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Governor Romney may have been brainwashed by the global warmers
Howard Richman, 6/20/2011

Governor Mitt Romney, the leading Republican candidate for President, claimed earlier this month that man-made global warming is real. He said:

I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that . . . so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.

His endorsement of the 20th century theory comes, unfortunately for him, at the same time that scientists are switching to the 21st century theory that climate change is mainly due to extra-terrestrial activities, mainly cosmic rays and solar activity.

For example, in the April 7 Financial Post Australian mathematician and engineer David Evans (Carbon warming too minor to be worth worrying about), a former proponent of the 20th century theory, revealed that the global warming models were disproved even before global temperatures peaked in 1998:

This is the core idea of every official climate model: For each bit of warming due to carbon dioxide, they claim it ends up causing three bits of warming due to the extra moist air. The climate models amplify the carbon dioxide warming by a factor of three — so two-thirds of their projected warming is due to extra moist air (and other factors); only one-third is due to extra carbon dioxide.

That’s the core of the issue. All the disagreements and misunderstandings spring from this. The alarmist case is based on this guess about moisture in the atmosphere, and there is simply no evidence for the amplification that is at the core of their alarmism.

Weather balloons had been measuring the atmosphere since the 1960s, many thousands of them every year. The climate models all predict that as the planet warms, a hot spot of moist air will develop over the tropics about 10 kilometres up, as the layer of moist air expands upwards into the cool dry air above. During the warming of the late 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, the weather balloons found no hot spot. None at all. Not even a small one. This evidence proves that the climate models are fundamentally flawed, that they greatly overestimate the temperature increases due to carbon dioxide.

The mainstream media are finally starting to report bits and pieces of the 21st century theory. For example, they widely reported a press release from the  Southwest Research Institute Planetary Science Directorate which notes that solar activity is on the downturn, which is likely to cause global cooling in the coming decades. Here is a selection:

WHAT’S DOWN WITH THE SUN? MAJOR DROP IN SOLAR ACTIVITY PREDICTED

Latitude-time plots of jet streams under the Sun's surface show the surprising shutdown of the solar cycle mechanism. New jet streams typically form at about 50 degrees latitude (as in 1999 on this plot) and are associated with the following solar cycle 11 years later. New jet streams associated with a future 2018-2020 solar maximum were expected to form by 2008 but are not present even now, indicating a delayed or missing Cycle 25.

A missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower activity near the poles say that our Sun is heading for a rest period even as it is acting up for the first time in years, according to scientists at the National Solar Observatory (NSO) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

As the current sunspot cycle, Cycle 24, begins to ramp up toward maximum, independent studies of the solar interior, visible surface, and the corona indicate that the next 11-year solar sunspot cycle, Cycle 25, will be greatly reduced or may not happen at all.

The results were announced at the annual meeting of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, which is being held this week at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces:

http://astronomy.nmsu.edu/SPD2011/

“This is highly unusual and unexpected,” Dr. Frank Hill, associate director of the NSO’s Solar Synoptic Network, said of the results. “But the fact that three completely different views of the Sun point in the same direction is a powerful indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation.”

Incidentally,  the NSO's Dr. Frank Hill appears to be unaware that these three conference papers are confirming a dramatic prediction that was originally submitted and rejected for publication in 2005 (Sunspots May Vanish by 2015). The earth appears to be headed toward a period of global cooling, at present, not global warming.

So if sunspots actually disappear, as these scientists contend could happen, and we get something like the Maunder Minimum which occurred from 1645-1700, what would the world's climate be like? Geology professor Don J. Easterbrook explains:

The Maunder Minimum was not the beginning of The Little Ice Age—it actually began about 1300 AD—but it marked perhaps the bitterest part of the cooling. Temperatures dropped ~4º C (~7 º F) in ~20 years in mid-to high latitudes. The colder climate that ensued for several centuries was devastating. The population of Europe had become dependent on cereal grains as their main food supply during the Medieval Warm Period and when the colder climate, early snows, violent storms, and recurrent flooding swept Europe, massive crop failures occurred. Winters in Europe were bitterly cold, and summers were rainy and too cool for growing cereal crops, resulting in widespread famine and disease. About a third of the population of Europe perished.  

When Mitt Romney becomes aware that the world stopped warming in 1998, he could switch from the 20th century theory to the 21st century theory and could explain his change to voters by noting that he was "brainwashed" by the global warmers. On the other hand, saying that he had been "brainwashed" didn't work out so well for his father in the presidential primaries when he switched from being pro-Vietnam War to anti-Vietnam War. Some voters thought that his father had a fundamental flaw in his character if he could be so easily fooled.

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Comment by Bruce Bishop, 6/22/2011:

Brainwashed?!  Sorry guys.  Presumably, Mitt Romney is much better informed on the critical issues of the day than, say, I am.  If I know that "manmade global warming" is bullshit, how could he possibly not know it.

As far as I am concerned, it wouldn't be any worse if Mitt Romney had been caught on videotape stomping baby kittens to death.  He was clearly attempting to suck up to the liberal/progressives and indicate his willingness to "reach out to the other side."  That is what RINO's do.  That is what we are trying desperately to get away from.

Suppose Sarah Palin had made this sort of blunder.




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