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Climate Alarmism Takes Off in a New Direction
American Thinker ^ | June 09, 2010 | F. Swemson

Posted on 06/08/2010 11:26:22 PM PDT by neverdem

NASA has just voiced its concern over the threat that our modern technological society is now facing from "solar storms."

Now it's true of course, that our society has become quite dependent on new technology, such as satellite communications and GPS mapping, that is vulnerable to the effects of major solar storms, but NASA seems to be a bit too worried about how big the threat really is. Fortunately for us, legitimate climate scientists believe the next solar "maximum," which is due in four to five years, is not expected to be anything unusual. In any event, while major solar storms could screw things up pretty well for a while, they're not potentially fatal to mankind, as the AGW alarmists claim that global warming is.

According to my friend Dr. Ed Berry of climatephysics.com, there's a good reason why NASA is making a big deal out of it. It's called "Grantsmanship." If they can convince Congress that this is a serious threat, which they're obviously best-positioned to research and plan for, then there's a chance that they can get Congress to increase their funding. There's a good deal of exaggeration here, of course, as the "super maximum solar flare" that they're talking about, while possible, is no more likely to occur within the next few years than a hundred-year flood.

But it is possible, of course. So it doesn't seem at all unreasonable for them to want more funding so that they can enhance their forecasting capabilities, which have already come a long way, thanks to our existing satellites.

There's another aspect to this story, however, that might be more interesting for us to consider right now, as it may help us to understand how the global warming hoax arose. While NASA is talking about the issue, they're doing so in a relatively calm and reasonable manner. We can see this from the title of their latest release on the subject: 

NASA: "As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather"

Within 48 hours, however, as the media began to report on the story, it quickly began to morph into another pending apocalypse:

Washington Post: "Do Solar Storms Threaten Life as We Know It?"

Gawker.com: "The Newest Threat to All Human Life on Earth: Solar Storms"

It seems that Fox News isn't quite as over-the-top.

Fox News: "Solar Storms Could Be Threat in 2013"

Why does the media do this?

The simple (historical) answer, of course, is that catastrophes sell newspapers. William Randolph Hearst may have given formal birth to "yellow journalism," but he wasn't its only practitioner. I wrote about this back in January in my article "159 Years of Climate Alarmism at The New York Times."

In the last part of the 19th century, newspapers like The Times were warning us of an imminent new ice age. By 1940, they were worried about excessive warming; however, after the next 35 years of cooling, they were quick to transition to hysteria over another approaching ice age. By the late 1970s, after the earth began warming again, people like Maurice Strong, along with some other blossoming environmental extremists, politicians, and U.N. officials, began to see the huge potential for power and wealth that was built into the issue. This, along with the added fantasy of AGW, brought us to the brink of Cap & Trade and the fraudulent EPA classification of CO2 as a pollutant.

Of course, the warming stopped in 2002, and we've been cooling steadily since then. Now, as the AGW house of cards begins to crumble, we're already hearing rumblings about another ice age. It could happen, and if it does, we should be worried this time, because while warming was never any kind of threat at all, extreme cooling is. People starve when crops don't grow very well.

The obvious question is: "If they've been wrong each and every time in the past, why on earth would anyone still be listening to them today?"

H.L. Mencken answered it best when he said, "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

The public has a short memory, to be sure, but rather than blaming the politicians alone for the current AGW hoax, we should be aware of the media's complicity in this sordid affair. They're still not reporting the news honestly. Like Hearst, they're still making it up as they go. Just to sell "newspapers."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alarmism; climategate; fauxscience; globalwarming; globalwhining; media; news; solarstorms

1 posted on 06/08/2010 11:26:23 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

And if the sun does happen to develop one of these super sunspots pointed our way, just what are we going to DO about it?


2 posted on 06/08/2010 11:28:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: neverdem

Funny stuff.
It’s all about the money with these liberal, big government scumbags.
It’s always about the money.


3 posted on 06/08/2010 11:30:46 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: neverdem
These people are under continual disquietudes, never enjoying a minutes peace of mind; and their disturbances proceed from causes which very little affect the rest of mortals. Their apprehensions arise from several changes they dread in the celestial bodies: for instance, that the earth, by the continual approaches of the sun towards it, must, in course of time, be absorbed, or swallowed up; that the face of the sun, will, by degrees, be encrusted with its own effluvia, and give no more light to the world; that the earth very narrowly escaped a brush from the tail of the last comet, which would have infallibly reduced it to ashes; and that the next, which they have calculated for one-and-thirty years hence, will probably destroy us.

Gulliver re the Laputians

4 posted on 06/08/2010 11:35:37 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: HiTech RedNeck
And if the sun does happen to develop one of these super sunspots pointed our way, just what are we going to DO about it?

Simple, raise taxes.

5 posted on 06/08/2010 11:43:53 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Lancey Howard

I’m under the impression whenever money is “called” out of the pockets of the people the most effective way is create alarm and fear of the unknown...

“Islands will sink or be overrun”....”Land will turn to dustbowls”... and of course it must come from a source we have no control of.

