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Bright sun, warm Earth. Coincidence?
National Post ^ | Lorne Gunter

Posted on 03/12/2007 2:54:40 AM PDT by Clive

Mars's ice caps are melting, and Jupiter is developing a second giant red spot, an enormous hurricane-like storm.

The existing Great Red Spot is 300 years old and twice the size of Earth. The new storm -- Red Spot Jr. -- is thought to be the result of a sudden warming on our solar system's largest planet. Dr. Imke de Pater of Berkeley University says some parts of Jupiter are now as much as six degrees Celsius warmer than just a few years ago.

Neptune's moon, Triton, studied in 1989 after the unmanned Voyageur probe flew past, seems to have heated up significantly since then. Parts of its frozen nitrogen surface have begun melting and turning to gas, making Triton's atmosphere denser.

Even Pluto has warmed slightly in recent years, if you can call -230C instead of -233C "warmer."

And I swear, I haven't left my SUV idling on any of those planets or moons. Honest, I haven't.

Is there something all these heavenly bodies have in common? Some one thing they all share that could be causing them to warm in unison?

Hmmm, is there some giant, self-luminous ball of burning gas with a mass more than 300,000 times that of Earth and a core temperature of more than 20-million degrees Celsius, that for the past century or more has been unusually active and powerful? Is there something like that around which they all revolve that could be causing this multi-globe warming? Naw!

They must all have congested commuter highways, coal-fired power plants and oilsands developments that are releasing large amounts of carbon dioxide into their atmospheres, too.

A decade ago, when global warming and Kyoto was just beginning to capture public attention, I published a quiz elsewhere that bears repeating in our current hyper-charged environmental debate: Quick, which is usually warmer, day or night?

And what is typically the warmest part of the day? The warmest time of year?

Finally, which are generally warmer: cloudy or cloudless days?

If you answered day, afternoon, summer and cloudless you may be well on your way to understanding what is causing global warming.

For the past century and a half, Earth has been warming. Coincidentally (or perhaps not so coincidentally), during that same period, our sun has been brightening, becoming more active, sending out more radiation.

Habibullah Abdussamatov of the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in St. Petersburg, Sami Solanki of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany, Sallie Baliunas and Willie Soon of the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a host of the rest of the world's leading solar scientists are all convinced that the warming of recent years is not unusual and that nearly all the warming in the past 150 years can be attributed to the sun.

Solar scientists from Iowa to Siberia have overlaid the last several warm periods on our planet with known variations in our sun's activity and found, according to Mr. Solanki, "a near-perfect match."

Mr. Abdussamatov concedes manmade gasses may have made "a small contribution to the warming in recent years, but it cannot compete with the increase in solar irradiance."

Mr. Soon showed as long ago as the mid-1990s that the depth of the Little Ice Age -- the coldest period in the northern hemisphere in the past 1,500 years -- corresponded perfectly with a solar event known as the Maunder Minimum. For nearly seven decades there was virtually no sunspot activity.

Our sun was particular quiet. And for those 60 to 70 years, the northern half of our globe, at least, was in a deep freeze.

Is it so hard to believe then that the sun could be causing our current warming, too?

At the very least, the fact that so many prominent scientists have legitimate, logical objections to the current global warming orthodoxy means there is no "consensus" among scientists about the cause.

Here's a prediction: The sun's current active phase is expected to wane in 20 to 40 years, at which time the planet will begin cooling. Since that is when most of the greenhouse emission reductions proposed by the UN and others are slated to come into full effect, the "greens" will see that cooling and claim, "See, we warned you and made you take action, and look, we saved the planet."

Of course, they will have had nothing to do with it.

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To: Clive
This article is just more "non-believer" rhetoric.

Manbearpig is thuper therial.
21 posted on 03/12/2007 5:41:09 AM PDT by adm5
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To: montag813

Very well-documented solar links are in the movie

22 posted on 03/12/2007 5:45:44 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: midway


23 posted on 03/12/2007 5:46:05 AM PDT by Ditto
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To: Clive
Great synopsis.
24 posted on 03/12/2007 5:48:37 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser: Debtor's fascism for Kaleefornia, one charade at a time.)
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To: midway
That is an excellent video! I downloaded it, put it on a DVD and watched it last nite.

I'm passing this 'un around.

