Global warming is total bunk…

… In case you weren’t aware, it’s hot outside. Make-up melting, hair frizzing, miserably hot outside. What is causing this doom inducing change in the atmosphere, you may be asking. Why it’s a little thing that happens every year around this time called summer.

So please, no need to get alarmed. The hot weather is not an indication that the end is nigh or the Mayans were right, or that Al Gore is any less bat shit crazy.

Rings in fossilised pine trees have proven that the world was much warmer than previously thought – and the earth has been slowly COOLING for 2,000 years. Measurements stretching back to 138BC prove that the Earth is slowly cooling due to changes in the distance between the Earth and the sun. The finding may force scientists to rethink current theories of the impact of global warming.

It is the first time that researchers have been able to accurately measure trends in global temperature over the last two millennia. Over that time, the world has been getting cooler – and previous estimates, used as the basis for current climate science, are wrong. Their findings demonstrate that this trend involves a cooling of -0.3°C per millennium due to gradual changes to the position of the sun and an increase in the distance between the Earth and the sun.

‘We found that previous estimates of historical temperatures during the Roman era and the Middle Ages were too low,’ says Esper. ‘Such findings are also significant with regard to climate policy, as they will influence the way today’s climate changes are seen in context of historical warm periods.’ [Read More]

ps- I’m not a real scientist or climatologist, I only play one on the internet.

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • Tyro

    How fascinating that your opinion on this matter happens to line up almost exactly with the beliefs of crazy right wing senators from Oklahoma rather than real, live climate scientists dealing with record-breaking temperatures.

    I might also add that you missed the obvious logical flaw in your argument: on ONE hand, you’re arguing, “this isn’t global warming! it’s not happening! it’s just summer!” On the OTHER hand, you’re simultaneously saying, “yes, it IS happening, but it’s not a big deal since this has been happening over millenia!”

    Since you need my help, let me give you the final answer on this for a few years down the road: write a post on how it is happening, and we did cause it, but we will just have to deal with the consequences, because it’s too late, and we’re clever enough to figure out how to work around it. No need to thank me! I live to serve!

    • Katrina Fernandez

      Actually my opinions line up exactly with the scientist that conducted the study. Climate change is natural, global warming is bunk. No thanks given. 

      • Kat Wagner

        Tyro —  the article says that the earth is cooling, so the latter part of your “obvious logical flaw” isn’t at all what she is saying, if she agrees with the study’s findings.

        Really, does it matter if the earth is warming or cooling? That’s the problem with this whole “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” or whatever green-activism. It hinges on there actually being global warming or climate change or whatever, so people get all upset about the issue when it’s actually a red herring. Maybe we should just be responsible stewards and take care of the earth because *it’s the right thing to do* and we were given custody of the earth by *God*. Wow. Amazing. Moral principals — who’d-a-thunk?

  • Ann Featsent

    I have been saying this for years and years.  Anti-Global Warming is my second religion after Catholicism.  I want one of those “It’s the Sun, Stupid” T-Shirts for my birthday.  God Bless you for being a sane person.  You may wish your life were different in this way or that, but the Lord has granted you so much sense for you to pass on to The Boy without restriction or prejudice from someone else.  One of the many reasons we love you Kat! 

    • kenneth

      It’s good you have a backup religion as well as a main one. You’ll have two gods to pray to for relief when your grocery and water bills eclipse your house payment.

      • Reefermadness

        with the expensive green energy or……what? doomsday? bring it on. get a gun. 

  • Mike

    Wow!  Real science!  What a refreshing change.

  • Tgmueller47

    Who underwrites this blog, Exxon-Mobil?

    • Katrina Fernandez

      I wish I got some kick backs from them.   

    • kenneth

      Actually Exxon-Mobil and all of the major oil companies now acknowledge the reality of fossil fuel based global warming. They plan for it as a contingency in their financial strategies and warn their own investors about its risks.  The U.S. military has taken global warming seriously since the early 2000s, during the Bush years. They know it will be a major driver in wars and security problems in coming decades. Every scientific academy and society of any national or international standing has a consensus that human-caused warming is real and poses serious potential problems.

