Edition 141-September 1, 2016
What is really causing Planet Earth to warm?
By Thomas Terrio

As a onetime sunbather, I spent many sunny days on the beaches in the Southern and Northern hemispheres of the Americas, from Wildwood, New Jersey to Cartagena, Columbia, enjoying the benefits of sun, sand, and Vitamin D. Approximately 15 years ago, I began to notice the sun had become much hotter than normal. My pale white skin would burn more quickly; and even as an avid sunbather, could not stand to sit in direct sunlight for more than 15 minutes at a time, as opposed to the hour or so I was accustomed to.

Because of this personal experience, I stopped sunbathing well over ten years ago; and under the guidance of my optometrist, began to consistently wear polarized sunglasses when outdoors, even on cloudy days to avoid harm to my eyes, such as cataracts.

I must admit, the idea of Global Warming solely caused by human beings has always been something I never truly believed in. I was always skeptical about claims by scientists who said the Earth was warming solely because of anthroprogenic gases. After all, how could 150 years of human industrialized revolution ever compete with 4.5 billion years of solar activity related to the sun?

Even though humanity is contributing somewhat with carbon emissions, I can see the moneymaking opportunity this presents to local governments and corporations in taking advantage of such a scenario, by introducing a carbon tax or green themes for their products. Remember, these are the same people who believe in free trade as a moneymaking opportunity, like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

solar flare with earth at scaleA 2010 Solar Flare with Planet Earth at scale. Image: NASA

In the late 1980’s the idea of “Free trade” became the perfect solution to world poverty and new markets for capitalists all at the same time. The capitalists thought how much money they could make off cheap labour in third world countries, mostly China and Mexico. Meanwhile, the socialists and environmentalists thought, what a great idea to help the poorer countries lift themselves out of poverty by spreading the wealth of richer nations. But the reality is: free trade isn’t free, and the cost to the West was a tremendous loss of jobs, job security, pension plans, and even housing, specifically in the inner cities of America.

This global shift has taken its toll on local economies with the introduction of a carbon tax, which, in some jurisdictions, has raised the cost of all goods and utilities shipped, trucked, or pipelined across the land. Here in British Columbia, Canada, taxpayers are still waiting for their cheques from the provincial government’s so-called “revenue neutral” carbon tax implemented in 2008. But let’s not wander too far from the falsehood of Global Warming without scientific proof.

Indeed, Solar Warming not Global Warming may be what we are now experiencing. According to information acquired by Google, the sun is 300 degrees hotter and almost six percent larger in radius than it was when first born and "will continue to increase in temperature, luminosity and radius, at about the same rate for another five billion years."

Here we have a statement from a leading corporation which bases its very existence on accurate information that the sun is growing hotter as we speak. This affects the entire solar system, not just planet Earth. NASA has confirmed Venus, Mars, and every other planet in our solar system such as distant Pluto are warming along with Earth. How can one explain this fact without involving the sun’s influence?

According to a study mentioned in Space News by Dr. Michael Lockwood from Lockwood Rutherford Appleton National Laboratories in 2015, “The sun’s magnetic field has increased by 230 percent within the last 100 years. The energetic changes in the sun radiate outward though solar wind, thereby increasing the charge of interstellar space.” What’s even more disconcerting is the idea our solar system has meandered into an area of the Milky Way galaxy with high energy. We are learning areas of high energy in the galaxy vary with respect to intensity.

Furthermore, the sudden rise in galactic stardust from the sun is another reason for concern. Ulysses, a space probe launched in 1990 has been monitoring the amount of stardust flowing through the solar system. In 2010, NASA launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The “Observatory is the first mission to be launched for NASA's Living With a Star Program, a program designed to understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. SDO is designed to help us understand the sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.”

In other words, there is more to Global Warming than is being reported in the mainstream media. Without a doubt, there is much we don’t know about how the sun drives the climate on Earth; yet we do know, without the sun all life on Earth would perish. Paradoxically, since 1982 the increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has caused a significant increase in green plant life on the planet. Green plant life, specifically trees, do a very good job of converting CO2 to oxygen.

In comparison, well-known Russian astrophysicist and supervisor of the Astrometria Project of the Russian section of the International Space Station, Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov, believes planet Earth is not warming, but is instead heading towards a Little Ice Age within the next 30 years due to the sun’s grand minimum of solar irradiance. A Little Ice Age of cooler temperatures, although not an Ice Age as such, would rejuvenate interest in and the use of fossil fuels, as opposed to what environmentalists are proposing today, with the idea of keeping all fossil fuels in the ground.

Much remains to be seen, but I will tell you what the governments and green corporations of the world are failing to admit: And that is, a carbon tax cannot stop Climate Change, neither will carbon sequestration or carbon trading. And whether or not we are heading for a Little Ice Age or a warmer planet is irrelevant; humanity must find a way to adapt to either extreme, or risk vanishing from the cosmos. But first we need to know the truth―what is really causing Planet Earth to warm?

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