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Humbug to man-made climate change

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:45 a.m. CDT

Does anyone remember Chicken Little and his mantra, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling”? He has been reincarnated in the form of those who today cry, “Man-made global warming.”

If we, for the sake of argument, agree with this theory, many of the experts on their side of the fence proclaim that it's now too late to reverse the damage, so the case seems hopeless.

However, upon closer inspection, a rush to judgment in a process of this magnitude is absurd, and beyond. As a start, the preponderance of data being gathered is disproportionate to the size of the appropriate time frame being scrutinized.

Reputable temperature data extends only 100 years back in time, in a then-widely-scattered geographical arena, while today, temperatures are recorded at an ever-increasing number of locales at numerous times per day. The result? Skewed data, which in the scientific world is viewed with suspicion – or should be.

Changes in global climate exist, but can be sufficiently explained by the movements of the earth as influenced by our sun, moon and the other planets of the solar system.

The Milankovitch Theory, among others, accounts for the cyclical nature of our ice ages by tying them to changes in the axis tilt of our earth, the periodic wobble of the same axis, as well as the ever-changing trajectory of our planet's path around the sun, from circular to elliptical.

These movements are correlative to the amount of solar energy affecting the earth's temperatures over time.

So, let's not flatter ourselves by thinking that we puny humans can, indeed, produce a change in the climate, for the forces at work here are without peer and beyond duplication.

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