Warmist Uses Little Ice Age To Position Climate Change As Bad

I’ve read this bit of climainsanity 4 times, and it gets nuttier each time

(Daily Beast) In the 14th century, four centuries of mild weather came to an abrupt halt in Europe. Famine and frigid temperatures ensued, and roughly 10 percent of the population died.

“‘Natural’ disasters are most disastrous when humanity gives them a push,” William Rosen asserts, and his lucid exposition of the fatal interaction of ecological, agricultural, economic, and political factors that led to the Great Famine of 1315-1322 should give pause to anyone who thinks we have outgrown such shortsightedness.

Long before the bitter cold winters and drenching rains of the early 14th century announced the end of the Medieval Warm Period (MWP), Europe had expanded dangerously close to the limits of its resources. Four centuries of unusually mild temperatures (the highest in 8,000 years), prompted the continent’s farmers to plant crops on vast quantities of land previously unsuitable for agriculture; the increased food supply in turn fueled a population explosion that tripled the number of people in medieval Europe.

If you’re thinking “these nutballs aren’t going to Blame mankind for the LIA”, um, yeah, they try

To 21st-century skeptics who cite the initially beneficent effects of the MWP as proof that global warming is no big deal, Rosen responds by pointing out that the MWP was “a Northern Hemisphere phenomenon … there is still little evidence that worldwide temperatures were, on average, warmer than today.” Moreover, the growth fueled by the MWP proved to be unsustainable.

“More and more marginal land was producing a larger and larger percentage of [Europe’s] food,” the author notes. When those marginal lands ceased to produce due to frosts and floods, the millions of extra mouths to be fed remained. Rebellions and civil wars exacerbated the impact of an unprecedented quarter-century of terrible weather and deadly livestock diseases. Two consecutive harvest failures in 1314 and 1315 launched seven years of famine, resulting in the deaths of between 5 and 12 percent of the population of northern Europe.

Except, there’s plenty if evidence of the MWP being worldwide, but, really, I love the suggestion that the MWP was localized to the European area and all that great farming and human activities led to the LIA.

While vividly re-creating a bygone civilization, he invites us to look beyond our significant but ultimately superficial differences and recognize that we too live in fragile equilibrium with the natural world whose resources we recklessly exploit, and that like our medieval forebears we may well be vulnerable to “a sudden shift in the weather.”

Strange how shifts to cool cause so many problems for Mankind while things go well when warm, eh?

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7 Responses to “Warmist Uses Little Ice Age To Position Climate Change As Bad”

  1. John says:

    The US Navy. The freakin Pope.
    50% of the GOP
    The Polar Ice cap
    People have known for 120 years that CO2 traps infrared radiation but not UV
    The leader of the dentists Inhofe thinks that the world is less than 10000 years old

  2. JGlanton says:

    CO2 does not “trap” infrared radiation. It absorbs one IR photon and re-emits another. At the same LWIR wavelength where water vapor absorbs most of the available IR photons. That shouldn’t add heat or trap heat, just bounce it around. If there is a warming effect from this, it is infinitesimal and efforts to measure it have failed. If the greenhouse gas theory was true, you would be able to measure a warming in the upper troposphere above where the water vapor is. But they could not measure anything there. Probably because the temperature of a column of gas is not affected by the type of gas in it. One of the many laws of physics and thermodynamics that the so-called climate scientists ignore.

  3. JGlanton says:

    Was there supposed to be a link or some content to this blog post?

    I zsee nuthink!

  4. Jeffery says:


    Not true. In fact, if the amount of radiation leaving the Earth is decreased because of greenhouse gases, one would expect to find a cooler upper atmosphere. And that’s exactly what is found. That radiation “just bouncing around” in the atmosphere is radiation not making its way into space. Do you really not understand that an atmosphere with water vapor and CO2 keeps a planet warmer than a planet without an atmosphere?

    So the greenhouse effect has stood the test of time for over a century and yet a commenter at a blog refutes it! What are the odds? You are like ground zero for denialism.

    Teach: There is no link.

  5. JGlanton says:

    Sigh. You’re so far off on a tangent it isn’t possible to have a discussion. Three logical fallacies and a strawman in one post? Fuggettaboutit.

  6. Jeffery says:


    You correctly explained that infrared radiation that normally makes its way into space spends its time “bouncing” around in the atmosphere because of increased CO2. Thermometers register this increased infrared radiation as increased temperature.

  7. john says:

    Many humans are vulnerable to climate change. Teach has been privileged to not be one of those
    When it gets too hot Teach and just crank the AC up

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