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The Mayan End of the World Prediction and Climate Catastrophe
Watts Up With That? ^ | December 18, 2012 | Guest post by Steve Goreham

Posted on 12/19/2012 6:10:27 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

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Guest post by Steve Goreham

Originally published in The Washington Times

The Mayan calendar is about to end, and with it, the world.

People love nothing more than an apocalypse. Meteor collisions, alien invasions, super volcanoes, nuclear winter, and global warming all provide great material for mass entertainment and breathless news reporting.

The latest apocalypse to capture our imagination is the idea that, along with the Mayan calendar, the world will end on the 21st day of this month. The Mayan “Long Count” calendar, which began in 3114 BC, ends on December 21, 2012. The calendar is supposedly the measure of days from the beginning of humanity to the end. As a result, some doomsayers predict the end of the world in a few days.

Proposed scientific reasons why we won’t have a merry Christmas include ejection of mass from the sun, a sudden switching of Earth’s magnetic poles, a massive meteor collision with Earth, and a sudden shift in Earth’s crust. At this very moment, people across the world are stockpiling guns, machetes, kerosene, matches, sugar, and candles in preparation for the coming disaster. But our National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) assures us that the world won’t end on December 21.

Over that last two centuries, most doomsday threats have been blamed on humanity itself.

Consider overpopulation. The Anglican minister Thomas Malthus postulated in 1798 that global population would outstrip mankind’s ability to feed itself, leading to economic disaster. Dr. Paul Ehrlich followed up with his 1968 book The Population Bomb, predicting that hundreds of millions of people would starve to death during the decade of the 1970s. But the agricultural revolution of the twentieth century and slowing population growth have confounded the predictions of Malthus and Ehrlich.

Other feared man-made catastrophes include killer air pollution, global thermonuclear war, worldwide disease pandemics, economic collapse from passing the production point of peak oil, and disaster from genetically engineered foods. While the jury is still out in some cases, these predicted catastrophes do not appear to be occurring.

But the greatest of all these fears is Climatism, the belief that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying Earth’s climate.

Alarming climate change predictions would fit well with Mayan fears, but they need a little more time. According to economist Lord Nicholas Stern of the London School of Economics on the impacts of global warming: “…what we are talking about then is extended world war…People would move on a massive scale. Hundreds of millions, probably billions of people would have to move…” From environmentalist Bill McKibben: “The world hasn’t ended, but the world as we know it has—even if we don’t quite know it yet.” From Dr. James Lovelock: “…before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.”

What’s amazing is that the theory of dangerous global warming is accepted by the majority of world leaders. Today, the heads of state of 191 of the 192 nations are pursuing policies to try to stop the planet from warming. Most leading universities, NASA and other major scientific organizations, most of the Fortune 500 companies, and the news media accept the pending doom of man-made climate change. The world is spending over $250 billion each year to try to “decarbonize.”

But empirical evidence does not support the theory of catastrophic man-made warming. The 0.7oC rise in global temperatures since 1880 was matched one thousand years ago during the Medieval Warm Period, when temperatures were warmer than today. Despite increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide, Earth’s surface temperatures have been flat to declining for more than 10 years. Arctic ice has been declining, but Antarctic ice, which is 90 percent of Earth’s ice, has been increasing over the last 30 years. Sea levels are naturally rising at 7‒8 inches per century, but no evidence shows that accelerating sea level rise is underway. Hurricanes and tropical storms are neither more frequent nor stronger today than in times past. Polar bear populations have more than doubled in the last 50 years.

So, complete your Christmas shopping and don’t sell your winter coat. The world may end, but not before you have to pay your taxes and your credit card bills.

Steve Goreham is Executive Director of the Climate Science Coalition of America and author of the new book The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism: Mankind and Climate Change Mania.



TOPICS: Conspiracy; Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: climatechange; doomsdaycult; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; globalwarmingscare; hysteria; mayan; thegreenmenace
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1 posted on 12/19/2012 6:10:42 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; Carry_Okie; blam; Lorianne; Twotone; bigbob; NormsRevenge; ...

Just a few more days left before....it all ends....according to the Mayan Calendar....


2 posted on 12/19/2012 6:13:20 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bull Ka Ka!


3 posted on 12/19/2012 6:15:58 PM PST by Route395
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic"

Love the nature program take on humanity. Will the females 'show' during 'rutting season' when they're ready to breed?

4 posted on 12/19/2012 6:16:43 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: All
The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism: Mankind and Climate Change Mania [Paperback]

Steve Goreham (Author)


5 posted on 12/19/2012 6:18:49 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Don't know what people are worried about. I'm watching the live feed from the ISS and everything is peaceful on our beautiful blue panet.

The feed refreshes every fifteen seconds...

6 posted on 12/19/2012 6:19:08 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

7 posted on 12/19/2012 6:20:28 PM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: BenLurkin

Whats that dark spot up there?


8 posted on 12/19/2012 6:26:41 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nothing’s gonna happen.

Of course not.

On the other hand, I’ve laid in several bottles of Jim Beam and three boxes of cigars, so either I’m gonna get smoked or they are - and, who knows, maybe both!


9 posted on 12/19/2012 6:28:23 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

They finally translated the last bit at the bottem of the calender it said “buy another calender”.


10 posted on 12/19/2012 6:29:39 PM PST by Lee Enfield (The tree ferrets give no warning.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
If it makes anybody feel better, Hopi High School has a basketball game scheduled for 01-08-13, 7:30 p.m. at the Tuba City High School gym.
11 posted on 12/19/2012 6:30:24 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (U.S. elections have become nothing but another cheap ripoff of American Idol.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

YIKES!


12 posted on 12/19/2012 6:31:45 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
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13 posted on 12/19/2012 6:32:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The end came on November 6th but Congress and the people still don’t want to admit it.


14 posted on 12/19/2012 6:35:11 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Aw crap, it’s THIS Friday! So much to do, and so little time...


15 posted on 12/19/2012 6:36:59 PM PST by carriage_hill (Don't whiz on the electric fence. Awwwww-yeah!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

16 posted on 12/19/2012 6:38:31 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
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17 posted on 12/19/2012 6:51:10 PM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Will we have a Dead Thread?


18 posted on 12/19/2012 6:54:20 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
That Mayan stuff is a bunch of junk. Here let me proff that. Will search the headlines for any major world problems on the horizon. Here, have a look see.

Israeli Air Force preparing to deal with chemical weapons

IAF chief: We'll know how to deal with Syrian WMDs

Syrian defector: Assad forces transferred WMDs to Lebanon

Report: Destroyed Hezbollah Weapons Depot Held Missiles Capable of Being Equipped With Chemical Warheads

Washington Raises Specter of Al Qaeda Seizing Syrian Chemical Weapons

Why Syria's Chemical Weapons Are So Terrifying [INFOGRAPHIC]

UN voices fears over Syria chemical weapons

Syria Says Opposition Could Use Chemical Weapons

Syrian Scud Missiles Seen as Escalation of War

Nope. Nothing major to worry about for an hour or two. Might as well party.

19 posted on 12/19/2012 7:02:33 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I won’t see the end of the world because I’ll either be sleeping or at work.


20 posted on 12/19/2012 7:05:24 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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