[The title of this post is sarcasm in case you missed it.]
I’ve said on this blog before that the largest influence on the global climate isn’t CO2 or errant computer modelers, it’s the sun. Duh. That seems so obvious that only well-compensated, politically-motivated charlatans could miss it. It will be even harder to deny now.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN, conducted a detailed study of the affect of cosmic rays and solar radiation on cloud formation. These are the folks who built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider to explore the very nature of matter, not fringe rogues. Now these scientists have built a test chamber to explore the influence of cosmic rays and solar radiation on cloud formation in the atmosphere.
According to Lawrence Solomon of the Financial Post:
In this chamber, 63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have done what global warming doomsayers said could never be done — demonstrate that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, the cloudier and thus cooler it will be. Because the sun’s magnetic field controls how many cosmic rays reach Earth’s atmosphere (the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays from space), the sun determines the temperature on Earth.
Sounds like pretty definitive results. The Telegraph has a nice article on this as well. Anthony Watts tallies some of the mainstream scientific reaction to the results. Of course, many other factors affect the global climate, of which most we have little understanding. Yet any model that doesn’t give dominance to the sun’s activities doesn’t yield useful results. That would describe almost all of the pro-AGW models.
Solomon goes on to document the efforts of the climate doomsayers first to prevent this research from happening at all, and then to try to discredit it. The article makes a great read that again reminds us of the universal, historical truth that science has never been and is not now devoid of political influence. There’s big money and heady socialist agendas to be defended by the doomsayers.
Not that this is the only nail in the anthropic global warming (AGW) myth’s coffin. Dr. Roy Spenser and Dr. William Braswell documented the flaws in the temperature data used to generate Al Gore’s fraudulent hockey stick graph. The “settled science” argument used by the political hacks is as big a myth as AGW itself.
Here’s another thought. CERN’s experimental results may be related to the findings that powerful lasers may be used as rainmakers. The physics of high levels of energy creating a basis for cloud formation seems closely related between the two experiments. The studies of laser-assisted water condensation could have practical benefits to drought-stricken regions of our planet. All AGW proponents can do is destroy global wealth and make the poor poorer.
CERN’s research and resultant paper demolishes the doom-sayers’ myth that human activity has a significant effect on the global climate. It opens the door to real climate research based on the solar cycles and activities. Let’s be thankful for dedicated scientists who can’t be bought or intimidated with Al Gore’s absurdly racist accusations.