The weather outside is frightful

An IBD editorial warns that some very unpleasant Global Cooling could be just around the corner:

Solar activity fluctuates in an 11-year cycle. But so far in this cycle, the sun has been disturbingly quiet. The lack of increased activity could signal the beginning of what is known as a Maunder Minimum, an event which occurs every couple of centuries and can last as long as a century. Such an event occurred in the 17th century. The observation of sunspots showed extraordinarily low levels of magnetism on the sun, with little or no 11-year cycle.

This solar hibernation corresponded with a period of bitter cold that began around 1650 and lasted, with intermittent spikes of warming, until 1715. Frigid winters and cold summers during that period led to massive crop failures, famine and death in Northern Europe…if the sun remains quiet for another year or two, it may indicate a repeat of that period of drastic cooling of the Earth, bringing massive snowfall and severe weather to the Northern Hemisphere…

R. Timothy Patterson, professor of geology…says that “CO2 variations show little correlation with our planet’s climate on long, medium and even short time scales…I and the first-class scientists I work with are consistently finding excellent correlations between the regular fluctuations of the sun and earthly climate. This is not surprising. The sun and the stars are the ultimate source of energy on this planet…Solar scientists predict that, by 2020, the sun will be starting into its weakest Schwabe cycle of the past two centuries, likely leading to unusually cool conditions on Earth…Solar activity has overpowered any effect that CO2 has had before, and it most likely will again…If we were to have even a medium-sized solar minimum, we could be looking at a lot more bad effects than ‘global warming’ would have had.”

A Hoover Institution Study…says that “try as we might, we simply could not find any relationship between industrial activity, energy consumption and changes in global temperatures.” The study concludes that if you shut down all the world’s power plants and factories, “there would not be much effect on temperatures.”

(HT: Powerline) Question: could it be that Newsweek was actually right in 1975?

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