“Sunspots and the Great Cooling ahead” – American Thinker

Jeffrey Folks writes this article for AmericanThinker.com:

Presumably, even among the ill-informed ideologues at the White House, there are a few who have heard of sunspots.  There may even be one who knows, as most informed persons do, of the correlation between sunspot activity and the earth’s climate.  But apparently no one has bothered to inform the president.

When sunspot activity is high, as it was during the 1990s and early 2000s, temperatures tend to be high as well.  When it is low, as it is now, temperatures fall.  And because sunspot activity occurs in decades-long cycles, the unusually cold winter and spring of 2012 may be just the beginning.  As a Barron’s article recently noted, current sunspot activity is now the least it has been in a century.

What this means is that the era of global cooling has begun.  In the northern hemisphere, three out of the four last winters and springs have been unusually cold.  This spring was so cold in East Asia that China was forced to import millions of tons of grain and soybeans from the U.S. and other suppliers.

The environmental elitists in Manhattan and Laguna Beach may not be greatly inconvenienced by cold winters, but ordinary people have to eat, too, and food exhausts a much greater share of their income.  For the world’s poor, a cold year means the difference between eating and going hungry, or between heating one’s home and shivering all winter.  Or as the philosopher Thomas Hobbes put it (while living through the thick of the Little Ice Age himself), it’s the difference between a life that is warm and comfortable and one that is “nasty, brutish, and short.”  Because climate alarmists are focused on global warming when they should be concerned with cooling, life for the world’s poor is likely to be just that.

That is because shortages inevitably result from global cooling.  As supplies of foodstuffs and energy become constrained due to cold, damp growing seasons and the need for more heating, a global bidding war arises in which the poor lose out.  The environmental elitists will not suffer — they’ll pay more as they roll their overladen buggies out of the local Costco, but what the heck?  They can bask in the illusion that they are saving the earth.

But the poor in Mexico and India and here in American will suffer as their lives are shortened by malnutrition and disease..

Read the full story, click here.   Folks names the burning of corn for bio-fuels as an evil that is created in the name of arresting global warming.  He argues for leaving taxes in the hands of people to invest with as they see fit.  I agree that we are way over-taxed, while corporations and billionaires are no longer required to carry their weight of the tax burden.  I’m not sure that supporting corporate monopolies is the way to go about changing things though.

In the last several days, I’ve had the recurring thought to compare the old monopoly of ‘Ma Bell’, that was finally fettered to today’s  industry monopolies that are in charge of everything, including governments.  Citizen’s United law gives corporations unlimited access to the control, through secret manipulation of our government and other such throughout the world.  The way to ensure a decent life in a globally cooling world will come from grassroots initiatives and cooperation between people in communities who build sustainable food production practices at  local scales.  I’ll be glad to see the theory of man-made global warming finally put to rest.  Folk’s makes a good point that the measures to curb such carbon-based fallacies have hurt mostly, the most vulnerable among us.

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