25 posted on 03/12/2007 5:49:38 AM PDT by Chasaway (Anything not worth doing is not worth doing well.)
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To: Clive

I wonder if any of this will be questioned by Algore and his crew? This is the type of proof to counter the BS that he is shouting and profiting from and he should be ashamed of his behavior.

26 posted on 03/12/2007 5:52:45 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Terrorists are using dim talking points over and over.)
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To: midway
The Great Global Warming Swindle 1hour 15 minutes - pass it on

Thanks for the link..


27 posted on 03/12/2007 6:05:10 AM PDT by Drammach ("If you make yourselves sheep, the wolves will eat you." -- Benjamin Franklin)
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To: fanfan; All
To give some idea of scale?

-- here's another for perspective:

A picture's worth a thousand words...

An early- and still favorite- post of mine:

The Sun has a Thousand Faces--- Thread

More perspective:

28 posted on 03/12/2007 6:11:57 AM PDT by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: Clive
Part of the problem is that if stars really are thermonuclear engines as we've been taught all our lives, there would be no reason to think they would heat up and cool off periodically.

There is however a growing body of evidence that stars are basically electrical and plasma-physics phenomena and not thermonuclear engines.

If as some of these proponents claim stars actually act like lightning rods or focal points of cosmic plasma discharge, then you would EXPECT them to heat up and cool off periodically as they move through regions of space with lesser or greater electrical potential difference from themselves.

That would be game, set, and match against the man-made warming freaks.

29 posted on 03/12/2007 6:34:06 AM PDT by rickdylan
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To: Clive

Bump for later!!!!!!

30 posted on 03/12/2007 6:43:16 AM PDT by ghostrider
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To: Clive

The Sun clearly has cycles. It is not the never-changing monolith that some think and the global warming crowd trumpets.

The Sun clearly has an 11 year cycle. That 11 year cycle is really composed of 2 related 11 year cycles making another 22 year cycle. Those cycles vary considerably in size and length.

The Sun clearly has at least one longer cycle. The Maunder Minimum of 400 years ago shows the Sun might have fairly large variations over longer time scales.

The 100,000 year ice age cycle is likely affected by solar variation as much as changes in the earth's orbit.

The climate change community puts the variance at 0.1%. Why they discount it so much is obvious.

31 posted on 03/12/2007 6:56:27 AM PDT by JustDoItAlways
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To: Clive

Bumped and Bookmarked

32 posted on 03/12/2007 7:04:50 AM PDT by Darnright
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To: Clive

33 posted on 03/12/2007 7:58:15 AM PDT by SquirrelKing ("When a coin in the carbon pot rings, out of global warming hell a soul does spring." - Timothy Ball)
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To: Clive; All

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34 posted on 03/12/2007 8:42:35 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (To have no voice in the Party that always sides with America's enemies is a badge of honor.)
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To: palmer
The correlation of our climate with other planets is weak and probably has little to do with the sun.

My nomination for stupidest thing I've heard on this subject.

What, pray tell, IS the correlation? Or is it just some grand coincidence that they are ALL warming at the same time?

35 posted on 03/12/2007 8:56:42 AM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. - George Orwell)
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To: backhoe

Great post Backhoe.

36 posted on 03/12/2007 9:31:45 AM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: BlueMondaySkipper

Our planet is warming a bit and other planets and moons are warming and maybe cooling a bit for various reasons. The only reason we would have in common would be changes in solar irradiance, but that change (increase) is small, something like 0.1% per century (IIRC). The other solar effects that might warm our planet like the cosmic rays that get by the sun's magnetic field are applicable to our planet, not the others. So the correlation to other planetary warming is weak, if any.

37 posted on 03/12/2007 2:26:49 PM PDT by palmer (Money problems do not come from a lack of money, but from living an excessive, unrealistic lifestyle)
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To: Clive

Well, who are these scientists to dispute the wisdom of the Almighty Knower of All Things About the Climate Worth Knowing Al Gore himself? I mean who do these eggheads think they are? The Great Genius Gore has pronounced man-made global warming a fact. The impudent upstarts. (hrummp)

38 posted on 03/12/2007 2:49:25 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: midway; MadIvan
Great video and kudos to the Brits for showing it. I have passed it far & wide and hope that some US Network has the guts to pick it up.

BTW... From the ending of the film, I have developed my new tag line.

39 posted on 03/12/2007 8:46:45 PM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: Clive


40 posted on 03/12/2007 8:48:29 PM PDT by magellan
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