Life with out energy is short and brutal

Russ Steele

I have been reading Brian Fagan’s Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History. My first post is HERE.

Paul Homewood has also been reading Fagan’s book and has drafted series of essays on his blog “Not a lot of people know that” about how difficult life was during the Little Ice Age.

I encourage readers to review these essays. Life was brutal and short during the Little Ice Age. While we have many modern devices to help us cope with the kind of climate that was present on earth during the Little Ice Age, we may soon discover that they do not work as well we planned and will have to struggle to survive.

Part I of Paul Homewood’s essay starts with a review of  Brian Fagan’s book “The Little Ice Age.”  You can read Part I here.

It is widely accepted that the planet has warmed up by a degree or so since the end of the Little Ice Age about 150 years ago. We are regularly told that this increase in temperature has already  caused  widespread damage to the global environment, from dead polar bears and rising sea levels to extreme weather and famine. The implication is clear – the world was a much better place 200 years ago. But what was it like back then? Were conditions then really better than now?

You can read Part II  HERE.

It was not only the cold that was a problem during the Little Ice Age.Throughout Europe, the years 1560-1600 were cooler and stormier, with late wine harvests and considerably stronger winds than those of the 20th Century. Storm activity increased by 85% in the second half of the 16th Century and the incidence of severe storms rose by 400%.

Perhaps the most infamous of these storms was the All Saints Flood in November 1570, which worked its way northeast up the North Sea.The storm brought enormous sea surges ashore in the Low Countries, flooding most of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Dordrecht and other cities and drowning at least 100,000 people. In the River Ems further north in Germany, sea levels rose an incredible four and a half meters above normal.

The global warmers at the UN IPCC,  EPA, and CARB, aided by a left leaning press who are trying to convince us that it is global warming that creates extreme weather, when history tells us it was cooling,not warming that creates extremes.

Read the essays and and then read Fagan’s book. If we are going to experience another grand minimum you will be prepared to adapt to the changing climate. The warmers will perish as they reduce energy consumption in a futile attempt to control how we live our lives.  Read and prepare for the coming climate misery!

3 thoughts on “Life with out energy is short and brutal

  1. Paul Homewood November 12, 2011 / 4:05 am

    One thing is certain. Sooner or later another LIA event will occur. Judging from historical trends they seem to come along about every 1000 years, which means we could get the next in another couple of hundred years.

    We should be preparing for this eventuality as a global community rather than worrying about an odd degree or two of warming.

  2. Rosco November 12, 2011 / 3:55 pm

    I live in Australia – have done so since 1954. LaNina periods have consistently produced the major storm, cyclone and precipitation events. During the ElNino periods the weather is much more stable with less precipitation and few storms – even drought. We have experienced some severe fire episodes during these times.

    I never cease to wonder that John Daly, urged greater emphasis be placed on studying the ElNino/LaNina cycles, was ignored by the Australian scientific organisations who preferred to study a trace atmospheric gas.

    I think there should be little doubt about the importance of the ElNino/LaNina cycle given the evidence I have seen over my life – especially 2 major flood events in Australia – 1974 and 2011 – and lets not forget Thailand 2011.

    If Theodor Landscheidt is right –

    “We need not wait until 2030 to see whether the forecast of the next deep Gleissberg minimum is correct. A declining trend in solar activity and global temperature should become manifest long before the deepest point in the development. The current 11-year sunspot cycle 23 with its considerably weaker activity seems to be a first indication of the new trend, especially as it was predicted on the basis of solar motion cycles two decades ago. As to temperature, only El Niño periods should interrupt the downward trend, but even El Niños should become less frequent and strong. The outcome of this further long-range climate forecast solely based on solar activity may be considered to be a touchstone of the IPCC’s hypothesis of man-made global warming.”

    – we may experience a little ice age ourselves.

    • Russ November 13, 2011 / 9:28 pm


      Thanks for the insight. John Daly was one of my early inspiration after i discovered his web site.

      Ellen and I were in Australia about eight years ago and we went to Alice Springs and landed the day after a rain storm. We were told it had been 14 years since the last rain storm. No idea if the locals were pulling our legs, but it was still very dry. We really enjoyed our visit and are looking forward seeing more of western and northern Australia on a return trip someday if we can ever get our economy moving again.

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