More Inconvenient Truths (UPDATED)

Inconvenient to Mittens Romney and his fellow ignoramus cultists, that is.

What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth – far from facing a global warming problem – is actually headed into a mini Ice Age.

The announcement made on 14 June (18:00 UK time) comes from scientists at the US National Solar Observatory (NSO) and US Air Force Research Laboratory. Three different analyses of the Sun’s recent behaviour all indicate that a period of unusually low solar activity may be about to begin.

Actual scientists? As opposed to Al Bore and Mittens Romneycare?

So just how cold might it get as a result of all of this?

Early records of sunspots indicate that the Sun went through a period of inactivity in the late 17th century. Very few sunspots were seen on the Sun from about 1645 to 1715. Although the observations were not as extensive as in later years, the Sun was in fact well observed during this time and this lack of sunspots is well documented. This period of solar inactivity also corresponds to a climatic period called the “Little Ice Age” when rivers that are normally ice-free froze and snow fields remained year-round at lower altitudes. There is evidence that the Sun has had similar periods of inactivity in the more distant past.

What? You mean that the Ice Ages weren’t caused by temperature drops due to organic farming and use of “sustainable energy sources?”

Are you saying that that giant ball of nuclear explosions in the sky might actually have some influence on Earth’s climate, even more so than Aunt Priscilla’s old Cadillac?

Preposterous!!!

The debate is over! Noted seminary dropout Al Bore and famous Fabulous Hair Guy Mittens Romney have spoken!

Thatisall.

UPDATE: Well we’ll be buggered by the entire 2nd Warwickshire Regiment of Foot if LC Darth Scoundrel didn’t point out to us what’s behind all of this. It is, of course, once again the tireless work of our Savior, Comrade Ogabe!

How could we have forgotten how the day he got the NSDWP nomination as the day when “the seas started receding?” How big of a deal would it be for that truly stupendously awesome uber-dude to tell the sun to tone it down a bit? Heck, he’d hardly have to delay his tee time for a minute to do that! We’ve been skooled, we tells ya. Well and truly SKOOLED.

(OK, we suspect LC Darth Scoundrel may have been employing that Super Sekrit Imperial Weapon, “sarcasm”, but we’ll report for reeducation camp anyway, just to be on the safe side).

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Imperial Grammar Nazi, G.L.O.R
Imperial Grammar Nazi, G.L.O.R

One major problem which may result is with crops. If we get colder than normal, we will likely have a food shortage. And with a large percentage of our corn going to fulfill greenies’ wet dreams for biofuel, the shortage is likely to be even MORE severe. Way to go, “progressives.” We may have just “progressed” ourselves into another famine,… Read more »

LC Darth Scoundrel
LC Darth Scoundrel

You miss the point! See, we were heading for a global meltdown until we all went green, and Preznit Ogabe promised that when he was annointed the earth would begin to cool, and HE WAS RIGHT!!!
(damn, playing moonbat makes my head hurt)

LC Gregory
LC Gregory

O my Emperor, and O the Delight of my Eyes,

Just wanted to be sure you saw this.

http://www.nationalreview.com/the-feed/269599/sex-offender-dies-act-raping-77-year-old-woman

:em01:

LC LOBO
LC LOBO

Grammar Czar says: One major problem which may result is with crops. If we get colder than normal, we will likely have a food shortage. And with a large percentage of our corn going to fulfill greenies’ wet dreams for biofuel, the shortage is likely to be even MORE severe. Way to go, “progressives.” We may have just “progressed” ourselves… Read more »

Draven32
Draven32

I refer you all to a book by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Fallen Angels. In the world it takes place in the eco-nut government is drastically restricting the use of energy while at the same time glaciers are literally creeping through the Midwest.

Boryon
Boryon

An ebook of Fallen Angels is available here for free in a variety of DRM free formats. This is a legit site.

If you like that, you may want to check out John Ringo’s book, The Last Centurion. Alas, only the first quarter is available free.

Enough pimping, enjoy.

LC Xystus
LC Xystus

From Morrisey at Tepid Air: Obviously, the solution to this (from an AGW perspective) would be to immediately ramp up carbon emissions. Why, we should start subsidizing fossil-fuel use and pay drivers a per-mile tax credit! Build refineries, and fly lots of charter jet flights with only a handful of passengers! Oh, wait — AGW activists like Al Gore already… Read more »

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator

Meanwhile, Al Gore has PRAISED Mitts comments on GloBULL Warming

lc purple raider
lc purple raider

We may have just “progressed” ourselves into another famine, but this time, a man-caused famine. Every famine in history was manmade. I am still looking at Jon Huntsman, myself. He will be announcing his candidacy on June 21st. Out of all the front line GOP candidates, he is the most interesting to me. Only if he changes parties and runs… Read more »

These guys are a little behind the times…we’ve already exited a “solar minimum” period and the Sun is gearing up towards a new “solar maximum”. Total days in 2011 sans sunspots: 1. One whole day. Coronal holes are opening on a regular basis subjecting the earth to solar wind streams and sparking lots of aurora activity in northern latitudes, and… Read more »

LC Darth Scoundrel
LC Darth Scoundrel

LC Gregory growls and barks:
June 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

O my Emperor, and O the Delight of my Eyes,

coffcoff*suckup*coffcoff