Saturday, January 12, 2013

Flying Pig Moment: AGW Skeptics Might Be Right?

I was simply gobsmacked by this story out today about a new report from the National Research Council. The lead:
In the galactic scheme of things, the Sun is a remarkably constant star. While some stars exhibit dramatic pulsations, wildly yo-yoing in size and brightness, and sometimes even exploding, the luminosity of our own sun varies a measly 0.1% over the course of the 11-year solar cycle.

There is, however, a dawning realization among researchers that even these apparently tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial climate. A new report issued by the National Research Council (NRC), "The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth's Climate," lays out some of the surprisingly complex ways that solar activity can make itself felt on our planet.
Well I'll be dipped in peanut butter! This is exactly what for years now many AGW skeptics have been urging climate scientists to examine – the causes for the clear correlation between solar irradiance and climate.  The scientists are presenting this as a new revelation (the better to get research dollars approved, I'm sure), but who cares?  Understanding the actual physics underlying climate is so much better than diddling models!

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