Most of the world seems to have entered a deep freeze.
The U.S. is having its worst winter in 25 years: In Iowa, temperatures are 30 degrees below normal; 3 people have died from cold in Memphis, TN; a nuclear power plant in New Jersey is shut down because of ice; and sub-freezing temps have hit Texas and Florida, imperiling the orange and strawberry crops.
Across the pond, Britain is gripped in the worst cold spell in 30 years and faces running out of gas if consumption is not reduced and foreign imports not rushed in.
The BBC reports that dozens of people have died in a cold snap sweeping through Northern India, prompting authorities to shut thousands of schools and dole out firewood. At the same time, the Associated Press reports that temperatures plummeted across much of Asia, with record snow falling on China, the Korean peninsula, and Japan. Planes were grounded and thousands of schools were forced to close as the heaviest snow in over six decades blanketed Beijing and Seoul. One person was killed and at least two others were missing in the mountains of central Japan after heavy snow.
Meanwhile, the UK Guardian reports that a fourth consecutive early and bitterly cold winter is threatening the very survival of poor villages in the Peruvian Andes, at almost 4,700m above sea level. Their animals and now their children are dying and in such escalating numbers that many fear that life in the village may be rapidly approaching an end.
Response from Al Gore, Michael Mann, Phil Jones, and the rest of the Anthropogenic Global Warming cabal:
Far from the earth warming, there are some who find the long spell we’ve been having of no or few sun spots to be increasingly disquieting. Sun spot activity has a direct impact on Earth’s climate and temperature: no or few sun spots are correlated with colder temps on earth. An inactive sun could lead us into nothing less than a new ice age.
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