Global Warming & Solar Activity

I stumbled upon an interesting blog article concerning trends of solar activity. I found it interesting — your mileage may vary — as I like to ponder deep thoughts of a scientific nature from time to time. Usually, I crack open physics texts or partake in some engineering problem-solving, but it’s one of those things that keeps me going. The author raises an interesting hypothesis stating that the sun has more to do with long-term temperature and climate changes of the Earth than any other factor. Certainly it’s not humans. While we definitely contribute, there is no possible way that it is any where near the amount that the politicians and fear-mongers say it is; and the sun is a huge driving force of most other things in our solar system. If it wasn’t the exact size it is, life would not be possible and we wouldn’t have nine planets and a bunch of micro-planets or however the scientific community is referring to them these days. It just makes sense, which is more than I can say about Al Gore and the rest of his cronies.
On a related tangent, one of my largest pet peeves is the need of everyone in the “green” movement to point the finger at humans, when there is no evidence to back up the claim that we make all that much of a difference. It’s rather egotistical to say that, and to force people to drastically alter their lives because of some false pretense. Now, that’s not to say that I dislike hybrids and the like. Really, I’m all about better efficiency, technological innovation, and making as small an impact as is practical, but there comes a point when logic should step in and say “Hey, cut this out!” But maybe it’s just me.
As a final note, make sure you read the comments, if you are of a similar scientific bent. There is some really interesting stuff, including some theoretical physicists discussing their own thoughts, but then again, theoretical physics isn’t everybody’s cup of tea.

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