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Volume 11 No. 2 • March 2008


An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties . . . it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.
— Norton vs. Shelby County 118 US 425 p. 442

D&S Comment: Of course, unconstitutional acts by Congress and administrative agencies are enforced without regard to the above. The bottom line is that current government is mostly illegitimate.

When the magician says, ‘Watch very closely,’ the trick’s already been done.
— Timothy Zahn, Blackcollar 2: The Judas Solution

To my dismay, IPCC authors ignored all my comments and suggestions for major changes in the FOD (First Order Draft) and sent me the SOD (Second Order Draft) with essentially the same text as the FOD. None of the authors of the chapter bothered to directly communicate with me (or with other expert reviewers with whom I communicate on a regular basis) on many issues that were raised in my review. This is not an acceptable scientific review process.
— Dr. Madhav Khandekar, IPCC 2007 expert reviewer and
meteorologist, Natural Resources Stewardship Project,
as quoted in The New American, February 18, 2008

A Year of Global Cooling

As of January 2008, four major temperature-trend sources have reported that January 2008 was the latest in a 12-month period of sharp global temperature drops [Hadley Climate Research Unit Temperature (HadCRUT), NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), University of Alabama, Huntsville (UAH), Remote Sensing Systems of Santa Rosa, CA (RSS)].

“This drop in temperature is certainly very unusual. The fall of 0.595 degree since Jan. 2007 is the largest January-to-January drop in HadCRUT since 1875 and the biggest drop for any 12-month interval since –0.681 degree in Feb. 1974.”

“The January temperature is the lowest for any month since 1994, and the lowest for a month unaffected by volcanic eruptions in 20 years.”

All the above plus lots more (including graphs of the temperature trends from each temperature center) was found at http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/january-2008-4-sources-say-globally-cooler-in-the-past-12-months/.

There is a tremendous amount of perceived threat being expressed on the Web and in Science1 and Nature in the “global warming as human-caused disaster” community in response to a new hypothesis of global climate change based upon the effects of the sun’s magnetic field on cosmic rays, which strongly affect cloud formation. What we expect to see, in response to the temperature-drop data, is that the global warmists will frantically look for some way they can manipulate their hypothesis to “explain” global cooling in the context of global warming. In other words, temperatures can go up or they can go down and it is still global warming. This is a giveaway that “global warming” dogma is a religion, not science: when there is no fact that can falsify the hypothesis.

This period of sharp global temperature drops coincides with a sharp decrease in the sun’s magnetic activity, associated with few or no visible sunspots. A drop in the sun’s magnetic activity results in a decrease in the solar interplanetary magnetic field that would otherwise push cosmic rays away from Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in fewer clouds. The energetic particles of cosmic rays serve as nucleation sites for cloud formation. With fewer clouds, the Earth’s albedo is decreased, and hence less of the sun’s energy is reflected back into space. Conversely, with more cosmic rays reaching the atmosphere under conditions of less energetic solar winds, more clouds are formed, resulting in higher albedo and thus cooling.2,3

A final note: As has been pointed out by many, there are more human deaths during cold than during hot weather. Now that the politicians and bureaucrats have seriously damaged fuel-producing markets in the U.S. and elsewhere, a cold trend (should it continue) could be very costly. Wind and solar power are not going to keep most Americans warm!

References

  1. Pasotti J. Geophysics: daggers are drawn over revived cosmic ray-climate link. Science, January 11, 2008. “Last year, climate change scientists thought they had driven a silver stake through the idea that fluctuations in solar activity were behind global warming in the last century. Now, a high-profile team led by geophysicist Vincent Courtillot, director of the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris, has sought to raise the dead in a paper linking changes in Earth’s magnetic field to temperature variations in recent millennia. . . . Climate change researchers have set out to strangle the hypothesized climate-geomagnetism connection in its crib.” [Emphasis added] This is remarkably unobjective language for a news report in a supposed scientific journal. Moreover, they did not give the citation for the paper by Courtillot, only that it “appeared last year” in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
  2. Carslaw et al. Cosmic rays, clouds, and climate. Science 298:1732-7 (2002).
  3. Medvedev and Melott. Do extragalactic cosmic rays induce cycles in fossil diversity? Astrophys J 664:879-89 (2007).

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