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Riding A Solar Cycle
Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 12, 2006 | Editorial

Posted on 04/12/2006 7:59:42 AM PDT by Graybeard58

The global-warming scare machine has been running full bore, most recently with Time magazine's cover story, "Be Worried. By Very Worried." What is remarkable about the promulgation of the dogma that global warming is destroying the earth, and human activity is causing it, is the way this perspective ignores a rather large force dictating surface and atmospheric temperatures.

That is to say, the sun.

The sun harbors all but 2 percent of the solar system's combined mass. The volume of the sun is more than 1.3 million times that of the earth. The sun is a fierce, incredibly dense cauldron whose surface temperature is 11,000 degrees F.

Like any other force of nature, the sun goes through cycles. "It is not the constant star it might seem," reported BBC News from the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Philadelphia. "Careful studies over the last 20 years show that its overall brightness and energy output increases slightly as sunspot activity rises to the peak of its 11-year cycle. The sun is currently at its most active level in 300 years.

"That, say scientists in Philadelphia, could be a more significant cause of global warming than the emissions of greenhouse gases that are most often blamed." It may also help to explain why the effects of global warming have been observed on Mars, a planet not known for its coal-burning power plants or sport-utility vehicles.

There are many reasons to begin a methodical transition to power sources that pollute less, beginning with the fact oil, coal and natural gas eventually will run out, and it would be irrational to switch to even dirtier fuels, such as wood. But the hysteria surrounding the anti-global-warming movement ill serves that cause. A dogma that persistently refuses to acknowledge the effect of so large and influential a climate-driver as the sun scarcely warrants its front-and-center place in the national consciousness.


TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: globalwarming

1 posted on 04/12/2006 7:59:43 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
A momentary lapse of reason from the MSM.

I'm stunned.

2 posted on 04/12/2006 8:02:49 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Graybeard58

ping


3 posted on 04/12/2006 8:03:10 AM PDT by Texas Jack
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To: Graybeard58

Bttt


4 posted on 04/12/2006 8:07:20 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth-Estate is a Fifth-Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: The_Victor

It's an editorial from one of the most conservative papers in the country.


5 posted on 04/12/2006 8:13:10 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58
It may also help to explain why the effects of global warming have been observed on Mars, a planet not known for its coal-burning power plants or sport-utility vehicles.

Good line!! Of course, FACTS mean nothing to the lefty global warming kooks.

6 posted on 04/12/2006 8:17:50 AM PDT by technomage (NEVER underestimate the depths to which liberals will stoop for power.)
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To: Graybeard58

I'm proud to say that this is my local newspaper that is delivered each morning.


7 posted on 04/12/2006 8:18:49 AM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: Graybeard58

If the threat of global warming doesn't spook ya, the pace in the rising cost for fossil fuels will.


8 posted on 04/12/2006 8:19:13 AM PDT by Realism (Some believe that the facts-of-life are open to debate.....)
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To: Graybeard58

The sun/solar activity like we've got today...last time there was this type of activity was 300 yrs ago. This activity will last until 2008.


9 posted on 04/12/2006 8:21:09 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: Graybeard58
When scientists are able to predict the weather next week, I might listen to their arguments for global warming.
10 posted on 04/12/2006 8:22:32 AM PDT by Between the Lines (Be careful how you live your life, it may be the only gospel anyone reads.)
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To: Graybeard58
Rubbing their noses in it BTTT

Cheers,

knewshound

Brew Your Own
11 posted on 04/12/2006 8:23:25 AM PDT by knews_hound (When Blogs are Outlawed, only Outlaws will have Blogs.)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
I'm proud to say that this is my local newspaper that is delivered each morning.

I would subscribe but I live in Illinois.

12 posted on 04/12/2006 8:23:57 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: The_Victor
If you consider a conservative magazine "MSM".

Don't worry, you won't find any of this printed in MSM's main rags, just as you won't find " Waterbury Republican-American" laying about in the waiting rooms of doctors offices.

13 posted on 04/12/2006 8:23:57 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Graybeard58

It's also been said due to how clean our atmosphere today is...is also a big part of the suns heat getting through which is one of the problems with our weather i.e. tornadoes, flooding rain.


14 posted on 04/12/2006 8:25:18 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: Nathan Zachary

My docs waiting room has a tv that's on Fox News. It's mounted on the wall where the libs can't reach it.


15 posted on 04/12/2006 8:26:59 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: shield

It seems that back in the days when every home had a woostove, and there was a constant haze hanging in the air, mankind caused "global cooling" The earth is actually warming to what it's supposed to be.


16 posted on 04/12/2006 8:28:23 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Nathan Zachary; Graybeard58
If you consider a conservative magazine "MSM".

