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February 9, 2014

ED VASICEK: Ice Age or global warming?

Theories are subject to wait-and-see test

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Let’s move on to something more theoretical. Consider the possibility global temperatures are mainly affected by the sun. That does not seem too bizarre an idea, does it? At least one scientist has suggested this obvious correlation. According to a post at Red Ice Creations in 2010, “All data points to the sun as the primary source of short-term and long-term climate change on Earth ... The first inkling that something had changed with the sun was the recognition of an abnormal sunspot cycle. Then, astronomers noted that all the planets were heating up — even little Pluto on the outskirts of our solar system.

“While climatologists on Earth massaged the data to make it seem like man-made global warming was real, major climate changes were occurring on Mars.

“Habibullo Abdussamatov, an astrophysicist and head of space research at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, stated ... ‘The long-term increase in solar irradiance is heating both Earth and Mars.’ The scientist, accurate in past predictions, has recently pronounced his belief that Earth will enter a ‘little Ice Age’ as early as 2014 and lasting as long as two centuries. The last one occurred between 1650 and 1850 and accounted for many crop failures, outbreaks of famines and mass migrations.”

World Net Daily documents that his work appeared before Congress when it was debating global warming, and National Geographic published his perspective in 2007. This year, it seems, people are taking note. Are we entering a cool-down, or is this just a statistical freak?

All our theories are subject to the “wait and see” test. We really do not know. If Abdussamatov is correct, however, we will need to teach our Hoosier neighbors to wear hats, cover their ears, and trade in their wimpy jackets for real coats!

Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at edvasicek@gmail.com.

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