       The only people left who don’t believe its real are American conservatives and in particular, the religious right. That opposition stems not from any serious scientific data, but from a gut-level hatred of the liberals and hippies and pagans and Al Gores who they see as the high priests of the environmental movement.  They simply cannot live with even the thought that such odious people might be right. They will continue to disbelieve in warming, at least publicly, even if someday the ocean or a desert overtakes their home and they find themselves taking malaria meds year-round in middle America. 

      • Katrina Fernandez

        And commies are the only ones left who support the theory of global warming. 


        • kenneth

          The Big Oil execs and Joint Chiefs and World Bank/IMF dudes are some funny-looking commies! 

          • Kat Wagner

            Not really — communist elites always get great perks. Think Waldsiedlung.

          • Kat Wagner

            Not really — communist elites always get great perks. Think Waldsiedlung.

          • Drew Phillips

            And the Vatican, British Conservative Party, the NSA, CIA, Pentagon, US Navy, World Meteorological Society, the American Petroleum Institute, and every single peak science body on the planet? They are communists too?

            You have a strange definition of communism.

          • kenneth

            Long-haired Mao-quoting, Che-worshipping pinkos, the lot of them!

          • Kat Wagner

            What? I think you’ve got an association fallacy there, along with a strawman.

            I have a very accurate definition of communism, including the historical, verifiable historical fact that Waldsiedlung and its equivalents were closed-gate communities open to the political elites of the communist party. 

            My point was that just because the “Big Oil execs and Joint Chiefs and World Bank/IMF dudes” are living the high life does not make them ineligible to be communists. It doesn’t make them communists, either, but that’s not what I said. Some might argue that the increasing political and economic assistance by the government in these particular areas, in fact, might actually be pointing its way towards communism (with the 1%/execs in the position of the elites), but I personally am not sure I agree with this; I am merely saying it could be argued.

            Dude, it’s not funny when you have to explain it. Thanks a lot for the downer.

          • Katrina Fernandez

            I know, Kenneth is fun to banter with. But some people really do harsh your mellow.   

        • Phil Thom

          Katrina, you are either a clumsy satirist, or a severely dim person.

          • Katrina Fernandez

            Oh, it’s not as bad as all that. 

      • Kristen inDallas

        “Conservative” and “conservation” come from the same root. Also the word “progress” (before being pitched as Obama’s campaign slogan) was most commonly associated with the industrial revolution. The difference is not in whether or not one advocates destroying the earth… the difference is in whether or not one is willing to jump on a specious claim that one system “might brake” and on that basis make drastic overhauls to other systems without regard to whether or not they might break.

        Prudence. It’s not a bad word.

        • kenneth

          So where exactly is the “prudence” in our current track of action? We are making drastic overhauls to the planets climate system through our own activities. That’s not really in dispute among serious scientists as a whole. 

           We know that the changes we have set in motion have the ability to trigger massive feedback looks in ocean and atmospheric chemistry and temperature which can take centuries to peak and then to re-balance. 

          We know that at a minimum, those changes will cause severe suffering to many people and will introduce more shock and uncertainty into a world economy that is hanging on by three fingers on a good day. Our collective capacity to absorb shocks and nasty surprises is nothing more than the sum of our individual capacities. If your grocery bill increases by $100 a week, do YOU have the spare juice for that? If resource wars give us three or four Iraq or Afghanistan-sized conflicts and add a few trillion to the federal deficit, would YOU be cool with a steep tax hike? This payday loan scam we’re playing with Chinese money won’t last forever. 

