The current Climategate scandal and years of temperature-data fiddling by leading and controlling climatologists resulted in a clear demonstration that Michael Mann’s hockey stick graph was a fabrication that falsified the global temperature history for the past thousand years.
One of the most outstanding features of Michael Mann’s hockey-stick graph was that it attempted to eliminate a well-established historical fact, the Medieval Warm Period (MWP), a period of time when temperatures throughout the globe were substantially warmer and far more benign than they are now.
During the MWP the Vikings colonized Greenland, England had a substantial wine-production industry — based on vineyards grown as far north as Hadrian’s Wall — that successfully competed with that in France, and civilization throughout Europe grew and thrived. All of that ended with the advent of the Little Ice Age, a period of time that brought much colder weather, crop failures, the burning of the witches and millions of deaths through the bubonic plague (a.k.a. the Black Death).
The Little Ice Age ended around 1850. Climate alarmists, including the 15,000 or so meeting at the Copenhagen Climate-Jamboree, brand the slight warming we experienced from about 1850 to the end of the second millennium — with temperatures that are not even yet as high as those reached during the MWP, as something to be afraid of, harbingers of calamities that will bring about not only the end of civilization but the end of all life on Earth.
The climate alarmists, much like a surgeon calling for the amputation of an arm to cure a hangnail, call for futile measures that are far more drastic than the burning of the witches and so far brought nothing less than the doubling and tripling of food prices, spelling death for millions of the world’s poor at the edge of starvation. One third of arable land is now being used not to grow food for those who need it but to grow crops for bio-fuels for cars that don’t need bio-fuels.
Yet, the alarmism relating to the most recent global temperature rise, exaggerated as it is, is nothing but displaced, at best. Temperature trend hockey sticks abound throughout the long climate history of the world, with the current peak in the temperature trend being far from being the highest ever experienced during civilization’s relatively short history. (See also climate histories in Greenland and in the Antarctic.)
With the current warm period being far from indicating anything special, it seems that the next ice age is just around the corner. Perhaps the arctic blast that will quite likely hit the Copenhagen Climate Jamboree this coming weekend will serve as a practical reminder of that.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
One of the great ironies of the Climate Change Conference taking place in Copenhagen is that its focus is on “global warming” at a time when Planet Earth has been in a cooling cycle for the passed decade….(Full Story)