Will the sun get us off the global warming hook?

I read this article from National Geographic with a sigh. If the sun enters a grand minimum, a period of unusually low solar activity, we might not get a global cooling, due to the already warming effects that are present. Unlike the last Maunder Minimum, between 1645 and 1715, which coincided with the coldest spell of the Little Ice Age, when European canals regularly froze solid and Alpine glaciers encroached on mountain villages, it is expected that the global warming will prevent a Little Ice Age. However, maybe the effects will mitigate some of the global warming expected this century. Well, that’s good eh? Yeh, if you want an excuse to continue to belch pollution all over the planet, severely interfering with the respiratory systems and food chains of every organic population, including humans. Yes, if we want an excuse to just carry on cutting the throats of our unborn grandchildren, then let’s crack out the bubbly and give ourselves a pay rise. We are such morons.

*From Umberto Eco’s Focault’s Pendulum: Morons never do the wrong thing. They get their reasoning wrong. Morons occasionally say something that’s right, but they say it for the wrong reason. Morons are tricky. Plenty of moron’s books are published, because they’re convincing at first glance.


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