Did you know in the 17th Century the sun experienced 70 years of spotless activity? During the Maunder Minimum, the world experienced a Little Ice Age.
“…The Maunder Minimum coincided with the middle — and coldest part — of the Little Ice Age, during which Europe and North America, and perhaps much of the rest of the world, were subjected to bitterly cold winters. Whether there is a causal connection between low sunspot activity and cold winters is the subject of ongoing debate (e.g., see Global Warming)…”
What if we are at the beginning of another such “minimum”? If so will it bring on another period of cooling? If this is the case, why do we need to be curbing Global Warming? If this is the case and we have one big volcanic explosion, we’re going to need all the Global Warming we can get – but the tone deaf ideologues who pretend to be scientists are not going to mention this, are they?
“...If sunspots do go away, it wouldn’t be the first time. In the 17th century, the sun plunged into a 70-year period of spotlessness known as the Maunder Minimum that still baffles scientists. The sunspot drought began in 1645 and lasted until 1715; during that time, some of the best astronomers in history (e.g., Cassini) monitored the sun and failed to count more than a few dozen sunspots per year, compared to the usual thousands.
“Whether [the current downturn] is an omen of long-term sunspot decline, analogous to the Maunder Minimum, remains to be seen,” Livingston and Penn caution in a recent issue of EOS. “Other indications of solar activity suggest that sunspots must return in earnest within the next year.”…”