Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming
Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on.
Meteorologist Anthony Watts compiled the results of all the sources. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year time. For all sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.
Scientists quoted in a past DailyTech article link the cooling to reduced solar activity which they claim is a much larger driver of climate change than man-made greenhouse gases. The dramatic cooling seen in just 12 months time seems to bear that out. While the data doesn't itself disprove that carbon dioxide is acting to warm the planet, it does demonstrate clearly that more powerful factors are now cooling it.
The question comes down to whether or not all that supposed "scientific consensus" on the inevitability of global warming is anything but hype designed to empower leftist politicians who hold the quasi-religious belief that human activity must be controlled for 'the good of the planet'. Some of the more deranged have even suggested that politicians who ignore global warming science should be thrown in jail. Interestingly, that's the same useful technique the Soviet Union used to achieve scientific "consensus" on a number of issues.
I wonder what the envirofascists think should be done if people ignore global cooling ? I'm sure they will have a brand new justification for asserting control over others. When facts get in the way of emotion, who needs those stinkin' facts? I'm sure Al Gore and his many fans answer to a higher, truthier reality--the one where they are in charge and we bow and scrape to their will.