Unearthing our Past, to Understand our Future

Let’s face it, when many people take a position on one issue or another, they often don’t put a lot of thought into it. Instead, we go with whoever sounds the best, ignited our emotions, happens to agree with our philosophy, worldview, or politics — these are the lazy reasons we employ in allowing others to buy our allegiance. Yes, we’re all busy, so much to do, but why take a stand without digging a little deeper? Why not pause, allow the emotions to calm, and think with the goal of finding the truth?

One topic that could use this wisdom are the debates on climate change. Is man causing the climate to change, or isn’t he? You know what I found? Most people — anointed experts included — leave out the overwhelming majority of climate data, yet try to convince us of their model. Let me explain.

Most climate evangelists usually talk about a few thousand years of climate history, say 10,000 years or so. How old is Earth? 4.5 billion years. Those 10,000 years don’t seem so long anymore. In fact, they are effectively irrelevant if you want to study Earth’s climate. So let’s go back further and see what directly preceded the human era.

The past 2.6 million years had seen the worst climate instability — until about 10,000 years ago. Every time the climate reached a certain high temperature threshold, the climate would plummet into an ice age (typically around 90,000 years long). Then the cycle repeated itself. At least until a catastrophe struck Earth 12,900 years ago:

A comet exploded over North America.

Mass extinctions, flooding from vaporized ice sheets on a scale we can barely imagine, flash frozen herds of mammoths, mankind nearly lost. Just as notable, this impact interrupted the rise in temperature that had been ending the last ice age. Instead, the world was thrown nearly instantly into a new ice age, and then something odd happened.

As the world slowly heated, it reached a stable, livable temperature, and then flatlined. Up to the current day, we have seen a period of climate stability unseen in millions of years. We should be in an ice age, but a catastrophe altered the world, allowing humans to achieve a future not previously possible.

Here we are, in the year 2020, and with this climate history in mind, here are some questions: Are the increases in world temperature due to human activity? Is it just the ongoing exit from the little blip a few centuries ago known as the Little Ice Age? Are we not even able to measure world temperature change with the resolution that is required? Or, are the geologic and solar forces reasserting themselves, and the old cycle is inevitably in our future?

If it is the latter — and it certainly could be if we don’t ignore all the data so many others do — can we stop it? Slow it? Or is a far worse destiny than a hot planet — a frigid one with cities scraped away by ice — an avoidable future?

I suppose, if you’re conspiratorial, maybe you’re thinking some elites know this and don’t want us to know. Perhaps we’ve watched too many disaster movies.

The point of this thought exercise is to show the climate change champions have missed the big picture. We are subliminally encouraged to think small, not question authority, and not step out if line.

We can choose to think bigger, test everything, and not allow our minds to be artificially engineered.

When the comes to climate change, the questions are far more complex, and their answers far more impactful to our future, then the vapid, “Are humans warming the Earth?”

Maybe we are, maybe we aren’t. And maybe Earth and the Solar System will do what they want to do, but last time, at just the right moment, in defiance of mathematical probabilities, those forces conspired to give humans a window of opportunity.

Don’t let that window close.

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For one of the rare,  complete histories of the climate, without the agendas so many bring, and what the future may hold, check out astronomer Hugh Ross’ new book, Weathering Climate Change. It will certainly give you much more to think about than the talking heads on television and Facebook drive-by memes.

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