Les Gernert’s comments on Casey Law’s letter was pejorative and I take great umbrage with his hubris regarding anyone who disagrees with the carbon model of climate change. The carbon model is not the only explanation with regard to climate change in the earth’s history.
Climate change has occurred since the end of the Ice Age, 11,700 years ago with the last great cooling period being the 400 years during the “Dark Ages.” A major cool period happened between 1645 and 1850. Known as the Little Ice Age it was the coldest period of the last 8,000 years. This cooling period correlates with what is known as the Great Solar Minima where the earth received significantly less solar radiation. There is solid science that shows that Great Solar Minima of variable length occur every 200 years or 20 percent of the last 10,000 years.
Atmospheric modeling with supercomputers can now show the sun’s effects on atmospheric-ocean interaction where small fluctuations of the 11-year solar cycle can produce the magnitude of observed climate signals. With the sun trending toward another major Solar Minima we need to stop all this petulant bickering about carbon modeling. The carbon model is not the only model to explain climate flux and has been inaccurate for the past 10 years and will be inaccurate for the next 10 years as the sun moves toward the minima cycle.
Galileo was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Inquisition because his telescope proved the Copernican theory that the earth was in orbit around the sun. Casey Law questioned the paradigms of the carbon-based global warming model.
In today’s political climate, it is a dangerous idea that anyone dare to question this model. But there is a growing group of scientists who, like Copernicus, are asking solar radiation questions that cannot be answered by the carbon model. Good for Casey, keep it up, because questioning a paradigm’s forces changes. Paradigms shifts occur when one is brave enough to ask questions that politically correct programs can’t answer.