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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunspots effect global climate

Climate stability has never been a feature of planet Earth. The only constant about climate is change; it changes continually and, at times, quite rapidly. Many times in the past, temperatures were far higher than today, and occasionally, temperatures were colder.
Well once again we have another article showing how the output of the Sun is the primary controller of climate on the Earth. What a surprise. Politicians and environmental alarmists continually push to limit or halt climate change within some perceived acceptable level.
At the recent G8 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel even attempted to convince world leaders to play God by restricting carbon-dioxide emissions to a level that would magically limit the rise in world temperatures to 2C.
The question I have is why do we think we need to limit global warming in the first place. The real problem we should be addressing is how can we adapt to the climate around us.
Climate-change research is now literally exploding with new findings. Since the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the field has had more research than in all previous years combined and the discoveries are completely shattering the myths. For example, I and the first-class scientists I work with are consistently finding excellent correlations between the regular fluctuations in the brightness of the sun and earthly climate. This is not surprising. The sun and the stars are the ultimate source of all energy on the planet.
It is important to understand our climate and I fully support research to better understand and model climate in an efforts to better predict both long term and short term trends in the weather. Public policy, however, is a totally different situation. Liberal governments and politicians are advocating policy changes that are certain to reduce living standards, damage economies and repress the poor and middle classes around the globe.

Global climates are complex systems that are not yet understood. To claim that human activity is the sole cause for global warming is the height of arrogance. Especially with a gas that is naturally expelled by all mammals as a result of normal respiration. The data certainly shows a better correlation of global mean temperature with sunspot activity than with CO2 concentration.

UPDATE: Here is a commentary from the Calgary Sun that does a much finer job than I of bringing these issues to light.

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