The Sun Is Responsible For Global Warming?

Liberals tend to get huffy when conservatives say things like this

“The reality is that we really don’t know enough about the climate to know what sort of effect man is having on the global temperature or what earth’s climate is going to be like 20-30 years now. I mean come on, back in the early eighties they were saying that man was causing global COOLING. Now they’re saying man is causing global WARMING. Meanwhile, your weatherman can’t even definitively tell you if it’s going to rain tomorrow or what the weather is going to be like for your trip to the beach next week. Humankind’s knowledge on this subject is currently lacking and until it improves, it doesn’t make sense to make radical changes in an effort to deal with global warming.” — John Hawkins, December 11, 2003

Well, are the lefties still going to get mad when climatologists like Dr. Bill Burrows say basically the same thing?

“While the established view remains that the sun cannot be responsible for all the climate changes we have seen in the past 50 years or so, this study is certainly significant,” he said.

“It shows that there is enough happening on the solar front to merit further research. Perhaps we are devoting too many resources to correcting human effects on the climate without being sure that we are the major contributor.”

Here’s more along the same lines from conservationist David Bellamy…

“Global warming – at least the modern nightmare version – is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world’s politicians and policy-makers are not.

Instead, they have an unshakeable faith in what has, unfortunately, become one of the central credos of the environmental movement: humans burn fossil fuels, which release increased levels of carbon dioxide – the principal so-called greenhouse gas – into the atmosphere, causing the atmosphere to heat up. They say this is global warming: I say this is poppycock.”

Wouldn’t it be a waste to cripple our economy with Kyoto if let’s say, the sun, not human beings, is the main cause of global warming?

“Global warming has finally been explained: the Earth is getting hotter because the Sun is burning more brightly than at any time during the past 1,000 years, according to new research.

A study by Swiss and German scientists suggests that increasing radiation from the sun is responsible for recent global climate changes.

Dr Sami Solanki, the director of the renowned Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Gottingen, Germany, who led the research, said: “The Sun has been at its strongest over the past 60 years and may now be affecting global temperatures.

…Dr Solanki said that the brighter Sun and higher levels of “greenhouse gases”, such as carbon dioxide, both contributed to the change in the Earth’s temperature but it was impossible to say which had the greater impact.”

Tell ya what, when they can accurately forecast whether I’m going to need to take an umbrella to work for an entire summer and how many days it’s going to snow the following winter, then I’ll start paying attention to their “surefire cures” for global warming. But, given how little we actually know and understand about how our climate works, I think it would be nuts to sign up for Kyoto based on the advice of a bunch of environmental “Ms. Cleos”…

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