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Briefly: A recent article on BBC News (Is our Sun falling silent? by Rebecca Morelle) highlights a freaky silent period of solar activity that some say may lead to some colder winters in Europe.

Prime fodder for denialists, particularly with their capacity to ignore large swaths of information in articles in order to cherry pick phrases.

Go read and share the article - but don't forget to illustrate one of the key elements within it - feel free to use this image:

Because the deniers will attempt to latch onto select bits of this and ignore this very significant section, here's the money quote re: the BBC article on the eerily inactive Sun. Please share the image excerpt along with the article link (
The key points from the BBC article: the solar minimum will have minimal impact on global climate.
Pre-empt denialist talking points before they begin, and help spread knowledge among the masses. The crazies and the vested interests (yes, that may very well be redundant) sow their ripe propaganda everywhere; so, let's take advantage of their fertile droppings and start adding some seeds of knowledge & wisdom.


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  •  I had the same thought this morning. (3+ / 0-)
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    Mary Mike, GreyHawk, Eric Nelson

    I'll be curious to see how much of this news is presented should it make more of an appearance in the US mainstream media, whether it loses some sections and goes stronger on others. Or realigns stuff so the section you blockquoted comes towards the bottom after all the frosty bits freeze everyone's brains.

    Thanks for the diary. It's a good thing to watch out for. We don't need to go even a fraction of a millimeter backwards in people's thinking.

  •  Solar output has decreased slightly (4+ / 0-)
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    Mary Mike, GreyHawk, IndieGuy, Eric Nelson

    over the last 70 years.  No one who understands this could claim that the solar output is

    overriding the effect of greenhouse gas emissions.
    The last time in history that we had a "quiet sun" over a period of decades the effects over the entire world were minor.  There may have been an amplification of the effects in the Northern Atlantic, and that has been used too much as an indication of the overall effect.

    Since the Earth has been warming while the solar output has been slightly decreasing (really, essentially unchanged), it's unlikely that there will be a reversal in the global trends.

    The larger regional trends will depend more on what happens to polar circulations and to jet streams.  What happens in the sun will be of greater interest to astrophysicists than to climate scientists.

    "Trust only those who doubt" Lu Xun

    by LookingUp on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 10:37:11 AM PST

  •  Yes; I've heard this solar activity claim used by. (1+ / 0-)
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    republicans climate deniers many times;

    Senate Climate Hearings Hosted By Denialists, Obstructionists By Zack Beauchamp    on  July 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm


    1. James Inhofe, Oklahoma: thinks climate change is God's irreversable plan

    2. David Vitter, Louisiana: is the idiot Koch shill blocking funding for climate mitigation

    3. John Barrasso, Wyoming: another idot and Glen Beck sycophant wants to end the EPA

    4. Jeff Sessions, Alabama: is anti cap & trade and believes that carbon pollution is perfectly natural

    5. Mike Crapo, Idaho: Crapo’s official website features a page full of misinformation about climate science, claiming among other things that “the underlying cause of…climactic shifts is ultimately not well-understood” and implying that

    “[n]atural factors such as solar activity, volcanic eruptions and orbital changes” may explain our current period of warming (nope).
    He has also decried air pollution and then, in the same breath advocated expanded oil drilling in the United States.

    6. Mike Johans, Nebraska: another anti cap & trade corporate shill

    7. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee: stands out amongst the deniers by accepting global warming as real yet is beholden to big polluters and also wants to neuter the EPA

    Thx GreyHawk - for pointing out this false narrative adopted by the right as fodder for their protection of polluters

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