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Monday, December 30, 2002
12:54 PM

Global cooling report by that old Car & Driver hand Brock Yates via Insta. He cites comments by Raymond Schmitt, Jr., a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute:

According to Schmitt, he and his buddies have discovered a mass of rogue fresh water in the salty North Atlantic that has been expanding for the last seven years. Fifteen million square miles of invading H20 that if it continues, could slow down, dilute or divert the Gulf Stream and all its cozy warm water that tempers the climate on our east coast and in Northern Europe. A nose-dive in Fahrenheit from five to 10 degrees is possible...

The United Nations resists backing off its current hysteria associated with global warming and makes assurances that any such freeze-up in the climate is unlikely before 2100. But John Gagosian, the head man at Woods Hole is still fretting. In a recent paper on the subject he warned, "In just the past year, we have seen ominous signs that we may be headed toward a potentially dangerous threshold. If we cross it, the Earth's gears could shift very rapidly, not gradually - into a completely different mode of operation."

Yates doesn't take this very seriously and uses it as a hook to promote the global-warming benefits of SUVs, but it's an interesting angle.

Light undisciplined blogging will continue during holiday mayhem.

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