Phil Chapman (geophysicist, astronautical engineer, former NASA astronaut) has been looking at sun spots (or lack thereof), and presents a compelling case for climate change — but not Al Gore’s version.
There is a close correlation between variations in the sunspot cycle and Earth’s climate. The previous time a cycle was delayed like this was in the Dalton Minimum, an especially cold period that lasted several decades from 1790.
Northern winters became ferocious: in particular, the rout of Napoleon’s Grand Army during the retreat from Moscow in 1812 was at least partly due to the lack of sunspots.
That the rapid temperature decline in 2007 coincided with the failure of cycle No.24 to begin on schedule is not proof of a causal connection but it is cause for concern.
It is time to put aside the global warming dogma, at least to begin contingency planning about what to do if we are moving into another little ice age, similar to the one that lasted from 1100 to 1850.
Borrowing a page from the global warming alarmists’ playbook, Chapman paints a pretty bleak picture of what conditions would be like if we really are heading for another ice age. Global warming would be a godsend. He acknowledges an element of uncertainty here, but cautions people to at least consider the possibility, even if it’s not politically expedient.
All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinkers and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead.
It will be difficult for people to face the truth when their reputations, careers, government grants or hopes for social change depend on global warming, but the fate of civilisation may be at stake.