It’s all about “IF” we don’t have monies to prepare for this then “that” might happen. Just keep the cash flow going.


6 posted on 06/08/2010 11:57:27 PM PDT by caww
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To: HiTech RedNeck
And if the sun does happen to develop one of these super sunspots pointed our way, just what are we going to DO about it?

The most important thing will be to feel guilty about it, because we will all share the blame for the sunspot.

As for what we should to, it is clear that we need to raise awareness of the issue. The best way to do that is to wear colored ribbons.

7 posted on 06/09/2010 12:02:14 AM PDT by TChad
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To: neverdem

Actually a little fear in this area may pay off in a hardened electrical/communication system that is more resistant to an EMP attack. The Compton Effect will have the same results from either a flare or nuke. This would be valuable if the dollars are spent in effective defense program versus wasted in academia.


8 posted on 06/09/2010 12:09:05 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: neverdem

Maybe if al gore gets fatter he can shield us from it and save us all.


9 posted on 06/09/2010 12:13:03 AM PDT by Trillian
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To: HiTech RedNeck

And if the sun does happen to develop one of these super sunspots pointed our way, just what are we going to DO about it?

Obvoiusly Bush/Cheny/Rove need to be sequestered on the side of the planet not facing the sun as to not piss it off further.


10 posted on 06/09/2010 12:30:03 AM PDT by i get it
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To: neverdem

How perverse, that NASA has joined the dirt cult Luddites.


11 posted on 06/09/2010 12:44:27 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; PA Engineer; Robert A. Cook, PE
And if the sun does happen to develop one of these super sunspots pointed our way, just what are we going to DO about it?

Will shutting down the grid and turning off appliances avoid some trouble, if we have forewarning? I'm asking. Or are we doomed to current or voltage overload and fried circuits anyway?

12 posted on 06/09/2010 1:21:08 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: caww
Precisely. It's always about the money.

I remember a couple of years ago, when the "global warming" scam was peaking, Rush mentioned on his radio show that DC law firms were adding literally scores of "climate litigators" in anticipation of legislation that would hand them the next tobacco settlement-size jackpot. The politician rat bastards never pulled it off, however, and the email leak that exposed the scam and killed Copenhagen has saved American taxpayers literally billion$, if not trillion$, over the long haul.

We must stay vigilant, of course, because that sick communist p.o.s. Ubama is still squeaking about "climate legislation". His and the rats' agenda of socialism and reparations depends on that money, so it won't die completely without a fight.

FRegards,
LH

13 posted on 06/09/2010 1:22:45 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: neverdem

I suppose unplugging your stuff from the grid might help. Of course the grid might be down for a long time so you won’t get the next day’s brew of coffee going anyway.

I suppose they might be able to save parts of the grid by shutting things down and disconnecting things on a regional scale so as not to have it all inter-connected.

I’m not sure I want to be the one to pull the plug on Los Angeles or New York because I think our grid might get knocked out by a solar flare that maybe is headed our way and perhaps could do some damage. I think!


14 posted on 06/09/2010 1:27:52 AM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: neverdem; Thunder90; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; Entrepreneur; Darnright; Nipfan; Defendingliberty; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

15 posted on 06/09/2010 3:24:47 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (America should take a mulligan on the 2008 presidential election.)
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To: neverdem

Before dismissing the possible effects of a major solar flare, do a search of the 1859 Carrington Event.


16 posted on 06/09/2010 3:26:25 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: dr_lew

Perfect description of the modern day liberal.

Democrat - party of Laputians


17 posted on 06/09/2010 5:03:22 AM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: neverdem
Hurray - sun spots are coming back! the solar maximum cycle is overdue, but looks like it's on its way - hurray...the next 10-11 years with warmer weather - I can take...especially at my age. ;o)

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/05/solarcycle/

That is not to say that, if the flares get too disruptive there isn't going to be problems - maybe big ones - across the globe as we are all so vulnerable now on all things electrical.

Past solar flares and their disturbances give us a hint of what could happen. (Glad I have my wood stove, my well and my kerosene lamps ;o)..)

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/06may_carringtonflare/

18 posted on 06/09/2010 5:14:12 AM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: PA Engineer
Actually a little fear in this area may pay off in a hardened electrical/communication system that is more resistant to an EMP attack. The Compton Effect will have the same results from either a flare or nuke. This would be valuable if the dollars are spent in effective defense program versus wasted in academia.

Exactly.

trim the wicks and fill the lamps.

19 posted on 06/09/2010 5:15:33 AM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: neverdem
'Solar Storms'? Harrumph, mere child's play.

If you want to REALLY worry about something. worry about Super Gamma Ray Bursts. If a Red Giant star goes Super Nova in some far off place in the Universe, and its axis is aimed at us, we're all cooked. Literally.

In fact it *may* have already happened and those Gamma Rays have been coming right at us at 186,000 miles per second. And they could be here next week. Or next month. Or in two years.

So for all the Chicken Littles, grab your pillow and bury your head.
We're all GONNNA DIE!

Gamma Rays. The Original Global Warming.

20 posted on 06/09/2010 5:16:41 AM PDT by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: neverdem

Actually, this one is real.

