Recently, President Trump signed an executive order to
rescind many of the previous administration’s global warming policies. The order was designed in part to roll back
regulatory incursions on the energy industry to increase domestic production
and make America energy-independent again.
He also withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate
Accord arguing that doing so will juice the American economy to the tune of
$2.5 trillion over ten years.
Given the continuing revelations of how the Obama
administration promoted its climate change agenda by misrepresenting scientific
data, these were probably not bad moves by Trump.
But the left continues to shriek about the end of the
world as we know it, as they ignore all the inconvenient facts.
For example, the global warming pundits’ computer
models predicted an increase of 0.2-degree/decade for the early 21st
century while the reality has been closer to 0.05-degree (in other words, no
warming, as that number is within the margin of error).
And while the warming fanatics rant that carbon
emissions are causing rising temperatures, the fact is that 40 percent of the
temperature increase since 1900 happened between 1910 and 1945, a period
producing only 10 percent of the increased carbon emissions.
Even more interesting is the weaselly warmers’ absence
of historical perspective. For their
message to garner a hearing means that most people don’t know their history.
Climate change isn’t new. The Earth’s weather has always been
changing. To believe that warming today
results from man’s feeble activities, one must disregard the historical record.
Temperatures have fluctuated wildly over historical
time, even before men were driving pick-up trucks. Past episodes of climate change have resulted
in migrations, crop failures, mass hunger, wars and witch hunts.
Yes, David Bressen in his article “Medieval Witch Hunts Influenced by
Climate Change,” https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/history-of-geology/medieval-witch-hunts-influenced-by-climate-change/,
describes instances of witches being blamed for the “Little Ice Age” in the
late 15th century.
He quotes Bavarian and Swiss chronicles: "1445, in this year was a very strong
hail and wind, as never seen before, and it did great damage, [...] and so many
women, which it's said to have made the hail and the wind, were burned
according to the law."
"Anno 1626 the 27th of May, all the vineyards were
totally destroyed by frost […], the same with the precious grain which had
already flourished.[…] Everything froze, [something] which had not happened as
long as one could remember, causing a big rise in price.[…] As a result,
pleading and begging began among the peasants, [who] questioned why the
authorities continued to tolerate the witches and sorcerers destruction of the
crops. Thus the prince-bishop punished these crimes, and the persecution began
in this year..."
Christian Pfister, in the Medieval History Journal, http://ergotism.info/en/climate_extremes_witch_hunts.pdf,
discusses how “In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries,
continental Europe north of the Alps was
afflicted by a
13-year cycle of
frequent cold and rainy summers which was the result of a
series of volcanic explosions in the tropics. The inclement weather led to
recurrent subsistence crises and to multiple floods in the Alps following from
extensive glacier advances.”
Just as present-day warmers blame drivers of SUVs and
coal-burning power plants for climate change, people 500 years ago had their
According to Pfister, “Hardly any
of the [prince-]archbishops governed
their diocese with
such hardship, such sorrows
and such extreme
difficulties as Johannes [Prince-Archbishop Johannes
VII von Schönenberg, reigned 1581-99].
During the whole period he had to endure a continuous lack of grain, the
rigours of climate and crop failure with his subjects. Only two of the nineteen
years [from 1581 to 1599]
were fertile, the
years 1584 and
1590 [...]. Since
everybody thought that the
continuous crop failure
[emphasis by C.P.]
was caused by witches of devilish hate, the whole country stood up for
However, historical chronicles do not document witch
hunts during the earlier Medieval Warming Period (MWP).
“In fact, it is frequently pointed out that the MWP
was a prosperous time in European history. The interval was concurrent with
Norse explorations of the New World, the founding of Norse settlements in
Iceland and Greenland and increased agricultural productivity and crop
diversity in northern Europe. Some paleoclimatologists and historians claim
that the pleasant conditions of the MWP allowed the settlements in Iceland and
Greenland to prosper and Norse explorers to venture to the coasts of Labrador
and Newfoundland to hunt and fish. They interpret records of bountiful harvests
over much of Europe to mean that the region benefited from a series of extended
summers and mild winters. As proof of warmer average temperatures in northern
Europe, they cite the existence of wheat cultivation and vineyards at latitudes
and elevations that were far higher than today.” (https://www.britannica.com/science/medieval-warm-period)
Times of warming bring more plant growth, think food,
more salubrious conditions resulting in better health and less early death and
consequent general biological and economic well-being.
Consequently, no witch hunts.
But while witches may feel safe today, those who
champion the use of the ultimate solar energy - captured, concentrated,
transportable and ready to use - fossil fuels, are maligned, chased from
academia, persecuted and hounded from the public square for daring to challenge
the prevailing politically correct ideas of the day.
Rather than worry about the wily warmers though, we
just might be better served to be afraid of the Creator of the Earth and its
weather. He who has promised us
blessings in Leviticus 26: “‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey
my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its
crops and the trees their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape
harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat
all the food you want and live in safety in your land.”
Or, curses in Deuteronomy 28: “…if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of
the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which
I command thee…The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from
heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.”