EDITORIAL: Global Warming Like Comparing Summers to Winters to Show Trend

Global Warming is a term that evokes many people to wring their hands and fret about an impending climate disaster.
One of the biggest problems with this myth — and one that raises credibility issues — is that fears of climate change have alternated between hot and cold four times during the last 111 years.
Since 1895, people in this country have been warned to expect global cooling or warming in separate — yet overlapping periods.
From 1895 until the 1930s, there were all sorts of news articles pushing the next ice age.
From the late 1920s until the 1960s people were under the impression that the earth was growing warmer at a frightening pace.
Yet from the 1950s until the late-‘70s news magazines and the media in general warned Americans again of a coming ice age.
The classic was around 1978 in a photograph taken from space of the Lower 48 in which snow was seen covering all or part of every state. It was more “proof” of the coming big chill.
For years now we have witnessed the constant drumbeat — through movies, so-called documentaries and articles — bluntly stating that we all had better learn to tread water because the glaciers are melting.
Advocates are growing increasingly desperate as they attempt to convince the public that global warming is the greatest moral issue of our generation. Americans are served a parade of environmental warnings by the national media and Hollywood who seek to link every possible weather event to global warming.
Although record keeping was scant if non-existent over the past millennium, the National Academy of Sciences reaffirmed the existence of the Medieval Warm Period from about 900 AD to 1300 AD. Also, there are records that show a “Little Ice Age” from about 1500 to 1850.
Both of these periods occurred long before the invention of the Cadillac Escalade or human industrial activity could have possibly impacted the Earth’s climate. In fact, scientists believe Earth was warmer during the Medieval Warm Period, when the Vikings grew crops in Greenland, than today.
Sure, the average temperature rose 1 degree Fahrenheit during The American Century.
Let’s also realize that the rise in temperature coincided with the greatest advancement of living standards, life expectancy, food production and human health in the history of the planet. So, it seems a stretch to suggest global warming in the 20th century was somehow negative or part of a “catastrophic” trend.
Besides, one eruption from a Krakatau volcano or even a belch from Mount St. Helen’s puts more soot and ash in the atmosphere than all of mankind’s industrial activity combined.
Last is a fact ignored over the past several decades that shoots holes in the carbon dioxide theory of global warming. Since the 1940s, as man-made emissions rose sharply, temperatures declined.
That trend lasted until the 1970s and prompted many scientists to fear a coming ice age already discussed.
Temperatures grew colder after CO2 emissions exploded.
So, if CO2 is the driving force of global climate change, why do so many ignore the skeptical among us who cite these inconvenient truths? ?



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