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Forget global warming, we’re now in a global cooling

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

For the past decade, world leaders have disagreed on a variety of topics. Whether it be in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Syria, some leaders are for using military action while others prefer countries to remove themselves from any such conflict.
During this time, most of these same leaders have partnered with their concerns regarding our climate, especially when it comes to what is known as “global warming.”
Former Vice-President Al Gore put the issue in focus with his part in the 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”
In the movie, Gore claims there’s a possibility of a major ice sheet in Greenland that could melt and raise global seal levels by approximately 20 feet, flooding coastal areas and producing 100 million refugees.
While there’s been proof of some warming temperatures in the area, I’ve taken the position that the area is going through a normal warming and eventually cooling process. I’m no scientist but that was my viewpoint on the issue from all of the articles I’ve read from both sides of the topic.
Then comes a report this week showing a million more square miles of the Arctic Ocean area being covered in ice in 2013 than what was covered in 2012. It’s a whopping 60-percent increase and a far cry from what some were expecting to be an “ice-free” Arctic this year.
With ice in the area now averaging 2.35 million square miles instead of 1.32 as recorded in 2012, some scientists are now saying that “global cooling” is here.
Anastasios Tsonis, from the University of Wisconsin, recently told a London newspaper that he thinks a cooling trend will continue for at least 15 years. He said he believes the warming trend of the 1980s and 1990s has stopped.
Global surface temperatures have been flat for the last 15 years, this according to the United Kingdom’s Met Office, a weather-watching center.
Meanwhile, political leaders will continue telling all of us that we need to do what we can to fight global warming in spite of facts showing the trend has changed.
In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency has all but crippled the coal industry. New regulations formed with what I would call “questionable” science may close 32 coal-fired power plants and force a shut down of another 36 plants.
Aside from the coal industry, local gas and electric rates will see increases as the EPA continues to create more regulations that affect all of our wallets.
While I believe we should be good stewards of our environment, I argue the increasing list of regulations in the fight against a faulty concept is a result of governments wanting more power along with some people pushing an agenda to make money.
It’s time for all of us to start looking at our environment in its cycle form. What was known as the “global warming” period appears to be over. Apparently, the next documentary could be about how we’re all going to die due to “global cooling.”