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Get Ready for Global Cooling

Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 07:35 AM

By E. Ralph Hostetter

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By ministers of 180 different countries, members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been meeting on Bali Island, Indonesia, for the past two weeks to discuss the crucial issues of "climatic science."

Emmy Hafild, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, set the tone of the meetings with these remarks: "Governments know that if they don't act on climate change, the environmental, social and economic costs will be huge."

Could this be the global warmers’ last big meeting? Could it be that global warming is ending, just at a time when the panic-driven global warmers are preparing to lower the carbon tax boom on the American public?

And what brought about global warming in the first place? Was it carbon dioxide and the dastardly SUV, the reasons most touted by the main body of the world’s political scientists? The issue has been promoted to the nth-degree by a corrupt and dishonest mass media.

There is growing evidence that the sun itself plays a major role in the warming and cooling of the planted, cited by dozens of reputable scientists based on a history of climate and temperatures dating back thousands of years.

It appears ever more likely that the sun itself, the giver of all energy to the planet, contributes substantially to the warming and cooling cycles of earth.

When the sun is active with sunspot and solar storms, more solar energy reaches the earth. When the sun is dormant (void) of such storms, less energy is emitted and temperatures on the earth begin to cool.

At present, the sun is approaching a more dormant status, and temperatures that reached a high at the turn of the century have now stabilized at slightly lower levels.

Dr. David Whitehouse, British scientist, gives an overview in the U.K. Independent (news.independent.co.uk/sc) on 5 Dec. 2007: "Something is happening to our Sun . . . It has to do with sun spots . . . after a period of exceptionally high activity in the 20th century, our Sun has suddenly gone exceptionally quiet. Months have passed with no spots visible on the disc.”

Dr. Whitehouse continues, “Between 1645 and 1715, sunspots were rare. About 50 were observed. There should have been 50,000 . . . The earth's northern hemisphere chilled with devastating consequences . . . Scientists called the event the "little ice age."

“In the mid-17th century, demographic growth stopped . . . in part due to reduced crop yields caused by climate change . . . Hunger weakened the population."

This revelation does not mean that the global warming issue has come to an end — by no means.

The global warming hucksters led by former Vice President Al Gore, now a Nobel Prize honoree, have too great an investment to give up easily.

The corrupt, dishonest media has so much global warming egg on its face it will fight to the bitter end rather than admit it has played such a major role in the "hoax of the century," so described by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., ranking member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Several years will yet have to pass to establish the fact the globe is actually cooling. The years 2009-10 should establish that global cooling has begun. It is doubtful the former "ice agers" (now the global warmers) could be energized to start another “ice age” (scare) as they did in the mid-1970s.

What we do have to worry about are the "land mines" the present global warmers have placed in our path in the form of legislation to impose a tax system involving carbon credits that could cost the U.S. taxpayer trillions of dollars in the foreseeable future.

Another program that could be legislated for industry, especially, is a carbon capture system. British Petroleum (BP) and General Electric, in a global alliance in Southern California, plan to capture some four million tons of carbon dioxide each from two coal gasification plants.

The process for capturing the CO2, to prevent it from entering the atmosphere, involves the following procedure as described by National Geographic in a recent issue.

The CO2 is captured from the stack and compressed. The CO2 may be temporarily stored in pressure tanks on the premises and later piped to a seaport and stored, awaiting shipment by tanker to a distant location at sea where it is released deep into the seabed some 10,000 feet down. If the factory is located along the coast it would be piped directly to a distant location and buried in the previously described manner.

Such a capture scheme exists in the world's largest prototype carbon-capture coal plant in Esbjerg, Denmark, for the purpose of developing technology to capture and store CO2 from conventional power plants. The cost of capturing CO2 is $68 per ton on average.

The cost to BP and GE for carbon capture of 4 million tons each at $68 per ton would be over one-half billion dollars a year.

The cooling effect of the Sun's inactivity will take several more years to establish itself as a genuine measure of climate direction.

The nation will know if and when the solar observations prove to be true.

At that time, Al Gore and all the global warming hucksters will claim credit for the change in climate. Until then, normal weather continue its pattern of ups and downs, as it has over the centuries, with floods, droughts, tornadoes and hurricanes harming hundreds of millions of poor people and destroying hundreds of endangered species.

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E. Ralph Hostetter, a prominent businessman and agricultural publisher, also is a national and local award-winning columnist. He welcomes comments by email sent to eralphhostetter@yahoo.com.

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