           We don’t know that the changes will reach a catastrophic level, but we know full well that if they do, we got no “plan b.” We know the planet’s climate engines can and have produced mass extinctions even in their natural cycles, and we know that we now have the power to tinker with those controls, with no real idea of what we may be doing. We also know that even pre-industrial civilizations managed to render themselves extinct through foolish and un-sustainable practices that caused or worsened regional climate change.  The “global warming is bunk” course of action is essentially the same as letting a chimp into the control room of a nuclear power plant and letting him fiddle with the controls at will. Odd are he won’t happen to withdraw all the control rods and shut down all the redundant water pumps….. What exactly is the upside of this “prudent” course we’re following?

          • MerrilyGoingDown

            And you’re, following around a guy telling you not to drive while he’s drinking in a jet plane. Hope you feel like a sheep. 

    • Russell Cook

       ” … Who underwrites this blog, Exxon-Mobil? …”

      The above comment being the exact kind of response I mentioned in my “Heartland Institute ‘Unabomber billboard’ brings out
      Global Warming Alarmists’ One-Trick Pony”

      The more the folks pushing the idea of man-caused global warming push that accusation, the more it looks like a shell game tactic to distract the public from the faults seen everywhere else in the issue, as I later pointed out in my “Global Warming’s Killer: Critical Thinking”

      • Katrina Fernandez

        Thank you, Russell, for your feedback.  

  • PolishBear

    Anyone with half a brain can deduce that you can’t go pumping carbon into the atmosphere faster and faster, while mowing down the world’s rainforests, and NOT expect it to have an impact on the climate. Unfortunately I think we’ll continue to kick the environmental can down the road, because we don’t have the wherewithall to do what needs to be done: Put the brakes on population growth, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.

    With that in mind, maybe it’s time to just throw in the towel, and focus on the BRIGHT SIDE of Global Warming:

    1: Public swimming pools open on Groundhog Day, don’t close until Thanksgiving.
    2: No more of those pesky polar bear attacks … EVER AGAIN.
    3: You won’t have to drive to the beach. The beach comes to YOU!
    4: Business will be positively BOOMING at the Great Lakes alligator farms.
    5: No more movies about cutesy penguins.
    6: Fewer people freezing to death. Heatstroke is a much cozier way to go.
    7: Forget mowing the lawn anymore. Just let it die, then paint it green.
    8: “February showers bring March flowers!”
    9: Those garishly-colored coral reefs will soon be a tasteful off-white.
    10: A new, FUN contest to rename Glacier National Park!
    11: Office dress codes revised to allow for “Clothing-Optional Friday.”
    12: People less worried about going to Hell.
    13: Now maybe animals will abandon the cruel practice of wearing fur.

    • Katrina Fernandez

      overpopulation is a myth.  Actually the population rate has been dropping, due to contraception and abortion.

      • Sacredcrocheter

        Kat-I love this blog! Notice how crazy some people get when you state the obvious.They remind me of the “Rapture” lunatics.  They so desperately want something catastrophically horrible to happen so they can say “told ya you were going to hell!”
        p.s. Also- if we are over-populated, why are some countries offering financial perks to people to have children? This might be a good blog topic for another day-maybe when it’s cooler so the global-warming cospiracy folks don’t overheat.

    • Jukiluti

      It’ll even out sir. We won’t run off the cliff. Now there’s this hushbush about running off the cliff before it even happens. Talk to me in 40-50 years and we can talk and see how life is. Unless that is, you’ve died from cancer. :D

  • Romulus

    Yes, Kat: it’s always hot in summer.  But it’s not always especially cold in winter, especially this year — which is kind of my point.  Here’s an interesting and enlightening exercise:  find out the dates of record low and high temperatures, for every day of the year.  Note the average age of these daily records.  Note that the average age of record high temperatures is much younger than that of the record lows.  Note that we are no longer setting new record daily lows — on average, throughout the year — at nearly the same rate that we’re setting new record highs.  Then ask yourself about the odds that this is a random event and could just as easily have turned out opposite results. 

    With record highs being more recent than record lows 80% of the time or more, it’s not reasonable to conclude that nothing is going on with climate. 

