The Galileo of Global Warming

Russ Steele

Robert Tracinski, writes at Real Clear Politics, and The Intellectual Activist blog, about a modern day Galileo,  Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark.

I have written about Svensmark’ theory that the sun and cosmic rays are a major factor is regulating the earth climate before, but it is time once again to review Svensmark’s theory and growing influence.

His theory apparently had some influence on the founding father of Germany’s environmentalist movement, Professor Fritz Vahrenholt, who was recently converted into a global warming skeptic.  He has written his views in a new book the THE CO2 LIES, that is causing great concern among the CO2 warmers.  Lots of details HERE.

You will  find the full Real Clear Politics article HERE, a recommended read.  This is Tracinski’s conclusion:

The discoveries of the Galileo of global warming—to appreciate the irony, call Svensmark’s view the heliocentric theory—is out there, the evidence for it is building, and that fact can no longer be hidden or ignored. If more brutal methods of suppression couldn’t stop the truths spoken by Galileo, today’s soft suppression of science isn’t going to work, either. 

H/T to Power Line Blog for alerting me to this story.


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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to The Galileo of Global Warming

  1. Greg Goodknight says:

    I’ve been singing Svensmark’s praises for a month short of 5 years, as it was about a month after his Cosmoclimatology paper was published in Astronomy & Geophysics (Feb 2007) that I found it.

    http://www.space.dtu.dk/upload/institutter/space/forskning/05_afdelinger/sun-climate/full_text_publications/svensmark_2007cosmoclimatology.pdf

    My “aha!” moment in the world of AGW was coming across that article’s Figure 8, derived from the work of Shaviv (the astrophysicist) and Veizer (the geochemist) who discovered their independent work showing the orbit of our solar system about our galaxy varied the bombardment of the Earth by galactic cosmic rays (creating carbon 14 in the upper atmosphere), and that carbon 14 signature varied with the
    temperature of the oceans (determined by Veizer’s study of oxygen isotope ratios in seashells) matching all the hot epochs with few GCR, and all the freezing cold epochs with many GCR.

    Shaviv & Veizer didn’t have a clue what the mechanism of the link could be, but it was obvious the GCR had to be driving the climate, and not the other way around, and the title of their 2003 paper was, aptly, “Celestial driver of phanerozoic climate?”. Svensmark was the one who put it all together in one place.

    For me, March 2007 was the moment in time that I *knew* there was a major piece of the puzzle that was not known when the IPCC’s work to sound the CO2 alarm began sounding, and that IPCC partisans were actively trying to bury since at least 1991 when Svensmark’s colleague in the Danish National Space Center, Eigil Friis-Christensen, first published a correlation between world temperatures and the lengths of solar cycles in 1991.

    It’s coming together for most everyone now, but it’s a shame it took nature to begin reversing itself for the tide to turn. The IPCC was very close to doing to the world what the California legislature is continuing to do to this state with AB32.

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