Today, I’m re-posting a blog I wrote three years ago, about the complete lack of reality with which the left approached climate change. Since then, the left’s hysteria has increased, possibly because nothing that they predicted has come true, and they’ve decided to double down. It’s a typical left wing solution. Spending isn’t working? Spend double.
In the blog, I gave numerous historical examples of radical climate change, and the fact that our ancestors adapted to it. I could give many more examples than I did. Here’s the blog.
Yes, the climate is changing, and, except for the last 20 years or so, it’s been getting warmer. But in fact, for millions of years, Earth’s climate has been in a continuous cycle of Inter-glacials, and Ice Ages. The most recent Ice Age reached its maximum extent about 18,000 years ago. Since then we have been in the inter-glacial part of this cycle.
We’re now probably living very close to the sweet spot of climactic cycles. Most of the ice from the last Ice Age has melted; sea levels are rising at a normal rate; once dangerously low CO2 (plant oxygen) levels are returning to where plant growth around the world is increasing significantly; the average human being is eating better than ever before in history; and energy from fossil fuels has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, and will continue to do so in spite of the manufactured hysteria about GLOBAL WARMING. And statistically, the frequency and severity of droughts and floods and tornadoes and hurricanes are a bit below average for this climate cycle.
So let’s condense the 18,000 years into 1 day. 750 years equals 1 hour, and 12.5 years equals one minute. For example, the Little Ice Age which lasted from about 1300 until 1850 AD, began about 1 hour ago, and ended 12 minutes ago.
18,000 years ago, North America as far south as Kentucky, and much of northern Europe and Asia were under a sheet of ice. You could have walked on the ice in a straight line from Boston to northern France. Here in Calgary, Canada, the ice was over a mile, or 1.6 kilometres thick! So much water was contained in the ice sitting on land, that sea levels were more than 100 meters (300 feet) below the present. The Grand Banks of Newfoundland were dry land, but covered in ice!
Between midnight and 1 AM this morning, temperatures began to rise, and by 2 AM, serious melting had begun.
Civilization progressed slowly, and it wasn’t until 5:30 this afternoon that the construction of Stonehenge began. Off the southeast coast of England, our ancestors farmed “Doggerland”, an area that is now, at midnight, about 40 metres, or 130 feet below sea level. But when they were farming the area 8000 years ago, Doggerlanders could have walked from present day London to Amsterdam, on dry land.
As sea levels rose, our Doggerland ancestors moved to higher ground. So did the aboriginals living east of what is now Cairns Australia. That flat plain is now home to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!
Moving to higher ground was common sense to our ancestors, and while you can’t move Manhattan or Palm Beach, the point is that the climate has always changed, sea levels rise and fall, and that won’t change. Hopefully we’ll change our attitudes, and become humble and sensible enough to adapt.
At 10:30 PM (1000 years ago) Vikings were farming in Greenland. Then around 10:50 PM a sudden and severe cooling trend, now known as the Little Ice Age, forced them to abandon their farms. You can bet that Leif Erickson believed in climate change! Archaeologists are now using jackhammers to dig those abandoned Viking farm artifacts out of permafrost. Take a moment to connect the dots.
The Little Ice Age lasted about 50 minutes, from 10:50 this evening until about 11:40; or just 20 minutes ago. During its coldest extremes, crops failed and thousands starved. In London, the Thames river froze.Entire villages in the French and Swiss Alps were overrun by glaciers. Conferences were held into the 1930s, to discuss ways to mitigate the damage from advancing glaciers.
During the Little Ice Age, the Columbia Ice Fields reformed. and reached their greatest modern extent in 1850, or about 12 minutes ago. Europeans first saw them about 10 minutes ago, but then, 8 minutes ago, temperatures began to warm; the Little Ice Age began to end, and the Columbia Ice Fields again began to recede.
In the past 12 minutes, (150 years) the average global temperature has risen just over .75 of a degree Celsius. If we’re cooking, we’re cooking very slowly.
But, at about 11:57 PM, (1980), or just 3 minutes ago in our Ice Age Day, and at the end of a 30 year cool cycle which was severe enough to prompt scientists to begin warning of a New Ice Age, warming resumed. And fortuitously for the alarmists, that’s when satellites began to measure Arctic Sea Ice extent, (1979).
Now it should be obvious that as temperatures resumed their climb, Arctic sea ice extent would diminish. Yet most articles regarding Arctic sea ice extent include the deliberately misleading phrase: “ – lowest extent since satellite records began.” Does anyone actually believe that records with a starting point 3 minutes, (35 years) ago have anything meaningful to say about climate change?
None of the information I have cited have comes from computer models. It’s all hard data from the historical record, and we used to study much of it in school. You don’t have to be a climate scientist to figure out that global warming and climate change, and even radical climate disruption is nothing new. And contrary to the “97%” lie, there are thousands of scientists around the world that affirm exactly that.
There is archaeological evidence off coastlines around the world, that for thousands of years our unsophisticated ancestors adapted to rising sea levels by moving to higher ground. But left-wing fundamentalists now insist that the climate can be controlled. More likely, they see climate alarmism as a way that you can be controlled.
So how do we get common sense back into the conversation and counteract the ignorance, and governmental overreach? I believe that the only way to do that effectively, and on the required scale, is to produce fact based, audience targeted, information pieces, especially videos.
We then must use the power of social media and the Internet to deliver them to our friends, colleagues, employees, and especially, our children, and grandchildren; on their laptops, smart phones and tablets. Talk to your offspring. I talk to mine, and there isn’t a climate alarmist in the bunch.
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