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The Coming Modern Grand Solar Minimum

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The coming Grand Solar Minimum, is something that will have much more impact on the environment than anything we puny humans can do. It generated a lot of interest from all sides, so it’s time to delve deeper into what we can expect. Starting with the hype: During the last grand solar minimum (GSM), the Maunder Minimum of 1645 to 1715, glaciers advanced, rivers froze, sea ice expanded — in short, the Little Ice Age. Is another one is almost upon us?

Probably not. Maunder occurred at the tail end of a bi-millennial cycle. These cycles range between 2,000 and 2,600 years in length and see the Earth first warm, then cool. Gradual cooling had been going on for hundreds of years. Maunder just capped it off. Today we are a few hundred years into the warming phase of the subsequent bi-millennial cycle. Different starting conditions yield different paths.

The progressives say that we’re so deep into anthropogenically accelerated climate change (AACC) that there’s almost no time left to turn things around. If we don’t act now, it will be too late.

Nope, sorry squad members. What we can predict, instead, is an overall temperature reduction of 1 degree Centigrade by the end of the GSM. Afterward, natural warming at the rate of around 0.5 C. every hundred years will continue for the next 600 years or so.

That gives us a good 35 to 50 years to hone the science and come up with the best ways to mitigate the impact of unstoppable global warming on humankind; until, that is, it naturally reverses. See suggestions below for better uses of funding currently earmarked to address the “climate crisis.”

Reasonably speaking: We’ve been warming, so the cooling of the GSM will just even us out for a while. Therefore, nothing to worry about, right?

Well, not quite. There are a few worries. Plants grow in response to warmth, moisture, nutrients, and most importantly sunlight. Even if the temperature does not plunge to glacial depths, some cooling will take place and clouds are expected to grow denser and cover much of the earth’s surface as this GSM bottoms out. If normally-correlating volcanism takes place, the additional material in the atmosphere will further darken the globe and provide even more opportunity for condensation and cloud formation.

Last year, Dr. Valentina Zharkova wrote “This global cooling during the upcoming grand solar minimum…would require inter-government efforts to tackle problems with heat and food supplies for the whole population of the Earth” (not to mention their livestock).

The pessimists ask, what else can go wrong? Well, cooling will increase the demand for heat, darker days will increase the demand for light, and unfavorable outside conditions will increase the demand for power for enclosed food production. With more power needed, the amount we currently rely on from solar installations will decrease as cloud cover limits their efficacy.

A decrease in solar ultraviolet radiation can be expected to slow the formation of ozone in the atmosphere, a lack of which tends to destabilize the jet stream, causing wilder weather. Wind generators turn off when the wind is excessively strong. As we now know, they are not immune from freezing in place.

In the face of a greater demand for power, we will generate less.

Even worse is this: Historically, GSMs have been associated with extreme weather events. Floods, droughts, heavy snowfall, late springs, and early autumns have all resulted in famine. Famine during GSMs has led to starvation and societal upheaval. No one wants the former, and I think we’ve seen enough of the latter this past year or so to do for our lifetimes.

We’re about 16 months into this GSM, with 32 more years to go. Already 2019 and 2020 saw record low numbers of sunspots. We’ve had lower than expected crop harvests due to unseasonable rains both years. The April 2021 USDA World Agricultural Product report has articles detailing Taiwan’s expected 20% decrease in rice production this year over last, Cuba’s rice production 15% below its five-year average, Argentina’s corn, Australia’s cotton, Malaysia’s palm oil — all down, all due primarily to the weather. There are some expected bumper crops, all based on expanded acreage.

We’ve got seven years until we hit the trough. There’s no time to lose. Fortunately, We the People are amazing. We’re strong, courageous, resilient, smart, well-educated, and clever. We are capable of coming together for a common cause and working well together regardless of politics and other differences. We must pull together to make sure we all survive the coming tumult. Here’s what we do.

On the federal level, take the brakes off energy production. No more talk of closing power plants, especially coal-fired ones, or of removing hydroelectric dams. Reinstate the Keystone XL pipeline; we’re going to need that fuel available to us when the predictable contraction of the global fuel market occurs. Extend the tax credits for those who install solar power. Production may not be optimal during the GSM, but as much as can occur will take a load off commercial energy.

At the United Nations, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield should prioritize preparations for the coming dark, cold years. It is in the world’s best interest that all nations cease aggressions, even if just for a decade or so, so that we all may turn our resources to securing the lives of our peoples.

The USDA should not just take the brakes off agricultural production; it should encourage all producers to ramp it up. We need to have enough on hand to address the expected shortfall between production and requirement for at least five years. All loans to all farmers should be forgiven if they will agree to get on board with maximizing production. Garden seed producers, along with all other producers and processors, should be given significant tax credits for ramping up their production too.