There was a nasty little solar incident in the late 19th century; people could see the Aurora well south of the usual latitudes and telegraphs were chattering from currents induced in the wires.

Imagine what that would do to the computers that run everything from power to phones to inventories?


21 posted on 06/09/2010 5:20:29 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Little Ray
Actually, this one is real. There was a nasty little solar incident in the late 19th century; people could see the Aurora well south of the usual latitudes and telegraphs were chattering from currents induced in the wires. Imagine what that would do to the computers that run everything from power to phones to inventories?

Exactly.

Too many people, with little knowledge, historically, on a given subject or situation, and with a penchant for depending on their own judgment of it - rather than doing a bit of research - dismiss things they don't understand out of hand.

No excuse for such ignorance/arrogance in this age of information at our fingertips.

22 posted on 06/09/2010 5:29:19 AM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: neverdem

Beans, bullets and band-aids...


23 posted on 06/09/2010 5:35:54 AM PDT by moovova (More coffee please...make it a double.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
" And if the sun does happen to develop one of these super sunspots pointed our way, just what are we going to DO about it? "

If the liberals and envirowackos had their way, we would spend billions on Green Sun technology.
24 posted on 06/09/2010 5:43:58 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: neverdem
Will shutting down the grid and turning off appliances avoid some trouble, if we have forewarning? I'm asking. Or are we doomed to current or voltage overload and fried circuits anyway?

That may offer some benefits, but there would still be many problems. There is some good information at The One Second After website.

Induced currents would cause damage on everything from electric distribution, pipelines, satellites, phone lines, rail systems and even home wiring if not properly protected or isolated. My greatest concern are substation transformers. Distribution transformers will also be affected, but the damaged can be reduced if they are isolated. I don't know how people will react when there power goes out after the power crews have pulled transformer fuses and static wires.

With enough warning even home wiring systems may be hardened simply by pulling the breakers, neutrals and grounds. All critical electronics can also be stored in Faraday cages. These would all help. Parked automobiles in garages would also benefit with shielding at roof level, since bursts generally will be elevated line of sight.

There is a great deal of info on the web about EMP. Much of the information is somewhat overblown or misleading. EMP has three phases. The final longer duration heave signal phase is the one that will do most of the damage to distribution systems.
25 posted on 06/09/2010 5:44:26 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: neverdem
the threat that our modern technological society is now facing from "solar storms."

Put a Faraday Cage around the Earth!!!!!

Do it now Barry-Wan, You're our only Hope!!!!!

26 posted on 06/09/2010 6:21:02 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: HiTech RedNeck
And if the sun does happen to develop one of these super sunspots pointed our way, just what are we going to DO about it?

Read a book. ;^)

27 posted on 06/09/2010 6:23:03 AM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: Lancey Howard
Well the EPA is very much a part of this and the enviroweenies have their cheerleaders(activists) to keep the masses engaged....Franky it's ‘Nature Worship’...and many are New Agers, Wiccans, and the like. We saw them in full display at Copenhagen....what a bunch of air headed imbecile's....they would have done far better had everyone of them planted a tree.....but that will never happen...anymore than you don't see their masses in the Gulf helping clean up.....they'd rather dress in costumes I wouldn't dare dress a kid in at Halloween, and parade thru the streets.

The ‘Global Warming’ scam went to ‘Climate Change’ and will not die easily....they will just give it another name......there is far far too much money to loose by killing that beast....it's International scope is simply ‘redistribution of wealth’.......but they will never call it as it is...it is really control and power over monetary networks.

28 posted on 06/09/2010 9:30:22 AM PDT by caww
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To: dr_lew

“The whole aim of practical politics is to menace the citizenry with an endless series of hobgoblins all of them imaginary.” H.L. Mencken.


29 posted on 06/09/2010 10:01:13 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Condor51; Tax-chick; sionnsar; cogitator; steelyourfaith; neverdem
If you want to REALLY worry about something. worry about Super Gamma Ray Bursts. If a Red Giant star goes Super Nova in some far off place in the Universe, and its axis is aimed at us, we're all cooked. Literally.

In fact it *may* have already happened and those Gamma Rays have been coming right at us at 186,000 miles per second. And they could be here next week. Or next month. Or in two years.

So for all the Chicken Littles, grab your pillow and bury your head.
We're all GONNNA DIE!

So, if we can't figure out if a nearby red giant is going to go supernova, we should rename it Betelguess ? And when they gets here, the rays are obviously Betelguests.

But, if they don't go in our direction, we can name the remnants a Betelmiss?

30 posted on 06/09/2010 12:44:02 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Send the president up there to PLUG those flares!


31 posted on 06/09/2010 12:57:59 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is the ultimate CHILD ABUSE!)
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To: steelyourfaith

I have read about 12 books about Glowbull warming! The whole hoax is quite unbelievable! I found a lot of books at amazon and at the local bookstores.


32 posted on 06/09/2010 12:59:06 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is the ultimate CHILD ABUSE!)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Thanks for both, neverdem.
33 posted on 06/09/2010 6:17:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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