You have to admit that Mother Nature has a great sense of humor! The big Copenhagen Summit was to be the BIG EVENT that would solve our global warming problems help nurture Mother earth back to health and TX the hell out of all the polluters to pay for it all. A funny thing happend on the way a bill signing.
The world FROZE!
Yep, everywhere one looked COLD was happening and setting big records in so doing. It wasn't just us Houstonians who were shivering in extended sub-freezing weather for days, but the whole danged PLANET! How does Al Gore SELL his global warming program when everyone is freezing and can't pay their heat bills? Fair question?
Well, maybe we've found the answer to global warming. In fact, there are at least two answers; we're assuming that there is such a thing as global warming and not galactic warming going on here. Let's be up front about that. I have previously written that the BIGGIE to put a damper on global warming theorists has been the absence of sun spots. The last I checked, scientists still believe we get our HEAT from the sun.
When sun spots flare, it pushes more heat and energy into the solar system. When there an absence of sun spots (like 2009 to a large degree), it gets colder here on the 3rd planet.
While history and geological studies have shown us that we had massive global cooling in the past due to volcanic activity, no one is now considering what's currently taking place. Remember that it was the Toba super volcano that blasted the planet some 70-73,000 years ago that started the ice age which didn't end until about 10,000 years ago. I know, it was before your time; however, today is OUR time and here's the data.
From 1997 to 2007 there were only 2-5 major erupting volcanoes per year!
In 2008 things started heating up with 12! Count em! Three times the average of the previous ten years. Ah, but then we have 2009 wherein that number DOUBLED to 24 eruptions. And? Volcanoes throw all manner of junk into the atmosphere that partially blocks out the sun. Thus we're seeing a COOL DOWN, not a WARM UP.
When a volcano erupts it means things are moving and shaking down deep which is usually accompanied by earthquakes around the globe. Can you say Haiti? Maybe global warming was better for us than we knew- if it was really a carbon footprint problem. I wonder HOW Al Gore is doing these days?