Commerce should support vastly expanded food processing for long-term storage. Congress should fund the acquisition and storage of surplus staples and other food commodities so that sufficient amounts are on hand to keep our markets, feeding programs, and food banks operating when crop after crop begins to fail. Stockpiling for our future should take precedence over exports.

The NSC should demand a reconstitution of our strategic grain reserve, and that we prepare not just for ourselves, but to be able to share with needy neighbors and allies to keep America secure.

State, local, and tribal governments should clear away barriers to gardening and small animal production, including not limiting water catchment for gardening. Everything folks can do for themselves will take pressure off public services and limited markets. Local Emergency Services operations should also look at acquiring stocks of staples to help support their residents, as was done in many places last year.

Individuals, as well as schools and other institutions, should begin to garden, even if it’s just pots in a window. It’s a skill that takes time to learn and practice. Everyone should begin to preserve food for the hard times coming – freezing, canning, drying, smoking, pickling. As much as we can do for ourselves, we won’t be looking for someone else to have done for us.

This is really most important. We need to act now while food production is still relatively normal. Later on, if there’s nothing to buy, it won’t matter how much money we have on hand, as individuals or as a nation.

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  1. We used to hunt regularly in the Urewera forest and would drop in on an old hermit living in the forest, his name was Don and he’d been a NZ champion boxer in his younger days, he’d been living there with the permission of the farmer for over 20 years and was a very good hunter.
    Hanging from his hut were numerous big hunks of Venison, pork and goat that he’d salted and smoked some of it very old yet with a sharp knife he’d cut off the outside 2 or 3 mm and it was still entirely edible, maybe we’ll have to resort to that sort of thing if the shit really hits the fan.
    He was a heavy smoker so the color of the bits hanging from his hut made me wary but will admit his stews made from the meat were delicious.

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    • We’re pursuing old school techniques of food preservation and thats one of the ways we are yet to give a go, meats so valuable we’ve been too pussy to gamble a half carcass for the cause. If you had a cellar i believe that you could keep meat preserved that way for quite some time… hanging in a hut probs not ideal but obviously doable.
      Its amazing how quickly we forget/lose basic skills that were everyday tasks 80-100yrs ago, we have eggs stored that are 14mmths old and still look n taste like the day they were laid, grandad seen them in the bucket and he told us he remembered as a kid going to get eggs from the bucket but never knew why they were stored like that. Mention water glassing today and with the exception of a few off gridders or self suficient lifestylers youll get a blank look and a wtf.

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      • Curing meat is not difficult. All it takes is salt to lower the moisture content, a nitrate to fix the colour of the meat* while smoking assists the keeping process. Sugar while often added does nothing except add flavour & prevent toughening.

        But salt! The medical profession will shit its collective panties should salted meat be consumed.

        * All nitrates are carcinogens but they’re not necessary if you like grey ham. Remember the grey/brown bits in corned silverside where the brine hadn’t penetrated?

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  2. Need a few more volcanoes to blow their tops too, atmospheric dust is at all time lows, dust reflects the suns radiation hence fuckhead bill gates plan to spread dust in the upper atmosphere… now if it was co2 and mans polluting ways thats warming the planet why would mr climatefear monger be working with dust?
    The dust stats n graphs i looked into and posted a year or so ago on KB were very interesting as the dust levels dropping since early 1900s and temps rising were an almost exact match with maybe a 5 year lag time. If i have time later ill have a hunt for them again but pretty sure it was from nasa data.

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  3. Could be the internal combustion engine, petrol and diesel power, could be important given their capacity to operate in cold conditions.

    The current government has no demonstrated capacity to handle any government level strategic demands in this or any aspect of life in New Zealand. Personal responsibility and attention to a changing situation will be required.

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    • Easier to keep warm then cool down, i like southland (most of the time) for that reason.
      Also crops still grow in mud they cant in dust, foodwise we are better to cool then warm.

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    • True that ROL, my good mate down here just replaced his now illegal fireplace with a heatpump even though i advised him to install a compliant woodburner. Anyways earlier this week snow low down on the hills cold as fark and my boss accidentaly took out a powerpole cutting electricity to town for several hours… my mate discovered very quickly how shithouse heatpumps are in a situation like that, my wifey put a stew on top of the fire and the camping jug so i made sure i sent him pics and rubbed it in 🙂
      I also sent him stuffeds fearmonger piece of low hydro lakes and potential winter blackouts just for an extra dig.

      2 forms heating people and be sure theyre different energy sources too and remember most gas hotwater califonts dont work in a blackout unless theyre battery operated.

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  4. Just built a raised bed garden. To ruralise my urban. From 21m of 8” x 2” macrocarpa sleepers. Studied up on hugelkulchur and have a pile of compost ready. Bring on the ice storms, I’m ready.

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