Here's an interesting article on the Web today relating to England's blizzard-like conditions this week...which I mentioned in my last posting. Very, very few senior politicians dare to challenge the global warming ''consensus'' even now, after 16 years of NO warming. It seems political suicide to challenge the latest faith of the cultural elite. Ask Australia's Opposition Leader Tony Abbott about the crap he gets. Then there is the ignorant wonderboy Barack Obama in his inauguration speech today parroting the same warmist party line about bringing down CO2 to help sustain our planet's biosphere. You'll be seeing more billions of American's tax money going to waste for a baseless cause and deeper in debt.
One exception has been Czech President Vaclav Klaus wrote an excellent book, Blue Planet in Green Shackles (What is Endangered: Climate or Freedom). In it he wrote, ''Environmentalism is a political movement that originally began with the protection of the environment -- a humble and even legitimate goal -- but has gradually transformed itself into an ideology that has almost nothing to do with nature. It is a movement that intends to radically change the world regards of the consequences (at the cost of human lives and severe restrictions on individual freedom)''. but now comes another, London mayor Boris Johnson, seen as a future contender for leadership of Britain's Conservative Party. What's important is not so much the argument he puts, but that he dares to put it:
-- I remember snow that used to come and settle for just long enough for a single decent snowball fight before turning to slush; I don't remember winters like this. Two days ago I was going through Trafalgar Square and saw icicles on the traffic lights; I haven't seen that before. I am all for theories about climate change, and would not for a moment dispute the wisdom or good intentions of the majority of scientists.
-- But I am also an empiricist; and I observe that something appears to be up with our weather, and to call it ''warming'' is obviously to strain the language. I wish I knew more about what is going on, and why. It was time to consult the learned astrophysicist, Piers Corbyn. (Editor: Piers Corbyn's climate analysis is based on ''The Solar Weather Technique''. The technique ''combines statistical analysis over a century of historical weather patterns and clues derived from solar observations.'') His method has high accuracy in predicting weather in the short and long term.
-- I found when the solar ''acne'' diminishes, it seems that the Earth gets colder. No one contests that when the planet palpably cooled from 1645 - 1715 at the Maunder Minimum, which saw the freezing of the Thames, there was a diminution of solar activity. The same point is made point is made about the so-called Dalton Minimum from 1790 - 1850. And it is the view of Piers Corbyn that we are now seeing exactly the same phenomenon today.
-- Piers says, ''There is every indication that we are at the beginning of a mimi ice age. The general decline in solar activity is lower than NASA's lowest prediction of five years ago. That could be very bad news for our climate. We are in for a prolonged cold period. Indeed, we could have 30 years of general cooling.'' I am speaking only as layman who observes that there is plenty of snow in our winters these days and across Europe, and who wonders whether it might be time for governments to start taking seriously the possibility, however remote, that Corbyn is right....we need to have an open mind and hold on to our wallets.
The Way I See It....Johnson is most definitely right. It is now proper for senior politicians to keep an open mind on global warming, and especially when deciding whether to spend billions to ''stop'' it. After all, there is a lot of debate about solar activity and its effect on the climate. But more scientists are coming around and taking the Sun's influence more seriously. This was through no small part by Henrik Svensmark and his work at the Danish National Space Center on the interplay of the clouds, the Sun and cosmic rays showing that these have more effect on the climate than man-made carbon dioxide. He published his findings in a book entitled, The Chilling Stars with help of Nigel Calder.and concluded that ''nothing but scientific due diligence and not computer models will reveal the evidence we seek.''
Let have Piers Corbyn have the last word: ''The anthropogenic contribution to global warming is minimal with any increase in temperature due to increased solar activity, but that's changed now with decreased solar activity. Carbon Dioxide has never driven, does not drive and never will drive weather or climate. Global warming is over and it never was anything to do with CO2. CO2 is still rising but the world is now cooling and will continue to do so.'' Enough said??