As the 'Encyclopaedia Britannica' has it:
"The mean solar activity was quite low [during this period], but positive fluctuations occurred around 1540–90 and 1770–1800. The main westerly storm belts shifted about 500 kilometres to the south, and for much of the time the northern latitudes came under cool continental conditions. Observed temperature series in Europe from Paris to Leningrad show large fluctuations until 1850.Whilst I do not consider for a moment that this mythical entity that theists refer to as 'God' caused the global warming that brought these ice ages to and end, I am still waiting to be convinced by the scientists who claim that mankind is mainly responsible for our current state of affairs - and also how they explain the previous episodes of global warming since it is clear that mankind was not responsible for those.
Glacier advances are recorded in the Alps, in the Sierra Nevada, and in Alaska. Corresponding low sea levels are recorded by early tide gauge records in The Netherlands and Germany. Even in equatorial latitudes there are traces of mountain glacier advances (as in the Andes of Colombia)."Holocene Epoch. (2007). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved December 17, 2007, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online Library Edition: http://library.eb.co.uk/eb/article-70038
I am also left wondering how many of those scientists are themselves theists, and what role they ascribe to their 'God' for the current situation.
As for our politicians - here in the UK at least it's quite clear that they have another agenda entirely, which I suspect is the social control much beloved by so-called 'socialists', and that they are using the spectre of global warming to further their own political ends. Evidence of this is far too voluminous to recount here,so a single example will have to suffice, though I'm sure, dear reader, that you can come up with a few more of your own:-
- Why does the government not impose a ban on manufacturing, selling, or using internal combustion engined vehicles that can do more than, say, 56MPH (the speed at which most vehicles are designed to be most economical with regard to fuel burn/emissions)? For example, an average of around 131,000 cars a month were produced in the three months to July 2007 (ONS), and ALL of those were capable of exceeding that limit, thereby impacting directly on fossil-fuel waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
But then hasn't it always been that way, with the self-appointed 'high-priests' of whatever movement is fashionable telling their flocks how to live their own miserable lives whilst they themselves live high on the hog.
Perhaps 'global warming' is the new theism and the IPCC Report the new 'holy scripture'?