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Some Nutter Wants Us To Return To The Little Ice Age – So He Can Ski In June

February 27, 2014
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By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/warm-weather-causing-problems-for-outdoor-sports-at-the-sochi-winter-olympic-games/

 

I have already covered this ridiculous nonsense here. At this time of year, maximum temperatures at Sochi are well over 50F, hardly the proper place to run a winter Olympics.

 

But what really interests me is the tack that CBS take in their report “Could climate change mean the end of skiing?”.

 

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Massachusetts offsets the lack of natural snow by making almost 90 percent of it themselves. The cost of snowmaking prompted the resort to build a $4 million wind turbine.

“It was something that no one had ever done before,” said Tyler Fairbank, the resort’s chief executive officer. “And it has been an absolute home run for us.”

Lower electric bills allow Fairbank to be more optimistic about the resort’s future.

“We’re in a constant state of climate change,” he said. “I don’t know if we’re seeing- I know what we’re certainly not seeing – the kinds of patterns and data that suggests that, you know, the sky is falling.”

When asked about his comments, Fox still disagrees.

“I wish he was right. I really do,” said Fox. “I would tend to believe the thousands of scientists that disagree with that opinion.”

Dahler asked Fox why there is so much resistance.

“I think there’s a long history of doubting science when it goes against the grain of what you want to happen,” said Fox.

He told Dahler that if people start reducing carbon emissions now, the loss of snow can be slowed down. But he’s not optimistic.

“Glaciers in Europe, Alpine glaciers, they’ve lost half of their volume, and that’s in the last 150 years. It’s disappearing very quickly,” he said. “There’s a chain reaction that happens when snow disappears that’s really devastating to everyone living downstream.”

 

Has it never occurred to this idiot that alpine glaciers expanded rapidly, and to hugely disastrous effect, during the Little Ice Age, which ended in the late 19thC. (Just think about that term for a minute, moron).

Respected historian, Brian Fagan, in his book “The Little Ice Age”, describes the advance of the glaciers at the time:-

 

In the 16th Century the occasional traveller would remark on the poverty and suffering of those who lived on the marginal lands in the glacier’s shadow. At that time Chamonix was an obscure poverty stricken parish in “a poor country of barren mountains never free of glaciers and frosts…half the year there is no sun…the corn is gathered in the snow…and is so mouldy it has to be heated in the oven”. Even animals were said to refuse bread made from Chamonix wheat. Avalanches caused by low temperatures and deep snowfall were a constant hazard. In 1575 a visitor described the village as “a place covered with glaciers…often the fields are entirely swept away and the wheat blown into the woods and onto the glaciers”.

In 1589 the Allalin glacier in Switzerland descended so low that it blocked the Saas valley, forming a lake. The moraine broke a few months later, sending floods downstream. Seven years later 70 people died when similar floods from the Gietroz glacier submerged the town of Martigny.

As the glaciers relentlessly pushed downslope thousands of acres of farm land were ruined and many villages were left uninhabitable such as La Bois where a government official noted “where there are still six houses. all uninhabited save two, in which live some wretched women and children…Above and adjoining the village there is a great and horrible glacier of great and incalculable volume which can promise nothing but the destruction of the houses and lands which still remain”. Eventually the village was completely abandoned.

The same official visited the hamlet of La Rosiere in 1616 and found” “The great glacier of La Rosiere every now and then goes bounding and thrashing or descending…There have been destroyed 43 journaux of land with nothing but stones and 8 houses, 7 barns and 5 little granges have been entirely ruined and destroyed”.

Alpine glaciers, which had already advanced steadily between 1546 and 1590, moved aggressively forward again between 1600 and 1616. Villages that had flourished since medieval times were in danger or already destroyed. During the long period of glacial retreat and relative quiet in earlier times, opportunistic farmers had cleared land within a kilometer of what seemed to them to be stationary ice sheets. Now their descendants paid the price with their villages and livelihoods threatened.

Between 1627 and 1633 Chamonix lost a third if its land through avalanches, snow, glaciers and flooding, and the remaining hectares were under constant threat. In 1642 the Des Bois glacier advanced “over a musket shot every day, even in August”.

