February 14, 2008 — budsimmons
It’s the sun, stupid
Harvard astrophysicist Dr. Sally Bulinas is the latest distinguished scientist to declare anthropogenic global warming theory wrong. The Tyler (TX) Morning Telegraph reports:
Dr. Sallie Baliunas shared her findings Tuesday at the University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.Dr. Baliunas’ work with fellow Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics astronomer Willie Soon suggests global warming is more directly related to solar variability than to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, an alternative view to what’s been widely publicized in the mainstream media.“Some people argue solar influence is large; some argue it is small. I’m somewhere in the middle,” she said during a press conference Thursday afternoon.Her research goes back to time periods when the amount of carbon emission was small enough that it wasn’t a major player.“If you go back far enough you eliminate some of your variables,” she said. “I’ve always been interested with the changes of the sun and how they impact the earth. I decided to look at a narrower time scale this time.”Baliunas asserts that increases and decreases in solar output led to historically warmer and cooler periods.Baliunas said concerns for world energy poverty should be more significant than worrying about something 100 years from now.
With all the institutional weight behind anthropogenic warmist fears, it takes courage for scientists to stand up and point out the increasingly obvious link between solar activity and climate.