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December 1, 2005

Though alarmists argue that ferocious hurricanes and increasing temperatures are symptoms of man-made global warming, author Robert W. Felix, in his book, "Not by Fire, But by Ice: The Next Ice Age Now," predicts the earth will be hit with another ice age before the polar ice caps melt.

Consider the facts:

  • The earth gained about one degree Fahrenheit between 1850 and 1940, but it was even warmer millions of years ago than it is now, and it is not showing signs of significant warming.
  • The Ice Shelf in Greenland and the Antarctic is not melting away; it's actually getting thicker.
  • The earth has been in an interglacial period between ice ages, lasting about 11,000 years, so we are due for another ice age soon.

According to Felix, warming oceans lead to increasing evaporation, resulting in more precipitation and more snow, which will usher in a new ice age.

Furthermore, he explains, mass extinctions of animal and humankind have been the rule, not the exception, for the past 3.5 billion years.

Sources: Alan Caruba, "An Icy End for Mankind?" Science and Environmental Policy Project, November 26, 2005; and Robert W. Felix, "Not by Fire, But by Ice: The Next Ice Age Now," Bellevue, WA: Sugarhouse Publishing.


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