No. No, it can’t be. It just can’t be.
Some researchers believe that the solar cycle influences global climate changes. They attribute recent warming trends to cyclic variation. Skeptics, though, argue that there’s little hard evidence of a solar hand in recent climate changes.
Now, a new research report from a surprising source may help to lay this skepticism to rest. A study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland looking at climate data over the past century has concluded that solar variation has made a significant impact on the Earth’s climate. The report concludes that evidence for climate changes based on solar radiation can be traced back as far as the Industrial Revolution.
IANAS, of course, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and make the radical assertion that it’s been going on a good bit longer than that.
While the NASA study acknowledged the sun’s influence on warming and cooling patterns, it then went badly off the tracks. Ignoring its own evidence, it returned to an argument that man had replaced the sun as the cause current warming patterns. Like many studies, this conclusion was based less on hard data and more on questionable correlations and inaccurate modeling techniques.
Well, there are plenty of religious folks at NASA, after all. And having the central tenets of one’s faith disproved by science has never been an easy thing for the devout to accept.
The climate-change religion will sooner or later go the way of all other superstition and sophistry. But in the meantime, any of you liberal bedwetters up for an entertaining and edifying renewal of the flat-earth debate? Or that eclipses are caused by a great snake-god swallowing the sun?
Hey, just trying to cheer you idiots up a little, that’s all.