    • Katrina Fernandez

      I never said “nothing” is going on with the climate. It naturally fluctuates.  It’s cooler now than it was during the middle ages and Roman times… how far back did you want me to go and check record highs and lows? You are looking at too narrow a time frame.

      • Romulus

        Well, where I live we have reliable temperature records going back about 120 years.  Probably the oldest records you can find anyplace don’t go back more than 150 years.  I am not interested in scientific speculations based on tree rings, glaciation, etc. — but temperature is not hard to measure — and even though our sample size is small relative to human history, the frequency of record highs in recent years is impossible to regard as random.  I don’t know what causes this, and have no agenda apart from saying that AGW has to be considered just like everything else.  We can’t worry about the lib rags that Kristen mentions; they will always be ready with a plausible argument why the earth would be better off if millions of people who don’t look like them weren’t around.  What’s deeply unattractive among “conservatives” is the sentimentality, special pleading, and intellectual dishonesty of arguing that certain theories may not even be examined, lest their success be exploited by our enemies. 

        • Katrina Fernandez

          Again you are using a small sampling time frame of 120 years, compared to blocks of 500 years. 

    • Kristen inDallas

      What I find interesting is that in the 1960′s, at almost exactly the same time we started measuring global tempuratures with more sensitive instruments, we also started seeing a spike in global tempurature. I could also make comments about the apparent increase in referees making bad calls since the advent of instant replay, but I probably wouldn’t know what the heck I was talking about either way.

      I’m not saying it’s getting warmer, I’m not saying it’s getting cooler. what I am saying is the time period for which we have reliable data is insignificant compared to natural fluctuations, and historical data is based on much cruder calculations. We know even less about humankind’s role in the whole thing. (What’s the net effect of aerosols that create holes in the ozone, and emmisions that produce too much ozone? – granted, I don’t want to breathe either one down here on the surface, but I’m speaking strictly to tempurature change.)

      I’m all for stewardship, mostly because I think if you’ve got a good, whole, working thing/person/system, you shouldn’t exploit or abuse it, for lots of reasons spiritual and tangible. But I don’t think it merits justifying killing millions of babies per year based on a sham idea that we might save ourselves 0.005 degrees over the next 50 years (before possibly losing 0.010 degrees in the following century). I’m not saying anyone on this blog would make that connection, but it only takes a glance at some lib rags to know that there are people who do.

      • Katrina Fernandez

        I like your ref analogy. 

  • Gielsj

    Please inform us all how the planet retains heat?

  • Gielsj

    CEO of Exxon-Mobie, Rex Tillerson, admits global warming is real and emissions will have an impact and we will just have to adapt by engineer technology. Simple is’nt it?

  • Michael Searcy

    Actually, the results of the study reinforce AGW theory.

    There are multiple natural climate influences over the last 30+ years that indicate the Earth should currently be cooling including a decline in solar activity, a downward trend in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), and a steady El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

    Orbital forcing was already known to be having a cooling influence as well.  This study just concludes that that particular forcing has been larger than expected, with periodic fluctuations related to varying solar and volcanic activity.

    Considering recent warming, the influence from human greenhouse gas emissions has overcome all of these natural factors and reversed this cooling trend.  This current study echoes a 2009 study in Nature that concluded recent warming has revered a 2,000 year cooling trend in the Arctic.

  • daisy

    I do so want to slap the stuffing out of the warming hysterics at my office.

    • Katrina Fernandez

      I know. Bitching about how hot it is doesn’t make things cooler. In fact it makes the room fill up with their hot air gasses. 

