Temperatures were warmer than today for most of the past 10,000 years

25 May 10 – The revamped cap-and-trade (control-and-tax) bill that Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) are trying to foist on the American public is predicated on a flat-out lie.

The control-and-tax proponents would have you believe that our planet has been enduring unprecedented global warming (now coyly referred to as “climate change”), but the facts do not bear that out. Facts. Oh, those damnable facts.

Look at this chart.

Easterbrook - Natural global warming

Created by Cuffy and Clow in 1997, and based on Greenland ice core records, this chart shows global temperatures for the past 15,000 years.

You’ll see that today’s benign climate is not even close to being the warmest on record.

Not even close.

Temperatures have been warmer than today for almost all of the past 10,000 years.

In fact, if the chart went further back, you’d see that temperatures have been warmer than today for most of geologic history.

I sat just ten feet from Dr. Don Easterbrook, Professor of Geology at Western Washington University as he presented this chart, along with several of his own, at the Heartland Institute’s 4th International Conference on Climate Change in Chicago last week.

“Natural global warming much more intense than modern warming has occurred many times in the geologic past without CO2 change,” said Easterbrook.

The changes occurred rapidly, without any help from humans

“Fifteen thousand years ago, temperatures rose 10 to 20 degrees in just one century,” said Easterbrook.

About 12,800 years ago we plunged into the Younger Dryas, said Easterbrook. When we came out of the Younger Dryas, temperatures again shot upward, rising 15 degrees in just 40 years. Then, from about 10,000 years ago to 3,000 years ago, temperatures were warmer than today.

Forget human influence, said Easterbrook. Cooling and warming are both natural.

“Numerous, abrupt, short-lived warming and cooling episodes much more intense than recent warming/cooling occurred during the late Pleistocene, none of which could have been caused by changes in atmospheric CO2,” said Easterbrook.

“Twice as many people are killed by extreme cold than by extreme heat,” Easterbrook warned.

So let me ask you this.

Do we really want to pass a control-and-tax bill; do we really want to destroy our economy, based on the lie of “unprecedented global warming”?


Easterbrook-Projected Cooling

See also:
The Looming Threat of Global Cooling
23 May 10 – “You thought last winter was bad? Wait until this winter,” says Dr. Don Easterbrook, Professor of Geology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
See Looming Threat of Global Cooling

See also:
Geology professor forecasts abrupt cooling

10 Nov 09 –
The lack of sun spots has surpassed all records since the Dalton Minimum, suggesting that we may be headed for a Dalton or Maunder type minimum with severe cooling.
See Geology professor forecasts abrupt cooling

3 thoughts on “Temperatures were warmer than today for most of the past 10,000 years”

  1. Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I’ve tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice. —Robert Frost

  2. That graph’s captions are wrong. It puts the Little Ice Age over a thousand years ago, when it started only 500 years.

    The actual line looks familiar so I assume it’s correct, but the conclusion that the Medieval Warm Period was hugely warmer than today it invites you to draw, is not actually in the graph. The graph suggests the MWP was roughly as warm as today, not big enough at that scale for anyone to know if it’s the same or slightly more or slightly less.

  3. Great blog, I will check back in often. The global warming scam is coming undone. 15 years of no actual warming effectively nullifies the hypothesis.

    Keep the interesting articles coming.

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