TIM WILDMON: New Year begins with ironies



In an irony of ironies moment some scientists on a ship in Antarctica studying the effect of global warming got stuck in ice and couldn’t get out. It took 10 days for these folks to be airlifted to another ship. You can get dizzy reading about the issue of global warming while also losing precious hours from your life span. I don’t believe in “man caused” global warming. What historical data we do have about the earth’s climate suggest a cyclical pattern of warming and cooling long before planes, trains and automobiles.

I would commend an article from the Forbes website by Peter Ferrara titled: “To the Horror of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling is Here.”

One paragraph from the article I found most interesting was this explanation of nature’s cycle: “The increase in global temperatures since the late 19th century just reflects the end of the Little Ice Age. The global temperature trends since then have followed not rising CO2 trends but the ocean temperature cycles of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). Every 20 to 30 years, the much colder water near the bottom of the oceans cycles up to the top, where it has a slight cooling effect on global temperatures until the sun warms that water. That warmed water then contributes to slightly warmer global temperatures, until the next churning cycle.”

And while we are on the weather, we found out what it felt like to experience a polar vortex didn’t we? I wonder if vortex can be used as a verb. In that case, we were “vortexted” by some unseen force from the North Pole which you never want to see happen because if you have a little house dog like me he still has to do his business, vortex or no vortex.

And from the world of sports, we college football fans were treated to a lot of great games this season, including many of the bowls. Ole Miss and Mississippi State both won their bowl games so there are lots of happy people around here. Even though as a State fan I was glad to see them in the Liberty Bowl, there’s just something not right about teams with a .500 record going to a bowl game. But because there are so many bowl games it’s hard to fill all the spots with teams with winning records. In fact, 10 out of the 14 SEC schools went to a bowl game. I guess all these bowls make money because they seem to keep growing in number. There must be enough people out there to watch to make it profitable. Hey, count me among them. I would have watched Arkansas State vs. Ball State live from Mobile Jan. 5, because I love watching college football. But a lot of the interest in games like this now is because so many schools have the fast-paced, action-packed, high-powered offenses. The days of great defenses are gone for now. Well, next season should be even more exciting with a new “Final Four” format. Give me the remote… I’m ready now…

Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at twildmon@afa.net.

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