My wife is from Waterbury, so I'm familiar with the regional politics. I assumed the publication (incorrectly I guess) was representative of the area. My mistake.

17 posted on 04/12/2006 8:29:01 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Nathan Zachary

Not really. A recent article states the earth's temperature has NOT increased since 1998 in fact it's now cooling.


18 posted on 04/12/2006 8:30:07 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: Graybeard58

When I go for a doc visit, I always have to change the channel. I get dirty looks, but none are brave enough to tell me to turn it back to opra.


19 posted on 04/12/2006 8:31:06 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Graybeard58
In 30 years many of us will be sitting around, looking at all of today's stupid Time magazine articles on the Internet wayback machine, laughing our rear ends off and wondering how anyone ever really believed all that garbage, the same exact way we do now with all the Global Cooling scare article from 30 years ago.

The great thing about it though is that each new generation is a new opportunity to recycle the crap all over again.

20 posted on 04/12/2006 8:35:16 AM PDT by jpl
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To: Graybeard58

bookmkPing , and thanks Graybeard58

... its a nice ride , north from Waterbury on Rt8

[BTW , when that little guy in the Santa outfit , gets old enough to go on dates , show that pic to his GF , she'll use it well!]


21 posted on 04/12/2006 8:37:02 AM PDT by Dad yer funny
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To: shield

And here I thought that it was just old age making me feel colder these past few years, LoL!


22 posted on 04/12/2006 8:39:13 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Dad yer funny
gets old enough to go on dates , show that pic to his GF

If I'm still around, I will.

I was recently brought down to earth by my 4 year old grand daughter (who calls me "Pops". She was sitting on my lap and I was telling her that when she grew up and had children, her brother would be an uncle and that when he had children that she would be an aunt but I would still be old "Pops".

She looked up at me with those pretty blue eyes and said, "Pops, when you get really old, you'll be dead."

Out of the mouths of babes.

23 posted on 04/12/2006 8:45:55 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Nathan Zachary

I am not worried about global warming. What I am worried about however is global cooling.

I mean if we reverse everything that the leftists are accusing big business of doing, we would soon face a cooling of the earth. This would make planting crops impossible due to cold temperatures, which would render the illegal immigrants useless, since there would be no lettuce to pick. Which means they would go back to Mexico.

Think I am going to start riding my bike to work every day.


24 posted on 04/12/2006 8:46:57 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (To Serve Man......It's a cookbook!)
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To: Graybeard58
...the effects of global warming have been observed on Mars, a planet not known for its coal-burning power plants or sport-utility vehicles.

LOL!

There's been a couple of good editorials out of the Waterbury paper lately.

25 posted on 04/12/2006 8:52:58 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Graybeard58

One quibble - the Sun isn't really "dense" - it has an average density of about 1.4 grams per cubic centimeter, not much more dense than water. By contrast, lead has a density of 11.3 grams per cubic centimeter.


26 posted on 04/12/2006 8:56:54 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Graybeard58
I would subscribe but I live in Illinois.

I read portions of dozens of newspapers from all over the country online every week.

Here's my paper.

http://www.rep-am.com/story.php?id=5414

27 posted on 04/12/2006 9:11:05 AM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: The_Victor
A momentary lapse of reason from the MSM.

I don't think I'd call a Northern Virginia Suburban paper, especially it's editorial page, part of the MSM.

28 posted on 04/12/2006 9:42:00 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: El Gato
I don't think I'd call a Northern Virginia Suburban paper, especially it's editorial page, part of the MSM.

I've been taken to the woodshed over using MSM in reference to the W-RA. But it isn't a suburban VA paper, it's Waterbury Connecticut.

29 posted on 04/12/2006 10:04:57 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
I mean if we reverse everything that the leftists are accusing big business of doing, we would soon face a cooling of the earth. This would make planting crops impossible due to cold temperatures, which would render the illegal immigrants useless, since there would be no lettuce to pick. Which means they would go back to Mexico.

But then we'd have to invade them and be the illegal aliens, since we couldn't grow enough food here. Although perhaps the deserts of the southwest and south Texas would start getting enough rain to make them viable..although the soil is the pits in most places, especially compared to the great plains.

30 posted on 04/12/2006 10:16:53 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: The_Victor
I've been taken to the woodshed over using MSM in reference to the W-RA. But it isn't a suburban VA paper, it's Waterbury Connecticut.

Well I thought that at first, but got confused by the ad at the top of the page which says "Northern Virginia's Best Suburban News". Didn't notice that it's an ad for a different paper. My bad.

31 posted on 04/12/2006 10:19:45 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

I read a lot of papers too, here's a list of the top 50 or so papers in the U.S. with clickable links to all of them:

http://newslink.org/topstate.html


32 posted on 04/12/2006 10:28:03 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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