large currents around. It is, like most things in Nature, a regular cycle, one that produced many storms in the 1940s and 1950s, then eased off until the 1970s and 1980s, and has now returned.
It is well known that, over the course of billions of years, the earth has gone through warming and cooling cycles. From 1850 to 1950, the Earth gained about one degree Fahrenheit in warmth. It has been warmer in certain ages of the past, such as during the millions of years that dinosaurs existed. The earth, however, is not showing signs of significant warming. The Ice Shelf in Greenland and Antarctica is actually getting thicker and, in 2004, the temperature in the Artic grew noticeably cooler.
This is not something to be ignored, since the earth has been in an interglacial period -- a period between ice ages -- that lasts about 11,200 years and we are due another ice age any day now.
Just as there is nothing mankind can do to prevent a bogus global warming, there is likely nothing we can do to avoid the very real prospect of the next ice age. When it comes it will be extinction time for people, plants, and animals north of the Equator. That’s the way it was the last time. Indeed, in the course of its five billion years, the earth has experienced such extinctions on a regular basis.
While the environmentalists have flooded the classrooms and media of America with endless nonsense about global warming, the fact is that the schedules -- i.e. the movement of the earth around the sun, galactic timetables, and ways in which the earth and our solar system function -- are well known to scientists who study these things and, frankly, none of it bodes well for the human race and other critters.
At least, that is the conclusion of Robert W. Felix, the author of Not by Fire, But by Ice: The Next Ice age Now ($15.95, Sugarhouse Publishing, Bellevue, WA). Piling scientific fact upon fact, Felix notes:
There’s environmentalist propaganda and then there is hard, cold science. No pun intended. Here’s what Felix writes:
It hardly does justice to Felix and his book to try to encapsulate his view that a predictable reversal of the magnetic poles will act as a trigger for the next ice age, and it is not the much ballyhooed global warming that troubles Felix, but evidence that vast, unseen, underwater volcanic warming of the earth’s oceans will bring about the next ice age. As the oceans warm, evaporation increases, which leads to more precipitation and when the excess precipitation begins falling as snow, it portends a new ice age.
“There is a cycle,” says Felix, “a cycle that includes orogenesis (creation of mountains), seismic activity, sea level changes, black shale deposition, volcanism, extinctions, seafloor spreading and magnetic reversals.” (To learn more, visit www.iceagenow.com)
Science is a wonderful thing. It gathers huge quantities of facts, organizing, testing, and analyzes these facts. It is science that has given us an understanding of gravity, our solar system, the human genome, and everything else that has influenced and advanced our lives. Felix has peered into the past and into the future to warn us that all to bundle up.
Is he right? I hope not, but the science he cites, plus the climate worldwide, seems to suggest he is.
Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
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