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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Before Global Warming There Was Global Cooling; Before Global Cooling There Was...Global Warming!

Inside the Beltway
John McCaslin
August 14, 2007

Library of Congress Marcus Aurelius' remark that "The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane" was quoted by a British scientist skeptical of global-warming nostrums.

Before Gore

D.C. resident John Lockwood was conducting research at the Library of Congress and came across an intriguing Page 2 headline in the Nov. 2, 1922 edition of The Washington Post: "Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish and Icebergs Melt."

The 1922 article, obtained by Inside the Beltway, goes on to mention "great masses of ice have now been replaced by moraines of earth and stones," and "at many points well-known glaciers have entirely disappeared."

"This was one of several such articles I have found at the Library of Congress for the 1920s and 1930s," says Mr. Lockwood. "I had read of the just-released NASA estimates, that four of the 10 hottest years in the U.S. were actually in the 1930s, with 1934 the hottest of all."


Blogger Phelonius said...

You know, every time I have brought up the "dust bowl" I have been shot down because it was considered a "local phenomena."

Vieleicht it was not so local.

At any rate, I just got through with two quite interesting articles, and both are about global warming and the consequences.



On the one hand, GW (global warming..not George Bush....but that seems to make little difference sometimes) brings a saltier Atlantic, and on the other it is responsible for a less-salty Atlantic.

The science is finished....indeed?

5:30 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Damn it is lonely in here....(shivering)

And there is a cold breeze blowing through....

5:49 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

At least it isn't too warm in here.


Hey, John, you out there??

7:00 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

James, I went to one of your articles that you included and read in it that saltier waters help curtail the effects of global warming and at the same time cause global warming.

Looks like it is a self correcting problem or an endless cycle.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

I really have few doubts that what we are witnessing is another part of a very long cycle of transitions from warmer periods to cooler periods. MY master's thesis focused on a period of time in Europe when the average temperatures were several degrees warmer than what it is even now. The warm period there brought about a great deal of prosperity and quite a population jump because it was easier to raise crops of various kinds. That ended at the onset of the 'Little Ice Age' (which came along about the same time as the black plague).

Greenland was green and settled by northern Europeans, while Russia, Sweden and Finland expanded. It was so warm that vineyards grew all over England as far north as York. It is currently too cold for vineyards there now, and the little ice age brought about disasterous conflicts in northern Europe when the Baltic began freezing up for long periods of time and the crops quit growing so well. Greenland had to be abandoned, and Iceland struggled to maintain its population.

The current warming trend started in the late 1800's when the Little Ice Age ended, and most of the temperature increase occurred, so far, before 1940. At the end of WWII, there was a 20 year cooling trend that offset that and alarmed a lot of people, but it soon re-started. We are not, however, even as warm as the medieval warm period was at this point.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

I hate it when I accidentally capitalize the "Y" when I type out the word "my."

It makes it look like I am emphasizing "MY" when really what is happening is that I am a spaz and cannot type very well.....

11:01 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I read or watched something about the medieval warming in Europe. It was one of the reasons for the way they built their cathedrals with the very tall ceilings to allow the heat to rise and allow for some cooling below.

Imagine trying to heat them with their technology back then.

10:05 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hi. Sorry...tied up over here...bbl...

1:02 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Take a gander at this.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

I have to tell you, as an historian and as someone that has more than a few collegiate classes on physics, this stuff should not be all that controversial.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Here is a better way of linking to that url that Phelonius gave. I had seen this before. It speaks for itself.

The Great Global Warming Swindle

10:22 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...




4:55 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hey guys. Yeah, I've seen that.

Beautiful September weather over here in DC/VA. Plesant during the day, cool at night.

Typical for the last two decades.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Our weather has been rather typical here as well.

Oh, one funny note: when I was living in Virginia nearly 20 years ago everyone told me that the weather wasn't typical. It was either colder than usual or warmer than usual...depending on what part of the State I was in.

6:27 AM  

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