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The Salem Witch Trials, and Climate Change

Beginning in 1692, 200 people in the settlement of Salem, Massachusetts were accused of witchcraft. 20 were eventually executed. Rather than fair trials with hard facts, spurious “spectral evidence” was used to convict the accused.

Recently, President Obama announced an imposing program to deal with what advocates term “climate disruption.” It used to be global cooling, then was changed to global warming, then climate change. Embarrassing facts kept mandating name revisions. By no small coincidence, much of the agenda of those, mostly on the political left, perpetuating the belief of man-made changes to the environment happens to fit precisely with the political agenda they have been attempting to impose in one way or another for decades.

Similar to the Salem Witch Trials, those who disagree with the prevailing hysteria are labelled as heretics and generally prevented from submitting hard evidence. The falsifying of data by advocates is ignored. Scientific evidence of prior periods of climate swings is given minimal consideration.

The reason for the hard blocking of evidence by proponents of the theory of man-made global climate disruption is the difficulty of the task they face. From the dawn of Earth’s existence, the climate has periodically altered, heating and cooling even before the existence of humankind. What is occurring currently appears to be part of that unending cycle. But advocates, like the President, must convince the public that this is a threat caused by an economic system they oppose in order to pass laws and regulations that replaces free enterprise with the top-down economic system they prefer.

Increasingly, studies by researchers across the planet about this very normal cyclical pattern are becoming increasingly difficult to sweep under the rug. This threatens the agenda of those seeking to use normal climatic changes as an excuse to impose their agenda.

Consider just a few examples of recent scientific research:

Science magazine recently reported a study by three scientists noting that water temperatures during the Medieval Warming Period were warmer than those today. The report also notes that “normal cyclical changes, not human activity, is responsible for current temperature fluctuations.”

Swedish researchers studying forestry patterns have concluded that “there is nothing unusual, unnatural, or unprecedented about Earth’s current level of warmth.”

James M. Taylor, managing editor of Environment & Climate News writes in Forbes that “assertions that warming temperatures in the United States are causing a host of problems are soundly contradicted by objective temperature data. The U.S. Historical Climatology Network’s thermometers, which have been measuring U.S. temperatures since the 1890, show no long-term trend in U.S. temperatures.”

The list goes on and on. The news is even worse for advocates of the global warming theory, as astronomers around the world increasingly report that, due to decreased solar activity, global cooling may be more of a reality than global warming.

For those with an agenda to alter America’s economic system, hard scientific evidence is as unwelcome as common sense was to the Salem judges who ordered 20 innocents executed for witchcraft hundreds of years ago.

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