  • Bobert Bell

    This is utter rubbish.  I’m glad people are taking this rubbish blog seriously:

    Temperatures climbing, weather more unstable, a majority says in pollWashington Post - ‎2 hours ago‎Most Americans say they believe climate change
    is happening, according to a new poll from The Washington Post and
    Stanford University, but they also see it as something that can be
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    Global Warming Linked to 2011 Weather ExtremesWired News - ‎Jul 11, 2012‎A
    first attempt to dissect climate and weather extremes only months after
    they happen is confirming more leisurely analyses of earlier heat
    waves, droughts, and flooding.Fossil Fueled Extreme Weather and the Executives of Climate ChangeClean Energy News (blog)Climate change boosts odds of extreme weatherTimes of MaltaIn Depth:Does climate change increase the odds of extreme weather events? (+video)Christian Science MonitorSee realtime coverage »

    Largest natural disaster in U.S. history declared today - ‎3 hours ago‎
    As the climate warms, more people are taking notice and talking about climate change. “Many people around the world are beginning to appreciate that climate change is under way, that it’s having consequences that are playing out in real time and, in …
    The Climate Post – July 12, 2012Living Green Magazine
    Study: Texas’ Hellacious 2011 Summer Is A Prime Example of Loaded Climate …Dallas Observer (blog)
    Climate Change May Cut Cows’ Milk Production in SouthU.S. News & World Report - ‎19 hours ago‎THURSDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) — Rising temperatures caused by climate change may lead to reduced milk production among cows in the southern United States, a new study suggests.Climate Change Will Take Its Toll On Milk SupplyBusiness Insider
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    Capital Times (blog) - ‎4 hours ago‎
    “Mother Nature has always been unpredictable but when you start factoring in climate change,
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    ===================================== Highlights — June
    The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, which is 2.0°F above the 20th century average. The June temperatures contributed to a record-warm first half of the year and the warmest 12-month period
    the nation has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895. Scorching
    temperatures during the second half of the month led many cities to set
    all-time temperature records.
    Precipitation totals across the country were mixed during June. The nation, as a whole, experienced its tenth driest June on record, with a nationally-averaged precipitation total of 2.27 inches, 0.62 inch below average. Record and near-record dry conditions were present across the Intermountain West, while Tropical Storm Debby dropped record precipitation across Florida.
    Warmer-than-average temperatures were anchored across the Intermountain West and much of the Great Plains during June. Colorado had its warmest June on record, with a statewide temperature 6.4°F above average. Seven additional states in the region had a top ten warm June.
    Cooler-than-average temperatures were present for the Pacific Northwest, where Washington had its seventh coolest June on record. Cooler-than-average conditions were also present for the Southeast, despite record warm temperatures towards the end of the month.
    Record-breaking temperatures occurred across a large portion of the nation during the second half of June. Over 170 all-time warm temperature records
    were broken or tied during the month. Temperatures in South Carolina
    (113°F) and Georgia (112°F) are currently under review by the U.S. State Climate Extremes Committee as possible all-time statewide temperature records.
    Precipitation patterns were mixed across the country. Drier-than-average conditions were present from the West, through the Plains, into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. Wyoming had its driest June on record, with a precipitation total of 0.45 inch, which is 1.27 inches below average. Eleven additional states from Nevada to Kentucky had June precipitation totals ranking among their ten driest.
    According to the U.S. Drought Monitor,
    as of July 3, 56.0 percent of the contiguous U.S. experienced drought
    conditions, marking the largest percentage of the nation experiencing
    drought conditions in the 12-year record of the U.S. Drought Monitor.
    Drought conditions improved across Florida, due to the rains from
    Tropical Storm Debby. Drought conditions worsened across much of the
    West, Central Plains, and the Ohio Valley, causing significant impacts
    on agriculture in those regions.
    Tropical Storm Debby brought copious precipitation to Florida during June as it slowly traversed the state. Florida’s monthly statewide precipitation total
    of 13.16 inches was 6.17 inches above average, ranking as the wettest
    June on record for the state. Parts of the Northeast, as well as the
    Pacific Northwest, were wetter than average. Maine, Oregon, and Washington each had a top ten wet June.
    Several large wildfires raged across the West in June, destroying
    hundreds of homes and causing the evacuation of tens of thousands of
    residences. The very dry, warm, and windy weather created ideal wildfire
    conditions. Nationwide, wildfires scorched over 1.3 million acres, the
    second most on record during June.
    A list of select June temperature and precipitation records can be found here.
    Climate Highlights — Year-to-Date (January-June)
    The January-June period
    was the warmest first half of any year on record for the contiguous
    United States. The national temperature of 52.9°F was 4.5°F above
    average. Most of the contiguous U.S. was record and near-record warm for the six-month period, except the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies were record warm and an additional 15 states were top ten warm.
    The first six months of 2012 were also drier than average for much of the contiguous U.S., with a nationally-averaged precipitation total 1.62 inches below average. Drier-than-average conditions stretched from the West, through the Central Plains, into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. Fourteen states in total had precipitation totals for the six-month period among their ten driest.
    Wetter-than-average conditions were present for the Northwest and Upper Midwest, where Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington had six-month precipitation totals among their ten wettest.
    The U.S. Climate Extremes Index (USCEI),
    an index that tracks the highest and lowest 10 percent of extremes in
    temperature, precipitation, drought and tropical cyclones across the
    contiguous U.S., was a record-large 44 percent during the January-June
    period, over twice the average value. Extremes in warm daytime
    temperatures (83 percent) and warm nighttime temperatures (70 percent)
    covered large areas of the nation, contributing to the record high
    Climate Highlights — 12-month period (July 2011-June 2012)
    The July 2011-June 2012 period
    was the warmest 12-month period of any 12-months on record for the
    contiguous U.S., narrowly surpassing the record broken last month for
    the June 2011-May 2012 period by 0.05°F. The nationally-averaged temperature of 56.0°F was 3.2°F above the long term average. Every state across the contiguous U.S. had warmer than average temperatures for the period, except Washington, which was near normal.

