Sol, not Zog

May 27th, 2007
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Though lacking my own extensive and, dare I say rigourous, scientific training, DrK’s last blog was both well-written and provocative. It high-lighted once again the “don’t-confuse-me-with-facts” attitude of the climate alarmists, and their simmering hatred for those who disagree with them.

Myself aside, I must at least rise in defense of my friend Fred M. who, if nothing else, is a very smart man and a good scientist. Fred presented, on these pages, his own well-put case for solar influence on Earth’s climate. To back him up, recent scientific studies show compelling evidence of climate change, that is warming, on at least two other planets – Mars and Neptune.

Given that neither is to our knowledge inhabited, and have no coal-fired power plants or idling SUVs, it is reasonable to assume an external source for the warming. Not only does the Neptune data show warming, but its past temperature history – based on astronomical observations – also displays a strong correlation with solar activity. There you go Fred.

This is a corollary of trends we observe in the Earth’s sedimentary record, as I have mentioned before. The various characteristics of Earth’s orbit were shown by the Serbian scientist Milankovitch to strongly control climate, including the most recent Ice Age. Stratigraphers have inferred similar controls throughout the geological record – part of my own past research.

Two recent articles in the financial Post add to the human dimension of the debate; specifically, the phenomenon of group-think or psychosis that has enveloped the climate debate. Peter Foster, as I had blogged here, is reminded of the lemming-like behaviour described in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds; while Lawrence Solomon wrote about a German scientist’s who – although a climate change “believer” – warns against the alarmists’ counterfactual use of weather as a proxy for climate.

The latter raises the whole moralistic element of the debate which, as we’ve said, pays little heed to facts. But there are plenty of facts out there, if you care to look.

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