May 9, 2009

"Officially spotless"

Alan Sullivan:
There was a minor flare-up of cycle 24 activity on the far side of the sun yesterday. It was detected by solar-orbiting scientific satellites. There were three CME's (coronal mass ejections). Presumably one or more sunspots were present for a time. But today the disturbed area has rotated around the limb of the sun, and it has already calmed down. No spot is visible, so the sun remains officially spotless. Yet this flutter of activity has caused a flurry of media attention.

Until recently, the media had entirely ignored the unusual extended solar minimum. When some stories appeared, they were invariably accompanied by caveats, quoting some warmista "climate scientist," asserting that the sun could not possibly override the overwhelming force of "greenhouse effect." But now, the moment cycle 24 shows a sign of life, the media are all over it. They are so desperate for the agenda to remain undisturbed...

"Desperate." Ha. To me the climate situation is like one of those movies where the viewer knows that something is about to happen, but the characters go wandering around the haunted house without a clue. Perhaps we are at the stage where somebody says, "I have a bad feeling about this place."

There presumably must be a point where people become aware that the Earth seems to be cooling. Average temperatures have been declining for a decade, polar ice is increasing, and, most importantly, the Argo experiment shows that deep ocean temperatures are going down. (Link, link)

And if/when we come to that point, that's when it gets really interesting to me. The question is, will people re-think? In a general way, that is. Will any significant number of people become true skeptics? A skeptic is not a disbeliever, it's someone who prefers to look carefully at the evidence and find the truth. (That, by the way, is why most people who claim to be "skeptics" in religion are phonies. They are disbelievers pretending to be thinkers. Here's a good essay on this.)

My guess is that people won't re-think. They will just accept whatever new "consensus" they are fed by politicians and the media. And Leftists will discover that massive government action is needed, lest selfishness and individualism and unrestrained capitalism cause a new ice age...

Posted by John Weidner at May 9, 2009 7:37 AM
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