    • Katrina Fernandez

      Just because a poll was conducted showing a majority of people believe something to be true doesn’t make it so. There was a time when no one would argue the earth was not flat.  

  • Phil Thompson

    Good grief. Does no one understand what the “Roman-times-were-warmer” story actually means? Take a minute to digest the following:

    (1) Over the past several millennia earth has been in one of its cooling trends.
    (2) Therefore everyone agrees Roman times were warmer than modern times.
    (3) However, something abruptly interrupted the natural cooling trend in the 19th century.

    IF it can be shown Roman times were even warmer than we’d first thought, THEN.

    (4) Whatever it was that interrupted the cooling trend in the 19th century is more severe than we previously thought.

    Read around. Most articles will tell you this, though not quite as oversimplified as I’ve made it here.

    Crescat (and many of you) = not very bright.

  • Phil Thom

    I’ve made it Sean Hannity-level/kindergarten-friendly, but somehow still suspect many of you will fail to grasp the irony of climate change deniers trumpeting this story. But here goes, anyway:

    1.  Generally, over the past few millennia, Earth has been in one of its natural cooling trends.

    2. Thus, everyone has long agreed, ancient times were warmer than modern times.

    3. Another long-agreed-upon fact, however, is that something abruptly interrupted the millennia-long cooling trend in the 19th century.

    (Along comes this study with the magic words “Roman Times,” “Middle Ages,” and “Warmer.”  Cretins across the land rejoice at the magic words, yet…)

    4. If true, the magic words would prove that whatever interrupted the cooling trend in the 19th century is more severe than we previously thought.

    Climate change deniers with any sense would shut up and quickly change the subject.


  • Ricochet Life

    Man Made Global Warming is a plan to justify onerous regulation and
    taxation of energy to the stupid public. You know, the idiots that
    vote Democratic. All the while,, China will continue to increase the
    CO2 production at a rate that will offset any attainable reduction by
    the rest of the world. Now add India and South America, and any efforts
    by the West to strangle themselves with “”Green” policies will be
    futile, and devastating to our economic well being. In fact it has
    already started..