Posted by: adoseofliberty | December 27, 2009

Global Warming #21

Howard Bloom, founder and head of The Space Development Steering Committee, in an op/ed in the Wall Street Journal, explains that although climate change activists are right in their anticipation of significant climate shifts, they’ve got the wrong suspect.  It’s not man.  It’s Mother Nature.  The estimated $27 trillion solution by the world’s governments is bound to be a colossal failure and an unnecessary waste of capital that is increasingly essential in the modern world economy.

We’ve been deceived by a stroke of luck. In the two million years during which we climbed from stone-tool wielding Homo erectus with sloping brows to high-foreheaded Homo urbanis, man the inventor of the city, we underwent 60 glaciations, 60 ice ages. And in the 120,000 years since we emerged in our current physiological shape as Homo sapiens, we’ve lived through 20 sudden global warmings. In most of those, temperatures have shot up by as much as 18 degrees within a mere 20 years.

All this took place without smokestacks and tailpipes. All this took place without the desecration of nature by modern man.

Mr. Bloom outlines the astronomical reasons behind the continual see-saw between “steamy tropical heat” and “icy freeze”:

The Earth is a traveler. Its angle as it sweeps around the sun produces the massive weather flips we call seasons—the dance from summer to winter and back again. But there’s more. Our planet has a peculiar wobble—its precession. And that precession produces upheavals in our weather, weather alterations we cycle through every 22,000, 41,000 and 100,000 years.

He continues this analysis by explaining the similar traveling nature of the sun, which circles the galaxy’s core every 226 million years, its orbiting planets in tow.  Every 143 million years, we “pass through a spiral arm of the galaxy, an arm that tosses tsunamis of cosmic rays our way”, which produce massive climate change.

The bottom line? Weather changes and the occasional meteor have tossed this planet through roughly 142 mass extinctions since life began 3.85 billion years ago. That’s an average of one mass extinction every 26.5 million years. Where did these mass die-offs come from? Nature. There were no human capitalists, industrialists or cultures of consumerism to blame.


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