Con­sider. Though the emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide rose con­stantly through­out the 20th cen­tury — with the in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion of the West, Ja­pan, South­east Asia and, fi­nally, China and In­dia — global tem­per­a­tures have not risen steadily at all. They have fluc

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One so­lar sci­en­tist, Piers Cor­byn, claims to have found a link be­tween so­lar charged par­ti­cles hit­ting the Earth and global warm­ing and cool­ing.

Oth­ers, like pro­fes­sor Don Easter­brook of West­ern Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity, con­tend that the oceans ex­plain cli­mate change. As they heat and cool cycli­cally, the Earth heats and cools. And where the oceans were cool­ing for 40 years be­fore the 1990s, they cool­ing trend that will last an­other 10 to 20 years.

The anec­do­tal ev­i­dence al­most daily con­tra­dicts Al Gore and the end-of-times en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists. Lately, there have been record-break­ing cold spells in the Mid­west and West. Snow came to Colorado this Oc­to­ber, post­pon­ing a base­ball play­off game. The hur­ri­cane sea­son turned out to be among the mildest on record. Con­trary to pre­dic­tions, the po­lar bear pop­u­la­tion seems to be do­ing fine.

While the ice cap at the North Pole is re­ced­ing, the Antarc­tic ice cap, which con­tains 90 per­cent of the world’s ice, is ex­pand­ing.

More­over, re­ced­ing ice in the Arc­tic is open­ing up a north­west pas­sage from Europe to Asia. The Rus­sians be­lieve the im­mense min­eral re­sources of the Arc­tic may soon be ac­ces­si­ble. While we wring our hands, they are rush­ing to get them.

The mount­ing ev­i­dence that global warm­ing has halted and man is not re­spon­si­ble for cli­mate change has thrown the Ky­oto II lobby into some­thing of a panic. Bar­bara Boxer and John Kerry are rebranding the Se­nate cap-and­trade bill as a na­tional se­cu­rity mea­sure.

If, how­ever, cap-and-trade, which the Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice says will be an­other blow to eco­nomic growth, can be stopped be­fore the Copen­hagen sum­mit in De­cem­ber, the repub­lic may have dodged an­other bul­let. And the goal of the glob­al­ists — an end to the in­de­pen­dence and sovereignty of the United States, and the cre­ation of a world gov­ern­ment — will have sus­tained yet an­other wel­come post­pone­ment.

Pat Buchanan is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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