Extremely Low Solar Activity: Could Affect Climate, Destroy Corporations
by Ann Hendon
THE SUN is currently experiencing its weakest solar cycle in over a century, according to the latest data from scientists. Not only could this tip the temperature balance and lead to a cold period — even possibly a new Ice Age — but it could severely impact corporations and businesses who made huge bets based on the belief that temperatures were rising. Were these businesses scammed by monopolistic elites who well knew that global warming was nonexistent, or just a blip in the larger picture? (ILLUSTRATION: Imagery showing solar activity; courtesy of NASA)
Paul Dorian writes for Vencore Weather:
The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky – has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century. For the past 5 days, solar activity has been very low and one measure of solar activity – its X-ray output – has basically flatlined in recent days… Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots. We are currently more than six years into Solar Cycle 24 and today the sun is virtually spotless despite the fact that we are still in what is considered to be its solar maximum phase. Solar cycle 24 began after an unusually deep solar minimum that lasted from 2007 to 2009 which included more spotless days on the sun compared to any minimum in almost a century…
Consequences of a weak solar cycle: …the weak solar cycle has resulted in rather benign “space weather” in recent times with generally weaker-than-normal geomagnetic storms. By all Earth-based measures of geomagnetic and geoeffective solar activity, this cycle has been extremely quiet. However, while a weak solar cycle does suggest strong solar storms will occur less often than during stronger and more active cycles, it does not rule them out entirely… In addition, there is some evidence that most large events such as strong solar flares and significant geomagnetic storms tend to occur in the declining phase of the solar cycle. In other words, there is still a chance for significant solar activity in the months and years ahead…
Finally, if history is a guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a negative impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom-most layer of Earth’s atmosphere — and where we all live. There have been two notable historical periods with decades-long episodes of low solar activity. The first period is known as the “Maunder Minimum”, named after the solar astronomer Edward Maunder, and it lasted from around 1645 to 1715. The second one is referred to as the “Dalton Minimum”, named for the English meteorologist John Dalton, and it lasted from about 1790 to 1830. Both of these historical periods coincided with below-normal global temperatures in an era now referred to by many as the “Little Ice Age”. In addition, research studies in just the past couple of decades have found a complicated relationship between solar activity, cosmic rays, and clouds on Earth. This research suggests that in times of low solar activity where solar winds are typically weak; more cosmic rays reach the Earth’s atmosphere which, in turn, has been found to lead to an increase in certain types of clouds that can act to cool the Earth.
Outlook: The increasingly likely outcome for another historically weak solar cycle continues the recent downward trend in sunspot cycle strength that began over twenty years ago during solar cycle 22. If this trend continues for the next couple of cycles, then there would likely be more talk of another “grand minimum” for the sun. Some solar scientists are already predicting that the next solar cycle, #25, will be even weaker than this current one. However, it is just too early for high confidence in those predictions since some solar scientists believe that the best predictor of future solar cycle strength involves activity at the sun’s poles during a solar minimum and the next solar minimum is still likely several years away.
An Ice Age can happen very quickly; possibly in a few decades. If the snow cover were to melt a week or two later than average one year, it would mean that for those extra weeks an inordinate amount of sunlight would be reflected back to outer space – further lowering that year’s mean temperature. This would mean an even later melting of the snow cover the next Winter.
Eventually a tipping point would be reached, wherein virtually no snow is being melted, not by May, then not by June, then not by November — and then, guess what? — we are in an Ice Age. Geologists have stated that, given the right conditions, this could happen in the space of twenty years. And a “Mount St. Helens” or two could put enough sun-reflecting material in the atmosphere to cause — or accelerate — the same effect.
The fact that the sun has been “quiet” lately has been known for a while by the Powers That Be. Could that be the reason why the whole “carbon credits” scheme came into existence?
Naive rich people, who knew they were polluting on some level with their companies, were fooled by even richer and smarter people (National Vanguard readers should know who we’re talking about here) into buying “credits” which supposedly would rise in value as the Earth’s temperature rose in the future.
They were sold on the idea that they could make money on these “credits,” or “licenses to pollute” if you will, as they slowly “greened up” their own operations, using the money from these credits’ increased value, or using their own money and saving the credits for a bigger “payday” down the road.
Problem is, the real Powers That Be knew these credits would not be going up in value.
Much like Goldman Sachs shorting (betting the value would be going down) the very mortgage-backed securities they sold as “safe investments” to pension funds who were long (expecting the value to go up), the people behind “carbon credits” — of which Goldman Sachs was one — knew long-term that they would be a bust. But they could collect fees along the way, both on the front and the back end.
In essence, what they did was like writing naked calls on a company you knew, from inside information, was about to go bankrupt — but yet was perceived by all others to be a solid company and held in esteem in the public mind. A no-brainer, really: Collect the premium for an option you know is going to expire worthless, along with transaction/brokerage fees and go on down the road.
Even though Al Gore and his ilk are still clinging to this scam, the Chicago Climate Exchange, CCX, dissolved a few years back hopefully not to return. But scams like this have a way of returning with a different twist, particularly when the Tribe are involved.
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Alan Kidd and Guiseppe Furioso contributed to this report.