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Climate Change Doomed the Ancients (Bad History Alert)
New York Slimes ^ | 5/27/14 | Eric Cline

Posted on 05/28/2014 11:16:33 AM PDT by mojito

...Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and a stalwart believer that global warming is a “hoax,” dismissed the report as a publicity stunt.

Perhaps the senator needs a history lesson, because climate change has been leading to global conflict — and even the collapse of civilizations — for more than 3,000 years. Drought and famine led to internal rebellions in some societies and the sacking of others, as people fleeing hardship at home became conquerors abroad.

One of the most vivid examples comes from around 1200 B.C. A centuries-long drought in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean regions, contributed to — if not caused — widespread famine, unrest and ultimately the destruction of many once prosperous cities, according to four recent studies.

The scientists determined the length and severity of the drought by examining ancient pollen as well as oxygen and carbon isotope data drawn from alluvial and mineral deposits. All of their conclusions are corroborated by correspondence, inscribed and fired on clay tablets, dating from that time.

Ancient letters from the Hittite kingdom, in what is now modern-day Turkey, beseech neighboring powers for shipments of grain to stave off famine caused by the drought. (The drought is thought to have affected much of what is now Greece, Israel, Lebanon and Syria for up to 300 years.)

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: ancientgorians; catastrophism; climatechange; globalwarmingscare; godsgravesglyphs; planetgore; revisionisthistory; waronhistory; waronsciencememe
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First, science "proved" climate change.

Now, "history" proves it too.

Uhm...except for the inconvenient fact that the Hittite kingdom of Anatolia wasn't a big consumer of fossil fuels...so maybe closing down coal plants isn't the way to go.

But don't bother to point out the fallacy of the left's arguments, you racist.

1 posted on 05/28/2014 11:16:34 AM PDT by mojito
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lol

they never stop and they never let facts and common sense get in the way


2 posted on 05/28/2014 11:17:57 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: mojito

Weather fluctuates...whodda thunk it.


3 posted on 05/28/2014 11:19:45 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: mojito

It’s been cooling off for the last 9,000 years. What did ya expect?


4 posted on 05/28/2014 11:20:44 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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If it wasn’t for global warming — Chicago would still be under a mile of ice.


5 posted on 05/28/2014 11:21:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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But don't bother to point out the fallacy of the left's arguments, you racist.

Yes this article Completely destroys their central point and conclusions but they are to stupid to notice. LOL

6 posted on 05/28/2014 11:21:45 AM PDT by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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They unearthed those Anatolian SUVs yet? or a stone tablet depicting those several-miles-long Anatolian tailbacks . . . ?


7 posted on 05/28/2014 11:23:13 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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Doomed the ancients? How can that be? No power plants...no coal production...no central heating...no air conditioning...no SUVs....

Perhaps this story is a blessing in disguise...a revelation that the climate has been changing...warmer,cooler,drier,wetter...for tens of thousands of years (at least).

8 posted on 05/28/2014 11:24:06 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: usurper

It was all those Sumerian Sport Utility Vehicles* don’t you know?

(*Chariots)


9 posted on 05/28/2014 11:24:23 AM PDT by Argus
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Dear Mr Weetawded Author.

Your idiotic, though accurate historically account, disproves anthropomorphic or Hooman meddlen as the chief cause of anything, other than a certain avarice or necessity due to causes beyond their control and obviously ours.

Thnx for playing.


10 posted on 05/28/2014 11:25:06 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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Obviously, the Hittites could have saved themselves by eliminating their reliance on the as-yet-uninvented internal combustion engine while paying indulgences to a doughy former politician who told them scary stories.

This article accidently points out how stupid their entire argument is, not that the typical Times absorber will notice.

11 posted on 05/28/2014 11:26:15 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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If it wasn’t for global warming — Chicago would still be under a mile of ice

If only that cesspool were!

12 posted on 05/28/2014 11:28:45 AM PDT by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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What an idiot. Using naturally occurring droughts and such to debate someone’s skepticism on AWG.


13 posted on 05/28/2014 11:29:39 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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The Gov’ment don't pay, I mean give grants, to non man-made global warming scientist.
14 posted on 05/28/2014 11:29:48 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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No one really knows why the Hittite empire fell. But climate change is a constant in human history. The old Romans would probably be a little surprised to see their former grain fields in Northern Africa. And I don’t think it was the coal they were burning in their power plants.


15 posted on 05/28/2014 11:31:31 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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Too bad for them they didn’t know how to convert fossils to fuel. Could have saved a lot of lives.


16 posted on 05/28/2014 11:32:09 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Argus

No, it was due to their use of Trierms as they were heavily used, before the period of enlightenment and the industrial age, to transport all manner of goods.

The building of these vessels resulted in the deforestation of Scotland.

These dingy’s were a boon economically for many clans but, I think overall we can agree they also had a devastating effect on the climate as well.


17 posted on 05/28/2014 11:32:45 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: mojito

One of the more interesting observations of one born in my era is how far the NYT has fallen in intellect, believability, and most importantly - ability to affect events.

The entire staff would - quite simply - not even be hired as janitors a couple of decades ago.


18 posted on 05/28/2014 11:33:40 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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yeah, the model year 1220 and 1221 Suburbans were a B*TCH on the environment.


19 posted on 05/28/2014 11:33:43 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladly┬ůand message boards are full contact arenas)
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Must have been all their SUV’s


20 posted on 05/28/2014 11:34:17 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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