By this time people near the ice front were planting only oats and a little barley in fields that were under snow for most of the year. Their forefathers had paid their tithes in wheat. Now they obtained but one harvest in three and even the grain rotted after harvesting. “The people here are so badly fed they are dark and wretched and seem only half alive”.

In 1715 the village of Le Pre-du-Bar vanished under a glacier caused landslide. The glacial high tide in the Alps came around 1750 and gradually the glaciers began their retreat, much to the relief of the people who lived there.

 

 

“There’s a chain reaction that happens when snow disappears that’s really devastating to everyone living downstream.?”

 

Can he really be so thick? Perhaps Mr Fox would prefer to go back to living under an advancing glacier 300 year ago?

And, while making his mind up, he might like to consider what caused the climate to cool so abruptly after the golden age of the Middle Ages.

I wonder what the serfs of the 13thC would have thought about the idea of a carbon tax?

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14 Comments
  1. Retired Dave permalink
    February 27, 2014 9:07 pm

    Oh Dear – it drives you mad. Well as George Carlin reminded us –

    “When you realise how stupid the average person is, you do well to remember that half of them are more stupid than that.”

    The video is on Youtube under “George Carlin Stupid People”, but be warned that his language is always strong.

    While you are there check out George Carlin on Global Warming – again a language warning but absolutely wonderful IMHO.

    • Brian H permalink
      March 10, 2014 10:58 am

      A misanthropic A-hole who wanted the Earth to prosper without humans. Listen to what he actually says.

  2. mkelly permalink
    February 27, 2014 9:12 pm

    “…well over 50C…”

    Paul, don’t you mean 50 F?

    • February 27, 2014 10:19 pm

      Ah!!

      Still can’t get used to these new fangled things.!!

  3. Andy DC permalink
    February 27, 2014 11:25 pm

    Most of the Northeast US has had well above normal snowfall this winter and also many other recent years as well. What planet is this guy living on?

  4. Joe Public permalink
    February 27, 2014 11:26 pm

    It seems the white stuff fell over Scotland instead. Reported yesterday:-

    “Most snow in hills in 69 years, says Hamish MacInnes.

    World-renowned climber Hamish MacInnes believes this winter in Scotland’s mountains is the snowiest since 1945.

    He said he had not seen such “colossal volumes” of snow since he started climbing as a youngster 69 years ago.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-26339994

  5. Michael Craig permalink
    February 28, 2014 2:22 am

    I thought a warmer world meant more snowfall? Hasn’t that been the recent message?

    For one of many, many examples, Jeff Masters explains it all here: http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/heavy-snowfall-in-a-warming-world

  6. February 28, 2014 5:22 am

    Sochi is the warmest place in the largest country on the planet – all other places in Russia are colder than Sochi

    • February 28, 2014 5:23 pm

      And the previous Olympics were in Vancouver, the warmest place in Canada.

  7. February 28, 2014 7:58 am

    Can Mr Fox be really that thick? YES!
    I suggest that any reader here be a licensed firearms owner – It will be enlightening!!
    You then will become aware of the machinations which are enslaving us all, and on a variety of issues.
    Yes – Mr Fox is a selfish, ignorant DUMBFU..K – but the majority of the electorate (at least in Australia) are definitely so – that’s the desired outcome of education and subsequent process – “bricks in a wall”! “Welcome To The Machine”.
    What else to expect from a ‘shall comply’ system (that doesn’t apply to politicians)?
    “Fools Rule” is accurate because clearly the majority haven’t sat back to observe what’s going on in the paddock. It’s a repetition of history – and that ain’t pretty.
    It’s up to those who retain functioning neurons to take the time to progressively enlighten the “Dumbfu..ks”.
    From my experience of dealing with the ignorant selfish masses over more than 40 years — it’s a bloody waste of time. If otherwise, we wouldn’t be in these messes.
    In my dimming years it’s (sadly) more entertainment than being anything effective – but why?
    We have the UN, our respective governments and police for that don’t we? After all – they know better — don’t they?
    Yes – Mr Fox and overwhelming numbers are just like him.
    Peter Cunningham.

  8. tom0mason permalink
    February 28, 2014 11:17 am

    This is the same Sochi where Stalin grew lemons?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/rbth/features/10611078/sochi-resort-stalin.html

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