So, The Sun Has No Effect On Global Warming?

Let's ask Fred Thompson, writing over at National Review (h/t Blogs for Bush)

Some people think that our planet is suffering from a fever.  Now scientists are telling us that Mars is experiencing its own planetary warming: Martian warming. It seems scientists have noticed recently that quite a few planets in our solar system seem to be heating up a bit, including Pluto.

NASA says the Martian South Pole’s “ice cap” has been shrinking for three summers in a row. Maybe Mars got its fever from earth. If so, I guess Jupiter’s caught the same cold, because it’s warming up too, like Pluto.

This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air-conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle.

Now, this will beg the question, "what the hell does an actor and former Congress Critter (and hopefully a Presidential candidate) know about climatology? WHAT are his degrees?"

Well, he has the same degrees as Al Gore.

But, let's check with the scientists.

How about all the way back in 2001

Mars would make a lousy host for the Winter Olympics. Yes, there's the lack of air to consider. But more important, Martian snow turns out to be rock hard. Worse, it is melting away at an alarming rate.

In fact, Mars may be in the midst of a period of profound climate change, according to a new study that shows dramatic year-to-year losses of snow at the south pole.

Is Space a credible scientific journal? How about National Geographic from 2007?

Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet's recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist's controversial theory.

Earth is currently experiencing rapid warming, which the vast majority of climate scientists says is due to humans pumping huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. (Get an overview: "Global Warming Fast Facts".)

Mars, too, appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures.

In 2005 data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide "ice caps" near Mars's south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row.

Must be a coincidence that Mars happens to be experiencing a warming period, right? It couldn't be the Sun, I suppose

In what is largely a reversal of an August announcement, astronomers today said Pluto is undergoing global warming in its thin atmosphere even as it moves farther from the Sun on its long, odd-shaped orbit.

Pluto's atmospheric pressure has tripled over the past 14 years, indicating a stark temperature rise, the researchers said. The change is likely a seasonal event, much as seasons on Earth change as the hemispheres alter their inclination to the Sun during the planet's annual orbit.

How about from MIT? The U of Tasmania? Sky and Telescope?

There are no cars on the other planets, unless they are invisible. Maybe all the industry is underground. Or, maybe, just maybe, that big ball of nuclear fire that gives us life can actually *GASP* cause warming trends. Is that possible?

Hey, if it keeps Dejah Thoris unclothed, all the better! Hey, maybe it is the Thoats causing all the global warming on Mars!

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9 Responses to “So, The Sun Has No Effect On Global Warming?”

  1. darthcrUSAderworldtour2007 says:

    WT: Your art work and pin-ups are better than popping Cialis and Viagra! The above sun goddess brings out the Thor in me! “Frau Vader – it’s shower time!”
    I heard Sen. Fred Thompson on the Laura Ingraham show last week and he would have my vote! Fred is a tell it like it is STATESMAN and Tennesseeans would love to be in the Oval Office in 2008! No Stainmaster nor Scoth Guard sprays would be needed, and cigars would be actually smoked. Have a great weekend WT!

  2. Silke says:

    Teach said: Or, maybe, just maybe, that big ball of nuclear fire that gives us life can actually *GASP* cause warming trends. Is that possible?

    Not according to the MIT article you cite:

    “Jay Pasachoff, an astronomy professor at Williams College, said that Pluto’s global warming was “likely not connected with that of the Earth. The major way they could be connected is if the warming was caused by a large increase in sunlight. But the solar constant–the amount of sunlight received each second–is carefully monitored by spacecraft, and we know the sun’s output is much too steady to be changing the temperature of Pluto.””

  3. John Ryan says:

    Better check on what Our Dear Leader Bush has said about Global Warming.

  4. Silke says:

    Teach, this was from the National Geographic article you cite…

    “The conventional theory is that climate changes on Mars can be explained primarily by small alterations in the planet’s orbit and tilt, not by changes in the sun.”

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  6. Calvin Jones says:

    I guess it’s all a matter of who you trust.I trust scientists; ofcourse they could have an agenda but to assume that would be to give up on ever getting an answer…who else can you ask about climate change that a climatologist?My link is to a video by the american association for the advancedment of science it states the views of the overwhelimng majority of scientists.

  7. Just because Bush says something, doesn’t mean I agree with it. I do no follow him blindly on every issue like liberals follow their leaders. Bush is a disgrace when it comes to illegal immigration and spending, and I disagree with him on global warming.

    Why can the sun have no influence on global temperatures? Folks who believe in global warmining as caused by man continue to fail to address that.

  8. Silke says:

    Teach, the sun can have an influence – but in this particular case the sun is being carefully monitored and it’s not the reason. Even the articles you cite in this post don’t support your claim. Can you explain that?

  9. Reasic says:

    Teach, the sun is the source of our warming. In that sense, it does have an influence on global temperatures. However, it stays constant. What climate scientists are concerned with are temperature anomalies. These changes in temperature are mostly due to changes in the concentration of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, which absorb infrared radiation, thereby trapping in heat (amplifying the sun’s effect).

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