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The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was the worst drought in US history
A primary tenet of global warming alarmism is invalidated.

A recurring theme in my past columns is that a moderate degree of global warming is likely to be beneficial to mankind. Al Gore, on the other hand, says climate change is already causing catastrophic results. In testimony before Congress last March, he stated, "droughts are [already] becoming longer and more intense". But the findings of a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers say otherwise.

The scientists, led by Gemma Narisma, examined 100 years of global rainfall data. Using sophisticated wavelet analysis methods, they identified 30 cases of severe droughts lasting 10 or more years. The results showed the number of droughts dropping sharply over time. From 1900-1920, seven droughts, another seven from from 1920-1940, and eight from 1940-1960. But after that, the picture changes. In the period 1960-1980, only five droughts were recorded, and from 1980-2000 (the warmest period of all), only three occurred. Furthermore, of the most severe droughts, none began in the last 30 years..

The researchers found another surprising result. Changes in rainfall levels are not only much more common than previously thought, but they tend to occur in a very abrupt, unexplained manner. More proof that climate change is part of nature.

The work represents the first systematic survey of abrupt climate changes that have occurred in recent history. Professor Johnathan Foley, who also participated in the research, says the study is important, "because previous work largely focused on ancient climates or theoretical changes in future climates".

The findings are published in Geophysical Research Letters.

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Environmentalism, the new religion
By porkpie on 9/12/2007 10:33:54 AM , Rating: 2
Environmentalism is the religion of choice for urban atheists...If you look carefully, you see that it is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.

There's an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there's a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all.

We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.
- Michael Crichton

RE: Environmentalism, the new religion
By Moishe on 9/12/2007 11:22:08 AM , Rating: 2
The more extreme environmental groups around do certainly have the appearance of being religious. And some are not peaceful religions, but are radical and militant.

RE: Environmentalism, the new religion
By Murst on 9/12/2007 11:44:24 AM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't "extreme environmental groups" be "radical and militant" by definition? :)

Ironically, the first thing I thought of when trying to think of the opposite extreme was the Bush administration. Religious, radical, militant, yet their policy is not very environment-friendly.

In any case, I think its some other agenda that's pushing everything. I'll never buy the argument that you need to kill people to save people (same thing can be said for bombing abortion clinics).

RE: Environmentalism, the new religion
By Schrag4 on 9/12/2007 12:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
"I'll never buy the argument that you need to kill people to save people..."

Wow, are you really so dense that you can't even come up with a single hypothetical situation? What if some monster, let's call him 'Hitler', just a hypothetical of course, was actually succeeding at wiping out an entire race? Couldn't you kill him and a few hundred thousand of his goons to save millions?

Ok, in all seriousness, a real hypothetical. What if you had a hostage situation where the hostage taker was killing a hostage every hour and he had already killed 2 of them after 2 hours? And he had no apparent demands? I can't think of a simpler situation where it's obvious that ending his life would indeed save many others. Of course you can try non-lethal means of stopping him, but that's not always an option that leads to the least loss of life.

Seriously, Murst, making such sweeping generalized statements really makes you sound either dumb or at least extremely political (in other words deceitful).

By Murst on 9/12/2007 3:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
You're right. I should not have phrased my statement as such. I will completely agree that if someone is threatening the right to life of another being, they can be killed (however, I will disagree that they should be killed after the fact - no death penalty)

My statement was meant more in terms of ideology such as environmental issues, abortion, etc.

By dever on 9/12/2007 2:12:11 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't "extreme environmental groups" be "radical and militant" by definition?
Radical maybe, militant no. Are "Extreme Pacifists" militant by definition? What about "Extreme Mediators?" "Extreme Agnotstics?" "Extremely Dumb Posters?"

By Ringold on 9/12/2007 2:14:34 PM , Rating: 2
So what does a liberal Reformation look like?

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