Regarding the latest political fad Climate Change, it would appear new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is fully aboard the anthropogenic global warming train — toot! toot! Yet behind the ministerial ‘as-many-things to as-many-people’ facade, Johnson’s personally held beliefs would suggest the ‘polar’ opposite is true.
Since being appointed Foreign Secretary in July 2016, Johnson’s public utterances on Global Warming have predictably tracked that of the conservative party line; he was publicly critical of Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement in 2017, and has repeatedly indicated that Climate Change is something he takes “extremely seriously”.
But preceding his time in government, back when expressed views could be his own, Johnson has long-sided with “great physicist and meteorologist Piers Corbyn” — brother of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Writing in the Telegraph as recently as Dec 20, 2015, then Major of London Johnson appeared to endorse Piers’ long-range climate forecasts in which he claims that a cyclic return to global cooling is due:
“In the view of Piers, it is all about sunspots, and he is on record as believing that we are now due for a new ‘Maunder Minimum’ — like the famous cold spell in the 17th century, when the Thames froze several times.
“I am speaking only as a layman who observes that there is plenty of snow in our winters these days, and who wonders whether it might be time for government to start taking seriously the possibility — however remote — that [Piers] Corbyn is right.”
And in a 2013 Telegraph opinion column, Johnson wrote:
“As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands — when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball around which we revolve.
““The Sun is god!” cried JMW Turner as he died, and plenty of other people have thought there was much in his analysis. The Aztecs agreed, and so did the pharaohs of Egypt. We are an arrogant lot these days, and we tend to underestimate the importance of our governor and creator.”
And as recently as this month, when speaking on talkRADIO, Piers Corbyn indicated that Boris Johnson still “agrees with me on climate change”.
Here Britain has a man in power whose eyes are open to what many scientists are calling the real climate crisis of our generation — a prolonged period of global cooling associated with low solar activity.
And given the likes of Extinction Rebellion’s complete, utter and often embarrassing failure to convey a succinct AGW message, perhaps the palpable shifting of public sentiment on the issue will one day lead Johnson to declare (natural) global warming over and instead have Piers Corbyn’s global cooling forecasts drive political policy.
Stranger things have happened.
Some of the Science
Scientists have long-understood that studying the jet stream is key to understanding weather, but to properly study the jet stream attention must turn to the sun — something not so widely perceived.
Low solar activity disrupts that band of meandering air flowing some 6 miles above our heads, reverting its usual tight Zonal flow to a weak Meridional one. This wavy flow diverts cold Arctic air to the lower-latitudes —where us humans reside— and shifts warm Tropical air north:
Note the hysteria regarding the anomalous warmth over Greenland this summer.
Well, Greenland’s cold temperatures didn’t up and vanish, they didn’t escape Earth’s atmosphere and leak into space — they were simply diverted south by a wavy jet stream.
It is THIS mechanism which fully explains the far-northern-latitudes experiencing pockets of anomalous heat of late, and conversely the lower-latitudes suffering record-breaking cold:
We’ve known the basics for decades —as the below article from 1975’s Science Mag would indicate— but as they clash with the modern politicized AGW agenda, they’ve conveniently been left behind:
Observations reveal the lower-latitudes are now COOLING, and cooling fast.
The Arctic may-well be warming (slightly) but quite frankly, who cares; no one lives up there, and as NASA succinctly identifies in their Maunder Minimum Temperature Reconstruction Map (below) — some regions of the planet actually warm during periods of global cooling. The Arctic is one such region. Southern Greenland and Alaska are others.
And for those losing sleep over a little Arctic melt, don’t be so gullible.
At least 90% of the planet’s ice is safely locked up in Antarctica which has been growing steadily for as long as we can tell, comfortably offsetting the comparatively tiny losses observed in the Arctic.
Earth’s climate is cyclic, never linear — driven mainly by the sun.
And history is repeating.
Global Average Temperatures are trending colder, even as the far-northern-latitudes trend a little warmer.
Don’t be fooled by political ideology.
The cold times are returning in line with historically low solar activity:
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift